Founded in 1807, the Handel Society of Dartmouth College is proud to be America’s oldest town-gown choral society. The ensemble performs an exhilarating range of choral and choral-orchestral music, from long-treasured masterworks to stunning contemporary pieces and new commissions. Whether we are performing at Dartmouth or on tour, our goal is to provide transformative musical experiences for performers and audiences alike.
May 18 and 19, 2013 J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion
More than 280 years after it was first heard during Good Friday services in Leipzig, Germany, Bach’s soulful and dramatic retelling of the Biblical Gospel of St. Matthew remains one of the most moving works of the choral repertoire, at once monumental and intimate. Dartmouth’s town-gown choral ensemble performs this work, joined by a dynamic orchestra and stellar guest soloists as well as the Handel Society Children’s Chorus—which last joined the Handel Society for its 2008 performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
February 24, 2013 Glimpses of Love with the Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble (World Premiere)
Handel Society to Perform Premiere of Award-Winning Alumni Composer’s Piece. Click to read the complete Dartmouth Now article and see a rehearsal video of Roots & Wings by Oliver Caplan ’04.
Click below to watch the video trailer for Away From Home.
The Handel Society celebrates coming home with a diverse program for chorus and orchestra including the great American composer John Corigliano’s setting of the Dylan Thomas poem Fern Hill, which evokes the poet's “young and easy” summers at his family’s farm. In honor of the Hop’s 50th anniversary, the Society premieres a commissioned work, Roots and Wings, by up-and-coming young composer (and 2004 Dartmouth graduate) Oliver Caplan, and previews music by Palestrina, Victoria, and Bruckner from the Society's upcoming Italian tour.
A work that has been 200 years in the making: The Handel Society of Dartmouth College 1807-2007 by J. Heywood Alexander with David T. Robinson. This book, complete with a CD of historic recordings is available for purchase by clicking here.