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 17, 2014 Mozart Mass in C Minor
Mozart never finished his two greatest choral masterpieces. Fortunately for us, the brilliant Harvard pianist and scholar Robert Levin did, “completing” Mozart’s Requiem in 1991 and his Mass in C minor in 2005 (“a glorious, fully Mozartean vision of a complete Mass… as inspired a guess as we’re likely to hear”—The New York Times). In this concert, Dartmouth’s 100-voice chorus is joined by tenor Dann Coakwell; baritone David McFerrin; and sopranos Julia Steinbok and Amy Shoremount-Obra.
November 19, 2013 Poulenc Gloria
Premiering in 1961 in Boston, Poulenc’s Gloria has become one of the most celebrated choral interpretations of this Latin text, and marked a high point in the love affair between America and this consummately French composer. Moving between anguished dissonance and lush harmonies, between vigorous counterpoint and endearing melodies, Poulenc’s colorful musical palette expresses emotions from serenity to unabashed glee. With full orchestra and soprano soloist.
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.