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George Frideric Handel and the Messiah

This course will consider the life and career of G.F. Handel and place him in his historical and musical context, with a special emphasis on the magnificent Messiah. One session will be presented by Prof. Michael Slon, who will focus on the Messiah, its compositional and contextual history, as well as on practical matters related to the performance of this extraordinary oratorio.  

Instructor Bio:

Charles Hamilton is a retired attorney who has had a long-standing interest in the history of music and of Europe and England in the 18th century. He will lead three classes devoted to the life of George Frideric Handel and place him in his historical and musical environment. Michael Slon is well known to OLLI members and residents of Charlottesville. He is an Associate Professor, and the Director of Choral Music at UVA’s McIntire Department of Music. Since 2011, he has also served as Music Director of the Oratorio Society of Virginia. He has conducted a broad range of works from the choral repertoire including, of course, Handel’s Messiah.

Required Reading:

Nothing is required other than an attentive set of ears.

Recommended Reading:

No reading is required for this course. Handouts may be provided as the class proceeds.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A202 Charles Hamilton Oct 2, 9, 16, 23 Tu 10:00-11:30 a.m. Meadows Presbyterian Church A

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