Letter From the Director:

Dear Fellow Handelians,

Seattle is an amazing place. For the past 30 years the Handel Festival has been a four-day scholarly conference with a couple of concerts, but when I breathed the words “Handel Festival” to Seattle musicians, this was the astonishing result: American Handel Festival Brochure. 26 organizations are collaborating on this festival!

I was surprised to discover that the audiences for the organizations hardly overlap at all. So if you’re a regular ticket buyer for one group, I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and try some other events. I”m happy to make recommendations or answer questions: mronish@flash.net. There are some daytime events, some very inexpensive performances, free lectures, and a 10% discount if you buy a ticket package of four events or more: 206-999-7045.

We have a newly-composed one-act opera by Ben Bernstein, Man in the Mirror sung by Seattle’s own renowned tenor Ross Hauck–a don’t-miss event. I can also highly recommend the English Gardens presentation, which is one of the most beautiful shows I have ever seen, and there’s a gourmet lunch with it. Bring a recorder or viol and play Handel’s Water Music with us at the Handel Water Music Play-in!

A word of housekeeping: I’ve been working on this festival for 18 months — as a volunteer! Please support the wonderful artists and events in the festival. But if you can spare a few dollars to help me defray the considerable expenses I’ve paid out of pocket, it would be wonderful.

Thank you and enjoy the festival!

Marty Ronish, Executive Director

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