Handel fans don't have to wait until next spring, when the major Handel festivals begin again. You can experience his music at an equally high level in Handel's birthplace just before Advent: "Händel im Herbst", the "small" Handel Festival.
Handel in Autumn 2020 takes place in a reduced, modified form from 26 to 29 November. The reason for this is the necessary hygiene and protective measures to contain the corona virus.
It will depend on further developments whether the events can actually take place on these dates. We therefore ask you to inform yourself regularly on this page.
Thursday, 26 November 2020 // 7.30 pm // Franckesche Stiftungen, Freylinghausen Saal
Händels Welt: "Endless Pleasure"
Arias and instrumental works by G. F. Händel and W. A. Mozart (from "Semele", "Alcina", "Don Giovanni", among others) // Musical direction: Birgit Schnurpfeil (violin) // Soloist: Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli (soprano) // Händelfestspielorchester Halle // Tickets: 18 €, concessions 9 €
Saturday, 28 November 2020 //11 am // Aula der Evangelischen Hochschule für Kirchenmusik
„Händel in Bearbeitung“ ("Handel in progress")
Arrangements of works by G. F. Händel for organ // Irénée Peyrot on the Hermann-Eule organ from 2019 // Tickets: 6 € at the Händel-Haus // free choice of seats
Saturday, 28 November 2020 // 5 pm & 7.30 pm // Händel Haus, Kammermusiksaal
Works by L. Leo, F. Mancini, N. Fiorenza, A. Scarlatti and G. F. Händel // Paper Kite: Marie Heeschen (soprano), Felix Schönherr (harpsichord), Antonio De Sarlo (violin), Rafael Roth (violin), Guillermo Turina (cello) // As part of the series "Music in the Händel-Haus" // Tickets: 15 €, reduced 10 € at of the Händel-Haus
Sunday, 29 November 2020 // 11 am & 3 pm // Franckesche Stiftungen, Freylinghausen Saal
„Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern“
German Christmas music of the 17th century // Musical direction: Wolfgang Katschner // Soloists: Gesine Nowakowski (soprano), Benjamin Glaubitz (tenor) // Lautten Compagney Berlin // Cooperation of the Franckesche Stiftungen with the Stiftung Händel-Haus // Tickets: 18, 12 €, reduced 8 € for pupils and young people up to 18 years
Sunday, 29 November 2020 // 3 pm // Oper Halle
"Teseo" HWV 9
Opera by G. F. Händel // Musical direction: Attilio Cremonesi // Director: Martin G. Berger // Stage: Sarah Katharina Karl // Costumes: Esther Bialas // Händelfestspielorchester Halle // In Italian with German surtitles // An event by Theater, Oper und Orchester GmbH Halle
Die Internationale Wissenschaftliche Konferenz, which was to take place on the occasion of the Handel Festival in June 2020, but was cancelled due to the corona epidemic, has been postponed with a modified programme to 30 November and 1 December 2020. Under the theme "Handel's Images - Iconography, Aesthetics, Compositional Practice", experts from the USA, Great Britain, Austria and Germany will give lectures. Organizers are the Institut für Musik, Medien- und Sprechwissenschaft, Abteilung Musikwissenschaft der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg together with the Stiftung Händel-Haus and the Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Gesellschaft e. V.
Further information can be found here: https://haendelhaus.de/de/hh/forschung/wissenschaftliche-konferenz.
Internationally renowned artists of baroque music prepare for the upcoming Handel Festival on a long weekend in November.
The "Händel im Herbst" days in 2010 are preceded by a pre-concert. Stars such as Andreas Scholl and Philippe Jaroussky performed here. This was supplemented by a revival of the Handel opera production of the Oper Halle. This was offered by Stadtmarketing Halle (Saale) GmbH as a travel arrangement under the title "Händel im Herbst".
In 2013 the Handel Festival had to be cancelled at short notice in June due to a flood disaster.
Further events were arranged around the planned pre-concert and opera performance in November under the festival title "Händel im Herbst" in order to express our gratitude for the support following the cancellation of the festival. This met with such a positive response that since then the small Handel Festival" has been held with growing national interest. The centre of "Händel im Herbst" is formed by one or two special gala concerts with internationally outstanding musicians.
Since 2013, these have included Les Arts Florissant under William Christie, Magdalena Kožená, Vivica Genaux and Simone Kermes as well as the La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel under Andrea Marcon and Concerto Köln. In 2018, "Handel in Autumn" has been given its own independent word-image trademark.