At the end of this week, scholars, musicians and enthusiasts of the composer George Frideric Handel (16851759) from across the United States and England will arrive at Centre College to celebrate the semiannual American Handel Festival.
This festival is of particular significance, occurring as it does on the 250th anniversary of the composer's death. The three-day conference will include performances, conference-paper sessions and other lectures, and presentations by world-renowned musicians and scholars. The performances are open to the public, and attendance at all events is open to any member of the public who registers for the conference.
On Friday night, there will be a free recital featuring organist and harpsichordist Schuyler Robinson performing a variety of keyboard music at The Presbyterian Church, 500 W. Main St. Robinson will be joined by two Centre musicians: trumpter Vince diMartino and flautist Jana Flygstad. The approximately one-hour program will include a suite based on Handel's beloved Water Music, an organ concerto, a harpsichord suite, and a flute sonata. It begins at 7:30.