Bienen Ensembles

Alice Millar Spring Festival Concert: Handel's Ode to St. Cecilia

Part of the Evelyn Dunbar Early Music Festival

Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 5:00pm CDT

Alice Millar Chapel

Stephen Alltop, conductor; Alice Millar Chapel Choir and soloists; Baroque Music Ensemble 

This year’s lively Spring Festival Concert brings together incomparable Handel choral music and Italian instrumental works. Composed in 1739, Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia's Day exalts the wonder and beauty of music itself in depictive arias and stirring choruses. Rounding out this joyful evening are Antonio Vivaldi’s sparkling Flute Concerto in D Major, “Il gardellino,” and Giovanni Legrenzi’s Prima Sonata for four violins and continuo. 

G. F. Handel, Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, HWV 76 (Part I) 
Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco, Concerto grosso à più instrumenti in D Major, Op. 5, No. 6 
Claudio Monteverdi, Gloria a 7, SV 258 Selva morale e spirituale 
G. F. Handel, Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, HWV 76 (Part II) 
Antonio Vivaldi, Flute Concerto in D Major (“Il gardellino”), RV 428 
G. F. Handel, Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, HWV 76 (Conclusion) 

Tickets are not required for this event; goodwill offerings will be accepted.

Free Event

Evelyn Dunbar Early Music Festival

May 21-28 at the Bienen School of Music

About the Festival

The centerpieces of this year's Evelyn Dunbar Early Music Festival are Handel's Ode to St. Cecilia, a celebration of the art of music itself, and his opera Alcina, combining exquisite music with elements of magic and the supernatural. Distinguished featured guests include faculty violinist Carla Moore of the University of California, Berkeley, and guest scholar Alison C. DeSimone, who has written extensively on the intersections of music and theater in 18th-century England.

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Alice Millar Chapel


1870 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Completed in 1962, this venue houses two chapels: the 700-seat Millar Chapel and the 125-seat Vail Chapel. The Chapel hosts religious services, music performances, lectures, and other events.