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June 3-14, Baroque music in Göttingen with Händel Festival

In Göttingen, June 3 to 14, will be held the annual festival devoted to Händel. The Göttingen International Händel Festival is the most traditional event in Germany celebrating classical music. The rediscovery of the work of Händel in Göttingen dates back to 1920: since then, every year for twelve days the life of Göttingen revolves around the famous composer and his music.

In these days the city becomes a catalyst for lovers of ancient music and meeting place of famous guests from all over the world. Organized every year in the name of a specific theme, the Internationalen Händel-Festspiele Göttingen presents to the public a schedule of events including over 35 concerts.

The centerpiece of the festival is the performance of a work by Händel. The elements of the cultural program are supported by leading connoisseurs of life and music of the great composer and his contemporaries. All this is contained in a full program of exhibitions, guided tours and public shows.

Citizens and tourists who flock to the city on the occasion of the Festival, appreciated very much the ‘Händel 4 Kids’, events and places dedicated to the communication of music to children and young people. Since 2006, the Festival has also its own ensemble, the Göttingen FestspielOrchester.

“Vive le Baroque!” is the theme for 2011, although the composer has never experienced France at firsthand, but has sought and found inspiration in the rich French musical forms. Around the theme of Baroque will the revolve lyrical moments, concerts and conferences which will highlight the reciprocal influence between Handel and French composers. Nicholas McGegan is the artistic director of the Festival which is held in various locations throughout the city. For information:

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