Preliminary Event  (not included in conference registration):
The Princeton Early Keyboard Center presents "Soft Delights - Music of George Frideric Handel"
Performance by John Burkhalter (English & small flutes), Gavin Black (Harpsichord), David Black (Cello)
Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton, NJ
Sunday, February 10, 2013, 4pm
Tickets $15 (general), $10 (students and seniors)
For tickets and information on this event, please contact or call 732-599-0392

Festival Schedule and Conference Program (details subject to change) 

Thursday, February 21. 2013
5:45 PM                       Welcome Reception, Woolworth Musical Center Lobby
7:00 PM                       Pre-concert talk by Steven Zohn (Temple University) - free to all ticket holders
8:00 PM                      The English Concert, Harry Bicket, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall**
**Please note: tickets for this event are no longer available through the registration website.  To purchase tickets, please call university ticketing at 609-258-9220 or visit
Friday. February 22, 2013
8:00 AM                      Breakfast and Coffee, McCormick Hall
8:30 AM-12:05 AM    Paper Session I: Response and Reception (McCormick 101)
Chaired by Robert Ketterer (University of Iowa)
       8:30- 9:10 AM     Luca Della Libera (Conservatorio di Musica di Frosinone/ Università di Roma Tor Vergata):
                                    “Renaissance roots and baroque “affetti” in the sacred music of Alessandro Scarlatti”
       9:10-9:50 AM     Evan Cortens (Cornell University):
                                    “The Legacy of the Hamburg Opera in the Cantatas of Christoph Graupner”
      9:50-10:30 AM     Michael Burden (Oxford University):
                                    “When Giulio Cesare was not ‘Handel’s’ Giulio Cesare
--Coffee break--
    10:45-11:25 AM     Todd Jones (University of Kentucky):
                                    “Handel in Early America and the Politics of Reception”
    11:25-12:05 PM     Stephen Nissenbaum (University of Massachusetts):  
                                    “How Handel’s Messiah Became a Christmas Tradition” 
Lunch (provided for conference registrants)
1:00-3:00 PM              Paper Session II: Compositional Issues (McAlpin Rehearsal Hall, Woolworth Center)
Chaired by Terence Best (Hallische-Händel-Ausgabe)
        1:00-1:40 PM      Fred Fehleisen (The Juilliard School):
                                    “Musical Figures, Thematic Parallelisms, and Phrase Rhythm in Handel’s 
                                    Grand Concerto in G Minor, Op. 6, no. 6"
        1:40-2:20 PM      Amanda Babington (Manchester, UK):
                                    “Sketches for Messiah: pre-autograph activity”
        2:20-3:00 PM      Donald Burrows (The Open University):
                                    “Milton from the Lego Box:  Handel’s performing versions of L’Allegro & Il Penseroso”
3:10-4:00 PM              Lecture Demonstration (McAlpin Rehearsal Hall, Woolworth Center)
                                    Nicholas Lockey & John Burkhalter (Princeton University):
                                   “A Mirror of Changing Tastes: New Light on Miss Baring’s Keyboard Manuscript”
--Coffee break--
4:30-6:00 PM              Howard Serwer Memorial Lecture (McCormick 101)
                                      Reinhard Strohm (Oxford University):
                                     "Handel: Opera and Ritual" (This event is free and open to the public.)
Dinner (on your own)
7:30 PM                       Princeton University Chamber Choir directed by Gabriel Crouch**
                                    Handel: Dixit Dominus
                                      (Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall)
**Please note: tickets for this event are no longer available through the registration website. To purchase tickets, please call university ticketing at 609-258-9220 or visit
Saturday, February 23, 2013
8:30 AM                      Breakfast and Coffee, McCormick 101
9:00 AM-12:00 PM    Paper Session III: Archival Research (McCormick 101)
Chaired by John Roberts (UC Berkeley)
       9:00-9:40 AM     Triona O'Hanlon (Dublin, Ireland):
                                  “The Mercer’s Hospital Music Collection: An Analysis of Eighteenth-century Handelian Sources
                                   Extant in Trinity College, Dublin”
     9:40-10:20 AM     Joseph Darby (Keene State College):
                                  “The Demographics of Subscription Concertos in Eighteenth-Century Britain:
                                   Handel and His Contemporaries”
--Coffee Break--
   10:40-11:20 AM    Ellen Harris (MIT):
                                  “Taking the Oaths: The Directors of the Royal Academy of Music Swear Allegiance
                                   to King and Country”  
   11:20-12:00 PM    Ruth Smith (Cambridge University):
                                  “New Perspectives on Charles Jennens’”
Lunch (on your own) and AHS Board Meeting
2:00-4:00 PM            Paper Session IV: Performance & Production (McCormick 101)
Chaired by Lowell Lindgren (MIT)
      2:00-2:40 PM      Richard King (University of Maryland):
                                  "Who does what? On the Instrumentation of the Basso Continuo
                                   in the Performance of Recitative in Handel’s Operas and Oratorios”
      2:40-3:20 PM      Matthew Gardner (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg):
                                  “An English Singer of Italian Opera: Handel and Anastasia Robinson”
      3:20-4:00 PM      Geoffrey Burgess (Eastman School of Music):
                                  “Behind Handel’s Terpsichorean Muse: Prévost, Sallé and the Setting of Dance to Poetry”
4:10-5:45 PM             Panel Discussion (McCormick 101)
Chaired by Wendy Heller (Princeton University)
                                  The Baroque Pasticcio in the 21st Century: The Metropolitan Opera’s Enchanted Island (2012)
                                   (This event is free and open to the public)
Paul Cremo (The Metropolitan Opera and Dramaturg for Enchanted Island); Anthony Roth Costanzo (The Metropolitan Opera, Ferdinand and Prospero in Enchanted Island); Ellen Rosand (Yale University and Musical Advisor for Enchanted Island), Bradley Brookshire (Purchase; CUNY; Continuo for Enchanted Island); Lawrence Manley (Department of English, Yale University); Chair, Wendy Heller (Princeton University)
6:15 PM                       Cocktails, concert, and dinner (Chancellor Green) for conference registrants (additional fee)
Sunday, February 24, 2013
9:00 -10:20 AM          Brunch and Paper Session V: Oratorio
Chaired by Nathan Link (Centre College)
      9:00-9:40 AM       Kenneth Nott (University of Hartford):
                                   “Psalms and Psalm Genres in Handel’s Old Testament Oratorios”
    9:40-10:20 AM       Joyce Irwin (Princeton, NJ):
                                   “Saul, David, and the Power of Music”
11:45 AM                     Busses leave for Carnegie Hall (with box lunch)
2:00 PM                       Radamisto at Carnegie Hall (return to Princeton via Newark Airport c.5:00 PM)**
**Please note: Tickets for this event are no longer available for purchase through the registration website. Please contact Carnegie Hall to purchae any remaining tickets.
Additional Festival Event (not included in the conference registration):
Handel: Israel in Egypt
Princeton University Glee Club, directed by Gabriel Crouch
Sunday, March 3, 2013, 3pm
Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
Tickets: $15 (general), $5 (students)
To purchase tickets, please call university ticketing at 609-258-9220 or visit