Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 7:00pm
Between August, 1717 and February 1719, George Frideric Handel served as the house composer at Cannons, the large, bucolic estate of James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos. Located in the historic county of Middlesex (now within the urban area of London) this stately house became the epicenter of the Duke's artistic patronage, by which he earned his nickname "The Apollo of the the Arts".
Here, amongst the pleasure gardens of this hundred-acre estate, and housed in its Jacobean mansion, filled with the works of Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael, and Guercino, Handel was inspired to write some of his most enduring works. The opera Acis and Galatea, the oratorio Esther, and many of his trio sonatas and keyboard suites, were composed and first performed at Cannons. As well of course as his series of eleven magnificent choral anthems we now know as the Chandos Anthems.
Join Pittsburgh Camerata and Chatham Baroque, conducted by Mark Anderson, and presented by Shadyside Presbyterian Church's Music in a Great Space, as we perform two of our favorites from these iconic works: Chandos Anthems no. 8, "O Come Let Us Sing", and no. 9, "O Praise the Lord". We promise you'll be transported!