Handel's Esther

Jane Glover, conductor

HANDEL

Esther, HWV 50a

The Jewish orphan Esther becomes Queen of Persia and saves her people from massacre by the villain Haman in this compelling and intimate musical drama. Don’t miss the tale of a triumphant heroine, told in sensuous arias and stirring choruses by master storyteller George Frideric Handel. Jane Glover conducts the Music of the Baroque premiere of Esther.

Join us one hour before each performance (2pm on Sunday, February 25, 6:30 pm on Tuesday, February 27) for a preview of the 2018-19 season with Jane Glover and Carl Grapentine.

Dan Maki will give a preconcert lecture on Tuesday, February 27, 6:00 pm, in the Studio Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center. There will be no preconcert lecture on February 25.


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Handel

  • Aria, "Tune your harps to cheerful strains"
  • Duet, "Who calls my parting soul from death?"
  • Aria, "How can I stay when love invites?"
  • Chorus, "He comes to end our woes"
  • Chorus, "The Lord our enemy has slain"