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Maryland Handel Festival, 1743-2001

 Series 1

The Maryland Handel Festival was formed to present choral, solo, chamber, opera, and orchestral works of George Friderich Handel, which at the time of the festival’s founding were rarely performed. A main focus of the festival were Handel’s dramatic, English oratorios which were performed in the order composed and as Handel first presented them. The festival led to the United States premieres and “first run” versions of many of Handel’s neglected masterpieces. This series is arranged by year, each year containing correspondence, conference records, financial records, logistics, ticket information, publicity, reviews, artists, programs, librettos, and music. Recordings from the Maryland Handel Festival can be found in Series 7 of this collection, Audiovisual Materials. Items within each subseries are arranged chronologically, with correspondence and symposium papers arranged alphabetically by sender.


  • 1743-2001

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use.


7.50 Linear Feet

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States