American Handel Festival

The American Handel Society hosts a biennial festival. The festival includes: academic panels, the Serwer Lecture, and performances of music by Handel and his contemporaries.

Recently Past Festivals

Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana
February 7–10, 2019

Howard Serwer Memorial Lecture by Ellen Rosand (Yale University)

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Princeton University
April 6-9, 2017

Howard Serwer Memorial Lecture by John Butt (University of Glasgow)

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Iowa City
April 23-26, 2015

Howard Serwer Memorial Lecture by Nicholas McGegan

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Handel Festival in Halle (Saale)

The International Scholarly Conference during the Handel Festival in Halle an der Saale on June 8–9, 2020 will focus on “Handel images,” following the festival theme “Musical paintings.” This subjectcan be interpreted in different ways: on the one hand there is the topic of the paintings in Handel’s collection and the visual worlds that surrounded him at his various places of work; on the other hand, the subject will also explore the visual imagination that he generated in his artistic work. The question will also be addressed about which pictures of Handel were created to classify the figure and the works of the composer in different cultural, aesthetic or political value systems.

The conference thus aims to comprehensively explore the role of visual ideas for Handel's artistic output as well as for the reception history. With the three keywords “iconography,” “aesthetics” and “compositional practice,” we hope to outline a stimulating topic in which investigations into both the pictorial sources of Handel himself and the “pictorialness” of Handel's music and references to the visual arts in contemporary music aesthetics will be considered. We also wish to reflect on how the different manifestations of the composer (from the 18 th century to the present day) can be explained and compared with each other.

June 8–9, 2020
Händel-Haus, Halle an der Saale

CALL FOR PAPERS (deadline extended)

The organizers invite interested scholars to take part in the conference with a 25-minute presentation and ask for proposals for topics and an abstract by September 15, 2019. Travel costs and accommodation expenses from June 7–10 will be covered.

Contact: Dr. Annette Landgraf (; Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Hirschmann (;

Organizers: Georg-Friedrich-Händel-Gesellschaft e. V., Internationale Vereinigung; Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Institut für Musik, Medien- und Sprechwissenschaft, Abteilung Musikwissenschaft; Stiftung Händel-Haus zu Halle.

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