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Handel Choir presents Free Fall at R House


4 p.m. Sunday October 22 Handel Choir at R House

R. House, 301 West 29th Street, Baltimore (21211)

Join Handel Choir of Baltimore at R House in Remington for a preview of Handel Choir's 2017-2018 concert season! Free! Families welcome!

Take a seat in our super casual venue -- the R House parking garage -- and enjoy great choral music selected from our upcoming season and a few gems from last season, including works by Handel, Brahms and Eric Whitacre!

Thanks to our friends at R House, you can pick up a raffle ticket when you arrive for your chance to be one of 20 winners of a $10 gift card to sample something tasty at one of R House's food & drink stalls!

Raffle takes place at the end of the concert.

See you there!

Plan your parking in advance! More parking info is below in the FAQs.

Please note: This is a FREE, non-ticketed, first-come, first-served event. We will NOT accept tickets for seating.

Instead, arrive 30 minutes ahead (3:30 p.m. for the 4 p.m. concert) to take your seat, peruse the program and get comfortable! We apologize for the messages you will see advertising tickets or registration for this event. Eventbrite requires us to display a ticket option even though WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING TICKETS.

The venue is a parking garage, seating is temporary in nature and we can not hold seats for anyone. Thank you for your understanding.

Free Fall Baltimore 2017Free Fall Baltimore is made possible by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and the generous contributions of BGE, American Trading & Production Corporation (Atapco), and The Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation.



What are my parking options?

Check out your parking options here.

Parking validation is available for parking at the indicated locations on the map.

To get parking validation, bring your ticket with you and validate it using the scanning machine by the bar at R. House. This qualifies you for 2 hours of free parking and $1.00 per additional hour.

Please carefully read all signs on the street and in parking garages and lots to be certain you are not in danger of being ticketed or towed!

R House and Handel Choir are not responsible for parking tickets, towing fees, or any action taken against you as a result of any misunderstanding related to parking.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. No tickets or reservations will be accepted for this event, which is first-come, first-served ONLY. Seating will begin 30 minutes before the concert begins (3:30 p.m. for the 4 p.m. concert). Don't forget to request a raffle ticket for your chance to win a $10 gift card for R House!

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Please note: NO TICKETS will be accepted at this event, which is first-come, first-served only. Seating will begin 30 minutes before the concert begins (3:30 p.m. for the 4 p.m. concert)



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Handel Messiah

7:30 pm Saturday Dec 9, 2017 at Grace United Methodist Church (Homeland)
5407 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21210

3 pm Sunday Dec 10, 2017 at Saint Mark Church (Catonsville)
30 Melvin Ave, Catonsville, Maryland 21228

A Baltimore tradition since 1935!

The baroque master's beloved oratorio with period instrument orchestra and acclaimed soloists. Arian Khaefi's final concerts with Handel Choir of Baltimore!

Handel Choir with Handel Period Instrument Orchestra

Kerry Holahan soprano
Emily Marvosh mezzo soprano
Kyle Stegall tenor
Peter Walker bass

Arian Khaefi conductor

$47/$37/$10 student

SAVE on single ticket prices with a season subscription! Subscription purchase options are above.

Pre-concert lecture one hour before each performance by Brian Bartoldus, Handel Choir's 2017-2018 interim artistic director & conductor.

Sponsored by Catherine and John La Costa in honor of Arian Khaefi, by Robert E. Prince, and by Cheryl Tillman and Ron DeStefano.


Martin Mass for Double Choir

7:30 pm Saturday Mar 3, 2018 at Second Presbyterian Church (Guilford)
4200 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Choral classics by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Mozart, and Handel, followed by a less frequently performed work of "searing beauty and luminescence," the Mass for Double Choir (unaccompanied) by 20th century Swiss composer Frank Martin.

MENDELSSOHN Mitten wir im Leben sind
BRAHMS Lass dich nur nichts nicht dauern
MOZART Regina Coeli
HANDEL Let thy hand be strengthened
MARTIN Mass for Double Choir

Brian Bartoldus conductor

$37/$27/$10 student

Pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m.

Single tickets on sale Dec. 11.


Sérénité: Fauré and Duruflé Requiems

7:30 pm Saturday Apr 21, 2018 at Second Presbyterian Church (Guilford)
4200 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Handel Choir presents the sublime Requiems of Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Duruflé, with organ, chamber orchestra and children's choir.

Paul Skevington organ
Howard County Concert Orchestra
Children's Chorus of Maryland's Concert Choir

Brian Bartoldus conductor

$37/$27/$10 student

Pre-concert lecture at 6:30 p.m.

Single tickets on sale Dec. 11.

Sponsored by Brian Bartoldus, Leslie Greenwald and Cindy Levering.



Handel Choir launches search for Artistic Director & Conductor


Handel Choir welcomes applications for the position of permanent artistic director and conductor beginning in the 2018-2019 season.
Click here for position description, application requirements, and more. Deadline Dec. 15, 2017.



Arian Khaefi to depart Handel Choir August 1, 2017


PRESS RELEASE June 19, 2017

Dr. Arian Khaefi to step down as artistic director and conductor of Handel Choir (Click here for the full press release.)

Handel Choir's December 2017 Messiah performances will be Khaefi's last with the ensemble. Arian Khaefi has led Handel Choir since the spring of 2013 and has accepted a position at Fullerton College in Orange County, California, beginning this fall. Brian Bartoldus is interim artistic director and conductor in 2017-2018 while the board conducts a search for a permanent artistic director and conductor.

Check back on this page for information about the position, application materials and deadlines. All information relevant to the search will be posted here as it becomes available.



Thank you!

Many thanks to our warm and enthusiastic audience for Soul Seeds! Your support directly fuels our mission to enhance the quality of life in Baltimore with excellent community-based choral and choral-orchestral performances.

Our hearts are full, and your ovation tells us yours are too!


8 p.m. April 29, 2017

Soul Seeds

Second Presbyterian Church (Guilford), 4200 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

The ecstatic writings of naturalist John Muir, Palestrina's settings of the Hebrew alphabet, translations of Gaelic poetry and 19th-century American spirituals are the inspiration for enchanting, sophisticated sets from award-winning American composers. Discover how each creates a world from his own musical vocabulary and intensely personal interpretation of the text.

Samuel Barber Reincarnations
Judd Greenstein Lamenting
Jake Runestad Come to the Woods
Shawn Kirchner Heavenly Home: Three American Songs
     Unclouded Day
     Angel Band

Handel Choir of Baltimore
Sonya Schumann piano
Arian Khaefi conductor

Pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. by Brian Bartoldus, artistic director of the vocal chamber ensemble Third Practice.

PRESS RELEASE: Feb. 9, 2017: Tickets now on sale for Handel Choir's second and third concerts of the 2016-2017 concert season.


Brackets for Good

Well team, our March Madness-inspired tournament run is over!

Many thanks to our generous donors who racked up 1110 points and $1,055.01 for us in the frst two rounds of Brackets for Good! Your gifts are helping us to continue a tradition of excellent community-based choral music in Baltimore that's been part of the city's rich cultural offerings since 1935!

Congratulations to our worthy opponents and all the other nonprofit organizations doing great work in Charm City! Learn more about them here.



Thank you for being with us for First Fridays and Farm to Table!

7:30 p.m. Friday March 3, 2017

First Fridays at Saint David's Episcopal Church

Saint David's Episcopal Church (Roland Park), 4700 Roland Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21210

End your week on a high note with music from the combined forces of Handel Choir of Baltimore and the Choir of St. David's. Arian Khaefi and St. David's Douglas Buchanan share conducting duties on a varied program that includes world premieres by award-winning composers Douglas Buchanan and Towson University senior Darren Schmidt, plus music by Marylander Natalie Draper, among others.

Click here to learn more about St. David's Music Series, including First Fridays.

Click here to learn more about the Choir of St. David's.


7:30 p.m. Saturday March 4, 2017

Farm to Table

Second Presbyterian Church (Guilford), 4200 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21218

Inspired by the gastronomical movement of the same name, this farm-to-table program is "fresh" and “sustainably sourced”: All of the music you will hear was written after 1990 by composers born after 1945, and while some hail from as far away as California, all are American and many are locals!

Join us to hear the future of choral music and to support the composers who are making it happen!

Handel Choir of Baltimore
Thomas Hetrick and Sonya Schumann piano
Edna Huang bass clarinet
Arian Khaefi conductor

Paul Crabtree Five Romantic Miniatures (from The Simpsons)
Darren Schmidt Old Poets
Dale Trumbore I Am Music
Shawn Crouch Sleepless
Eric Whitacre Alleluia
Douglas Buchanan Benedicite, omnia opera*
William Averitt Afro-American Fragments

*Commissioned by Handel Choir

Meet the composers! Artistic Director and Conductor Arian Khaefi leads a conversation with several composers whose works are featured on the program! 6:30 p.m. in the Westcott Room.




Thank you!


Thanks to everyone who came out for Supper for Singing! Handel Choir at the BMA Oct 2016

The dining room was buzzing with conversation on Thursday Jan. 19 and filled with the aromas of delicious dinners being served all around.

Gertrude's will donate a portion of the evening's proceeds to Handel Choir of Baltimore, heping us to pay the bills and keep bringing greater Baltimore excellent choral and choral-orchestral music! 

Thanks for making Handel Choir Community Night at Gertrude's Restaurant a success!

Your next chance to enjoy the fruits of your support is Saturday March 4, when we'll present a full menu of sustainably sourced music, highlighting works by composers with Baltimore and Maryland connections.

Several composers will talk about their work and answer questions in a pre-concert conversation about composing for choir in the present day. Click here for more information about and tickets to our March 4 concert, Farm to Table!




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THANK YOU to our audience, subscribers, donors, friends and supporters. We look forward to singing for you in 2017!

Handel Choir at the BMA Oct 2016 


Photos by John La Costa.
Handel Choir at the Baltimore Museum of Art for
A Night at the Museum: A Free Fall Baltimore Event Oct 16, 2016.




Thank you for a wonderful weekend!


Thanks to all our patrons, vocal soloists, orchestra players, ushers, lecturer, production and sound technicians, Grace United Methodist Church and St. Ignatius Catholic Church, our concert sponsors and everyone else who contributed to two successful performances of Messiah Dec. 10 and 11!

We hope you enjoyed the concert and we look forward to singing for you again!

Messiah quartet Dec 2016

If you liked Messiah, mark your calendar NOW to join us in March for Farm to Table!


Handel’s Messiah

In memory of David Craig Elliott

Co-sponsored by Robert Prince, Ron DeStefano and Cheryl Tillman and Anonymous

SATURDAY and SUNDAY December 10 & 11
Grace United Methodist Church (Homeland)
St. Ignatius Catholic Church (Mt. Vernon)

Handel Choir and Handel Period Instrument Orchestra

Brittany Renee Robinson soprano      
Christina Carr mezzo-soprano
Patrick Cook tenor     
Steven Eddy bass-baritone

Thomas Hetrick harpsichord
Arian Khaefi conductor

Jonathan Palevsky, program director of WBJC 91.5 FM, gave a pre-concert lecture one hour before each performance.

PRESS RELEASE: Oct. 18, 2016 Handel Choir Messiah tickets now on sale





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Thanks to everyone in the community who packed the lobby of the Baltimore Museum of Art for A Night at the Museum, Handel Choir's Free Fall Baltimore event!

Shawn Crouch (b. 1977)

Judd Greenstein (b. 1979)
     Lamentings (excerpt)

Paul Crabtree (b. 1960)
     Five Romantic Miniatures (from The Simpsons)
           1. Abe

Shawn Kirchner (b. 1970)
     Heavenly Home: Three American Songs
           1. Unclouded Day

George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
Libretto by Charles Jennens (1700–1773)
     Messiah, an Oratorio
           4. And the glory of the Lord
           7. And He shall purify
           12. For unto us a child is born

Thomas Hetrick keyboard

Arian Khaefi conductor

Special thanks to Alicia Crosby, Katie Cooke, and the rest of the staff at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

BMA at dusk


Free Fall 2016

Free Fall Baltimore is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts made possible by presenting sponsor BGE, with generous support from The Abell Foundation, Atapco Properties, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation.





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A History of the Handel Choir of Baltimore (1935-2013): Music, Spread Thy Voice Around History of Handel Choir

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Special thanks to Preston and Nancy Athey for their sustaining support of Handel Choir.


SUSTAINING SUPPORT for Handel Choir's 2015-2016 subscription concert series is provided by Preston and Nancy Athey.GuideStar logo

Handel Choir's 2015-2016 season is SUPPORTED by the Maryland State Arts Council, William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Awards, and by the Citizens of Baltimore County, the City of Baltimore and Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, and the Venable Foundation.

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