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June 14, 2014 Handel Choir's Star-Spangled Weekend


April 29, 2014 Handel Choir of Baltimore performs Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

"The choristers tackled the daunting score confidently. They handled the Russian liturgical text with apparent ease ... they also maintained clarity and cohesiveness of articulation... Above all, Khaefi drew from the singers admirable warmth of expression..."

Read more: Full Artsmash blog post by The Baltimore Sun's Tim Smith, April 29, 2014.


February 27, 2014 Handel Choir celebrates Baltimore with new concert: New artistic director programs music reflecting city's history, diversity

"'I tried to choose repertoire that would reflect the different ethnic communities and faiths,' Khaefi, 29, said ...

"Born in Rome in 1984 of Iranian parents and raised in the United States, Khaefi came to this area in 2012. With bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a doctorate from the University of Michigan, he was appointed director of choral activities at Towson University and continues to hold that post."

Read more: Full Artsmash blog post by The Baltimore Sun's Tim Smith, February 27, 2014.


December 17, 2013 Handel Choir exhibits "well-balanced sound ... admirable clarity" with new Artistic Director and Conductor, Arian Khaefi

"The choir ... maintained a well-balanced sound and articulated with admirable clarity during a matinee [performance of Handel's Messiah] ...

"... the first half of the program ... was enough to reveal Khaefi's calm control and firm sense of rhythmic propulsion."

Full Artsmash blog post by The Baltimore Sun's Tim Smith, December 17, 2013.


July 30, 2013 Symphony of Time: Nerd Nostalgia at the BSO

"...the BSO brought the beautiful music of a beloved game series to life, and introduced Baltimore-area [Legend of] Zelda fans to one of the city's premier cultural institutions."

Baltimore magazine's On the Town blog post.


April 17, 2013 Melinda O'Neal ends Handel Choir tenure with Brahms' German Requiem

"Melinda O'Neal, in her final concert as artistic director ..., conducted an impressive performance of the Requiem ... that communicated its bittersweet lyricism and the ingenious cohesion of its architectural shape."

"... the music-making ... emphatically reaffirmed how much O'Neal's nine-year tenure has meant to the development of the choir, one of Baltimore's oldest musical institutions."

Full article by Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun Artsmash, April 17, 2013


Handel Choir of Baltimore PRESS RELEASE April 6, 2013

Arian Khaefi appointed artistic director & conductor of Handel Choir, effective July 1, 2013

"We were deeply honored by the number of highly qualified candidates who were interested in becoming Handel Choir’s next Artistic Director," said Leslie Greenwald, President of the Choir’s Board of Trustees, ... "It was a difficult decision, in part because of the incredibly high bar set by Melinda O’Neal. We are very excited to work with Arian in our 79th season."

Full press release.

Other News and Reviews through June 30, 2013.


Handel Choir performs Messiah



Photo by Will Kirk.

Maryland State Arts Council Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences William G. Baker, Jr Memorial Fund GuideStar logo


Handel Choir of Baltimore's 2013-2014 concert season is made possible by support from Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and National Endowment for the Arts; the Citizens of Baltimore County; and the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund, creator of the Baker Artist Awards.