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PRESS RELEASE July 10, 2018

Handel Choir of Baltimore 2019 Season Announcement


PRESS RELEASE April 17, 2018

Brian Bartoldus appointed artistic director and conductor of Handel Choir (Click here for the full press release.)


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.)


PRESS RELEASE May 11, 2017

Handel Choir of Baltimore announces 2017-2018 subscription concert season (Click here for the full press release.)


PRESS RELEASE February 8, 2017

Tickets on sale now for Handel Choir of Baltimore's second and third concerts of the 2016-2017 season (Click here for the full press release.)


PRESS RELEASE October 18, 2016

Single tickets on sale now for Handel's Messiah (Click here for the full press release.)


PRESS RELEASE August 23, 2016

Handel Choir announces 2016-2017 season (Click here for the full press release.)


REVIEW March 8, 2016

Handel Choir excels in Baltimore premiere of 'Path of Miracles' by Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun/Artsmash

"Listening to the Talbot work unfold at the Baltimore Basilica, I got the distinct impression that this ensemble has become the cool chorus in town."

"Khaefi had the singers burrowing into the notes, from the out-of-the-depths rumblings in the first movement on through exquisitely harmonized passages in the third ...

Click here for the full review


PRESS RELEASE February 10, 2016 

Single tickets on sale now for Joby Talbot's Path of Miracles 2 p.m. Saturday March 5, 2016 (click here for full press release).


REVIEW December 15, 2015

A sampling of "Messiah" from Handel Choir, BSO

"... The rewards began with the very able Handel Period Instrument Orchestra, providing a subtly colorful, expressive foundation.

"Tempos set by conductor Arian Khaefi provided momentum, but breathing room, too. ..."

Click here for the full review from Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun/Artsmash (posted December 15, 2015).


FEATURE December 3, 2015 

Handel Choir singer and WCBM 680 AM talk radio host Bruce Elliott interviews Handel Choir Artistic Director & Conductor Arian Khaefi


PRESS RELEASE October 26, 2015 

Single tickets on sale now for Handel's Messiah December 12 and 13, 2015 (click here for full press release)!


PRESS RELEASE July 14, 2015 

Handel Choir announces 2015-2016 Season (click here for full press release)


REVIEW Monday April 27, 2015

Baltimore choral groups shine in spiritual programs by Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun (posted April 27, 2015) on Handel Choir's Distant Bells Saturday April 25, 2015

"... well-balanced, expressively nuanced singing from the chorus (and soloists within it) ..."

"... the sweetness of the sound and the legato phrasing ... cast quite a spell."

"[Artistic Director and Conductor Arian] Khaefi, in his two seasons at the helm, has built upon the crucial work of his predecessor Melinda O'Neal, continuing to hone the ensemble and expand the repertoire."

Click here for the full review


FEATURE April 15, 2015 

Handel Choir to cap 80th season with concert of diverse works.

By Larry Perl for the Towson Times and Baltimore Messenger


UPDATE June 14, 2014 

Handel Choir's Star-Spangled Weekend by Handel Choir Managing Director Anne C.A. Wilson


REVIEW 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.


PREVIEW 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.


REVIEW 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.


FEATURE 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.


REVIEW 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


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.

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