Rutgers–Camden Madrigal Ensemble Presents Free Concert of Handel’s “Acis and Galatea”

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The Rutgers University–Camden Madrigal Ensemble will perform a free concert of George Frideric Handel’s popular English opera, “Acis and Galatea,” under the direction of world-renowned soprano Julianne Baird, a distinguished professor of music at Rutgers–Camden.

The concert, which is open to the public, will begin at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in the Walter K. Gordon Theater.

“Acis and Galatea” tells the story of a twisted love triangle between a goddess, a shepherd, and a one-eyed monster. Charming and deceptively sweet, this English pastorale tells the story of the goddess Galatea, who is in love with Acis, a mortal, and what happens when a monster-demigod gets jealous. The fetching music ensured that it was Handel’s biggest hit during his lifetime.

The concert, running approximately one hour, will feature a Baroque orchestra drawn from some of Philadelphia’s best players. It will include professional singers performing with the Rutgers–Camden Madrigal Ensemble. Soprano Aédin Larkin plays the role of Galatea opposite Jason Rylander of the Washington Bach Consort as Acis. Tim Stopper of Opera Philadelphia will play the one-eyed monster Polyphemus, and Janna Critz of the Peabody Conservatory will play Damon, the shepherd.

This stunning pastorale uses beautiful melodies that are sure to take the audience on an emotional journey from bliss to sadness and back again. Baird and the Rutgers–Camden Madrigal Ensemble will provide musical commentary throughout the concert, leading the listener from happiness to sadness, metamorphosis to serenity.

For more information, visit finearts.camden.rutgers.edu or contact Jake Hufner at (856) 225-2870 or jhufner@camden.rutgers.edu.

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