|Česká Händelova společnost / The Czech Handel Society|
IV. Concerts & Lectures
After publishing the monograph 'Triumf času a pravdy', the Society began organizing concerts and lectures, thus becoming involved in sponsoring. At first the activities in which the Czech Handel Society took part or organized were on a smallish scale; later on larger projects were added: 26 June 1993, Frýdlant v Čechách castle - a chamber concert by the Cappella Accademica Praha 'Count J. W. Gallas and his Music Contemporaries', including an opening lecture and introduction; 12 October 1994, Hostivice stately home - a chamber concert by the Cappella Accademica Praha, including a lecture 'The Grand Duchess of Tuscany and the Hostivice Stately Home'; 8 November 1994, Prague - a lecture on George Frideric Handel in the Mental Health Club, Polská Street, Vinohrady; 24 June 1995, Zákupy stately home - a lecture 'The Grand Duchess of Tuscany - an Outstanding Woman of Baroque Europe' interspersed with music (G. F. Handel's compositions were played by the Cappella Accademica Praha); 14 September 1996, Zákupy stately home - a lecture 'The Grand Duchess of Tuscany and Life at the Zákupy Stately Home'; 1 August 1998, Vranov nad Dyjí stately home - a chamber concert by the Cappella Accademica Praha, 'Pietro Metastasio and 18th Century Music' (dedicated to the 300th anniversary of Metastasio's birth); 29 June 2002, Stately Home Church of Blessed Juliana of Collalto, Brtnice - a chamber concert by the Atlantis Collegium, Prague, entitled 'Masters of European Music at Brtnice' (with an opening lecture and the modern Czech première of Handel's Trio Sonata No. 5b in G minor, Op. 2, which was identified, in 2001, in the Brtnice Stately Home Music Inventory).
Since 19 April 2006 the Society has regularly been staging specialized workshops.
Since 1993 the Czech Handel Society participated in sponsoring productions of Handel's oratorios: 'Joshua' - Prague, 30 June 1993 ('Canticorum iubilo' chamber choir and Camerata Pragensis, conducted by Oliver Dohnányi); 'Joshua' - Hradec Králové, 30 April 1995 & Prague, 1 May 1995 (Canticorum iubilo and Pardubice Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Oliver Dohnányi); 'Jephtha' - Hradec Králové, 9 June 1996 & Prague, 14 June 1996 (Canticorum iubilo and Prague's National Theatre Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Oliver Dohnányi); 'Israel in Egypt' - Prague, 4 November 1999 (Ars Brunensis Chorus and Musica Aeterna from Bratislava, Slovakia, conducted by Roman Válek).
In May 1996, together with the young baroque-music ensemble Cappella Accademica Praha, the Czech Handel Society began a long-term joint venture, 'Masterworks of Baroque Opera - George Frideric Handel and his Contemporaries'.
In May 1997 the Czech Handel Society hosted three members of the London-based ensemble Hawksmoor Music Projects, who gave a performance of a selection of arias from Maurice Greene's (1696-1755) 'Spenser's Amoretti' at Prague (21 May) and Bítov castle (24 May).
For Handel groups from Karlsruhe, Halle an der Saale and London, the Czech Handel Society organized a Handel 'mini-festival' at the end of September 1997: 25 September - a chamber concert, Prague (Cappella Accademica Praha), 26 September - a concert of sacred music, Prague (mixed voice choir Nová Česká píseň and Collegium Musica Sacra, conducted by Vítězslav Podrazil), 27 September - a concert performance of Handel's opera 'Rodrigo' at the Dobříš stately home (Cappella Accademica Praha, conducted by Ondřej Macek).
The year 1997 saw the inception of co-operation of the Czech Handel Society and conductor Vítězslav Podrazil, which resulted in the Society's patronage of several concerts conducted by him (Orchestr Atlantis, Collegium Musica Sacra).
The organization on 3 September 1999 of an international social function at Liblice stately home, near Mělník, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the foundation of the Handel Society Karlsruhe was a specially challenging project. The evening opened with a concert by the Temperament 430 ensemble, in the Great Hall of the stately home; after the concert, guests and musicians gathered for a festive toast and refreshments in the sala terrena.
Since 2004, together with the Friends of Baroque Culture (Baroccoco) in Mnichovo Hradiště, Czech Republic, the Czech Handel Society has participated in music theatre productions.