Have you ever wondered how it must have felt to live during the 1700s as a neighbor in London on the property adjacent to the house of George Frideric Handel? Our fundraising concert with John Burkhalter (English & small flutes) and Donovan Klotzbeacher (harpsichord & ye spinnet) on April 14 gave us listeners an idea of how that must have been like: Mr. Burkhalter read from letters that Handel’s neighbor on Brook Street, Mary Pendarves, had written about the musical activities at Handel’s home.
Throughout the evening, texts and music alternated. As an audience, we were equally amazed about the quality and background of the musicians and the clarity and width of John Burkhalter’s historical delineations. Where else would an event like this have a home but here at our beloved First Reformed Church?