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OPERA | 'Acis and Galatea' 

For a couple of centuries, George Frideric Handel's operas were virtually unknown, gathering dust in libraries — with one exception. The short but sweet "pastoral entertainment" called "Acis and Galatea" remained popular throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Pegasus Early Music winds up its season this Sunday afternoon with a semi-staged performance of this delectable piece. Tenor Jonas Budris is Acis and soprano Laura Heimes is Galatea; the show is directed by Emily Cuk and conducted from the harpsichord by Leon Schelhase. "The music is Handel at his youthful best," Pegasus Early Music's Artistic Director Deborah Fox says. She'll also be playing lute in the ensemble. "This short work contains a love triangle with all the fixings— romance, jealousy, comedy, tragedy, and a supernatural ending," she says.

Pegasus Early Music presents Handel's "Acis and Galatea" on Sunday, May 5, 4 p.m. at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 North Fitzhugh Street. A pre-concert talk is at 3:15 p.m. $10-$28; grades three to 12 admitted free. 703-3990.

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