2015–16 Concert Season

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Join us this season and discover the choral splendor, orchestral invention and solo virtuosity that is Music of the Baroque.

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  • Kraemer Conducts Bach —
    Masterpiece Cantatas

    From the immense grandeur of “Preise, Jerusalem” to the luminous humanity of “Wachet auf” and intense intimacy of “Ich habe genug,” these opening concerts celebrate Bach’s extraordinary range of musical expression in three of his best-loved cantatas.

    • Sunday, October 18, 7:30 PM
    • Monday, October 19, 7:30 PM
  • Heroic Handel —
    Judas Maccabaeus

    The story of a people’s triumph told in music of high drama and glorious pageantry, Judas Maccabaeus is George Frideric Handel at his heroic best, full of rousing choruses, ravishing duets, and fiery arias. Jane Glover conducts a thrilling work that rivals Messiah in choral splendor.

    • Sunday, November 29, 3:00 PM
    • Monday, November 30, 7:30 PM
  • Holiday Brass & Choral Concerts

    Celebrate the season with inspiring music in beautiful spaces. The tradition continues as handbells ring out in the night and voices rise to the rafters. Music of the Baroque’s Chorus and Brass Ensemble offer up a pageant of sound under the baton of Chorus Director William Jon Gray.

    • Thursday, December 17, 8:00 PM
    • Friday, December 18, 8:00 PM
    • Saturday, December 19, 3:00 PM
    • Sunday, December 20, 3:00 PM
  • Musical Patrons —
    Water Music & More

    Baroque and Classical era musicians often composed “on demand” for wealthy noble, church, and royal patrons. Join us as Jane Glover and the Music of the Baroque Orchestra explore works by Haydn, Mozart, Bach, and Handel, including the Haffner and Farewell Symphonies, a sparkling suite from the Water Music, and the First Brandenburg Concerto.

    • Sunday, January 24, 7:30 PM
    • Monday, January 25, 7:30 PM
  • From Dawn to Dusk —
    Haydn & Mozart

    The Music of the Baroque Orchestra shines in three short Haydn symphonies — Le Matin, Le Midi, and Le Soir. Written in the concerto grosso style, with virtuoso writing for solo and groups of instruments throughout, these works are full of novelty and surprise. Mozart’s Serenata Notturna rounds out the musical day.

    • Sunday, February 28, 7:30 PM
    • Monday, February 29, 7:30 PM
  • Claudio Monteverdi —
    1610 Vespers

    A towering masterpiece of the early Baroque — at once intimate and grand, prayerful and dramatic, exalted and sensual. Monteverdi’s rarely performed 1610 Vespers of the Blessed Virgin offers up a dizzying array of textures and sonorities in brilliant instrumental writing, opulent choruses, and moving solo arias and duets. Don't miss this highlight of the classical music season.

    • Friday, April 1, 7:30 PM
    • Saturday, April 2, 7:30 PM
    • Sunday, April 3, 3:00 PM
  • Hear My Prayer —
    Great Purcell Anthems

    The acclaimed Music of the Baroque Chorus takes center stage for an intimate evening of expressive music by Henry Purcell. Early music specialist Paul Agnew conducts a program highlighting the beauty and immediacy of sacred anthems and instrumental sonatas written for the Chapel Royal by the composer known as the “English Orpheus.”

    • Sunday, April 24, 7:30 PM
    • Monday, April 25, 7:30 PM
  • A Musical Feast—
    Telemann, Bach, Vivaldi

    Music of the Baroque’s 45th Anniversary Season closes with Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer at the podium for a delicious program of sparkling instrumental music by Telemann, Vivaldi, and J. S. Bach. The evening’s feast for the ears begins with a suite from Tafelmusik and ends with the dazzling Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.

    • Sunday, May 22, 7:30 PM
    • Monday, May 23, 7:30 PM

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