Conductor’s Perspective

2013–2014 Season

Nicholas Kraemer on Royal Fireworks Music—and More, Part II

Music of the Baroque’s principal guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer discusses Royal Fireworks Music—and More. In the second of a two-part series, Kraemer shares his insights into highly inventive music by Rameau and Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks. Concerts take place on May 18 and 19.

Nicholas Kraemer on Royal Fireworks Music—and More

Music of the Baroque’s principal guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer discusses Royal Fireworks Music—and More, the dramatic conclusion to the 2013–14 season. In the first of a two-part series, Kraemer shares his insights into Purcell’s joyful Fairy Queen, Vivaldi’s atmospheric bassoon concerto, “La notte,” and a delightfully quirky symphony by C. P. E. Bach. Concerts take place on May 18 and 19.

Jane Glover on Haydn’s Creation

Jane Glover discusses Haydn’s unparalleled oratorio The Creation, which she calls perhaps the “greatest work ever written.” Soloists Elizabeth Futral, Nicholas Phan, and Christòpheren Nomura join the Music of the Baroque Chorus and Orchestra for these performances on March 30 and 31.

Nicholas Kraemer on Handel’s Apollo e Dafne

Nicholas Kraemer discusses one of his favorite works by Handel, the dramatically concise cantata Apollo e Dafne, which he conducts on March 2 and April 21.

You don’t have to be a believer to appreciate this music

Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer shares his perspective on Bach’s cantatas, particularly Cantata 197, one of the works featured in the opening concerts of Music of the Baroque’s 2013-14 season. Also on the program are Bach’s Cantata 159 and Magnificat. Performances take place Sunday, October 6, at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, and Monday, October 7, at the Harris Theater in Chicago. More information on Kraemer Conducts Bach—Magnificat!

Nicholas Kraemer discusses one of J. S. Bach’s treasures

Music of the Baroque’s principal guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer explains what sets Bach’s Cantata No. 159 apart from hundreds of other cantatas the composer wrote. Subscribe today and you won’t miss hearing this work, along with Bach’s Cantata No. 197 and the Magnificat in D, performed by the Music of the Baroque Chorus and Orchestra in the opening concerts of the 2013–14 season.

2012–2013 Season

Sweet Home Chicago

In this short video, Music of the Baroque’s music director Jane Glover talks about what she loves about Chicago and how she spends her time when in town.

Jane Glover on Handel’s Israel in Egypt

Handel’s great biblical drama of liberation is a choral tour de force, chock full of visual paintings of the ten plagues. In this interview with Jane Glover, Music of the Baroque’s maestro discusses the role of the chorus.