Sunday, September 26, 7:30 PM
First United Methodist Church, Evanston
Ticket Prices: $60, $45, $38

Monday, September 27, 7:30 PM
Harris Theater, Chicago
(Millennium Park)

Ticket Prices: $75, $60, $45, $38, $30

Free pre-concert lectures by Peter Van De Graaff will take place before each concert. Lectures begin at 6:30 PM in the church on Sunday, and at 6 PM at the Chicago Cultural Center on Monday.

This concert will be broadcast on WFMT 98.7 FM at 8 PM on March 11, 2011.


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Ode to St. Cecilia, “Welcome to all the pleasures”
Dido and Aeneas




“Act 1 Aria and Chorus, Banish Sorrow”

“Act 3 Aria, When I am laid in earth”

“Act 3 Chorus, With drooping wings ye Cupids come”

Music of the Baroque
Chorus and Orchestra

Dido and Aeneas:

Krisztina Szabó, Dido

Rufus Müller, Aeneas

Charlotte Dobbs, Belinda

Phyllis Pancella, Sorceress

Ryan Belongie, Spirit

Nicholas Phan, First Sailor

“Welcome to all the pleasures”:

Charlotte Dobbs, soprano

Ryan Belongie, alto

Nicholas Phan, tenor

Douglas Anderson, baritone

This concert is expected to last until approximately 9:40 PM.

Painting of Dido and Aeneas

Music of the Baroque’s 40th season opens with music by the great musical dramatist Henry Purcell, including his miniature masterpiece Dido and Aeneas. A joyous ode to Cecilia, patron saint of music, hails the beginning of a spectacular season—Welcome to all the pleasures!

Charles II of England’s restoration to the throne in 1660 made Henry Purcell’s career possible. During the Commonwealth, the musical landscape… Read more (pdf) »

Purcell, Dido and Aeneas
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra/McGegan with Lisa Saffer, Donna Deam, Christine Brandes, Paul Elliott, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Ellen Rabiner, Michael Dean, Ruth Rainero (Harmonia Mundi Fr)

Purcell, Welcome to All the Pleasures
Taverner Consort, Choir and Players/Parrott (EMI Classics)

Quote: “Hats off to Music of the Baroque for reminding audiences just how exquisite and beautiful these works can be in the right hands.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
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