2015–16 Concert Season
Join us this season and discover the choral splendor, orchestral invention and solo virtuosity that is Music of the Baroque.
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 North Shore Center, Skokie
- Monday, October 19, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
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 North Shore Center, Skokie
- Monday, November 30, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
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.
- Thursday, December 17, 8:00 PM Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest
- Friday, December 18, 8:00 PM St. Michael in Old Town, Chicago
- Saturday, December 19, 3:00 PM Divine Word Chapel, Northbrook
- Sunday, December 20, 3:00 PM Divine Word Chapel, Northbrook
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 North Shore Center, Skokie
- Monday, January 25, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
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 North Shore Center, Skokie
- Monday, February 29, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
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 St. Michael in Old Town, Chicago
- Saturday, April 2, 7:30 PM Divine Word Chapel, Northbrook
- Sunday, April 3, 3:00 PM Divine Word Chapel, Northbrook
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 North Shore Center, Skokie
- Monday, April 25, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
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 North Shore Center, Skokie
- Monday, May 23, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago