2016-17 Concert Season

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  • The Power of Music —
    Alexander's Feast

    Handel's enduring tribute to music's magical ability to arouse intense emotions, Alexander's Feast is a dramatic, vividly colorful work that moves listeners from heartfelt pity to fiery revenge, and from tender love to transcendent joy. The harp concerto heard at its London premiere rounds out an evening celebrating the "Pow'r of Musick."

    • Sunday, October 23, 7:30 PM
    • Monday, October 24, 7:30 PM
  • The Family Bach

    Born into a musical dynasty that stretched over 250 years and six generations, three of the great J. S. Bach's sons were noted composers in their own right. Jane Glover and the orchestra explore diverse works by Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel, and Johann Christian Bach in a program that also includes one of their father's beloved violin concertos.

    • Sunday, November 20, 7:30 PM
    • Tuesday, November 22, 7:30 PM
  • Holiday Brass & Choral Concerts

    Celebrated early music specialist Paul Agnew returns to conduct this season's program of beautiful music in inspiring places. The tradition continues as handbells ring out in the night, and the Music of the Baroque Chorus and eight-part brass ensemble create a pageant of sound.

    • Thursday, December 15, 8:00 PM
    • Friday, December 16, 8:00 PM
    • Saturday, December 17, 3:00 PM
    • Sunday, December 18, 3:00 PM
  • The Mass in C Minor

    Jane Glover leads Mozart's "Great" C Minor Mass. With its mighty choruses, sublime solos, and intricate orchestral writing, the Mass is unlike any other church music of its time, looking back to Bach and Handel and offering an extraordinary diversity of style. Soprano Susanna Phillips sings Mozart's glorious motet "Exsultate, jubilate" in a program that also includes stirring music of Beethoven.

    • Sunday, January 22, 7:30 PM
    • Monday, January 23, 7:30 PM
  • Harmony & Invention—
    Baroque Orchestral Music

    The Baroque era was a time of staggering innovation in the arts: instrumental music came into its own and virtuosity rose to new heights. Nicholas Kraemer leads the Music of the Baroque Orchestra in lively works by a wide-ranging group of early composers. Highlights include a bravura suite for oboes from Telemann's Tafelmusik and a dazzling Vivaldi violin concerto depicting a storm at sea.

    • Sunday, February 26, 7:30 PM
    • Monday, February 27, 7:30 PM
  • Glorious Chorus—Bach & Vivaldi

    The chorus Opera News Magazine calls "one of Chicago's musical glories" takes center stage for an evening of beautiful and all-too-rarely performed sacred music under the baton of William Jon Gray. Discover a joyous Vivaldi Magnificat and Bach's sublime motet "Komm, Jesu, komm" and Mass in F Major. Orchestral works by Albinoni and Vivaldi will also be heard.

    • Sunday, March 26, 7:30 PM
    • Monday, March 27, 7:30 PM
  • Imogen Cooper Plays Mozart

    Renowned British pianist Imogen Cooper ("a rare and always welcome guest in Chicago," says Chicago Classical Review) returns to the Music of the Baroque stage to play Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 in a classical orchestral program that also includes the ballet music from Idomeneo and Haydn's "Clock" Symphony.

    • Sunday, April 23, 7:30 PM
    • Monday, April 24, 7:30 PM
  • The Day of Judgment

    The concert season closes with Music of the Baroque's first performances in 25 years of Georg Philipp Telemann's powerful oratorio The Day of Judgment. From the opening call of the trumpet, through earthquakes, thunder, and devastation, to the final celestial chorus at the gates of heaven, this vivid work makes for a truly gripping evening of musical story-telling.

    • Sunday, May 14, 7:30 PM
    • Monday, May 15, 7:30 PM

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