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 North Shore Center, Skokie
    • Monday, October 24, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
  • 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 North Shore Center, Skokie
    • Tuesday, November 22, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
  • 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 Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest
    • Friday, December 16, 8:00 PM St. Michael’s, Chicago (Old Town)
    • Saturday, December 17, 3:00 PM Divine Word Chapel, Northbrook
    • Sunday, December 18, 3:00 PM Divine Word Chapel, Northbrook
  • 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 North Shore Center, Skokie
    • Monday, January 23, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
  • 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 a program that captures the true spirit of the age. 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 North Shore Center, Skokie
    • Monday, February 27, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
  • Glorious Chorus—Bach & Vivaldi

    The chorus Opera News Magazine calls "one of Chicago's musical glories" sings an evening of beautiful, rarely performed works. Discover music rich with glowing color, driving energy, and a unique ability to stir the soul.

    • Sunday, March 26, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
    • Monday, March 27, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
  • Imogen Cooper Plays Mozart

    Mozart said, "Haydn alone has the secret of both making me smile and touching my innermost soul," and Haydn called Mozart "the greatest composer I know." Two celebrated interpreters of Mozart and Haydn join forces for a Classical-era orcehstra program. Discover why the Chicago Sun-Times calls Imogen Cooper and Jane Glover "a heavenly match."

    • Sunday, April 23, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
    • Monday, April 24, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
  • 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 North Shore Center, Skokie
    • Monday, May 15, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago

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