2017-18 Concert Season
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Written in the spirit of Bach and Handel, whose music he loved, Felix Mendelssohn's powerful choral masterpiece brings to life some of the most dramatic moments in the Old Testament. Fire comes from the heavens, storms gather, and the people cry for vengeance. From the prophet's curse of drought to his mocking of the priests of Baal and ultimate ascent to heaven on a fiery chariot, Elijah is an extraordinary musical experience. Music Director Jane Glover conducts, and acclaimed bass-baritone Eric Owens sings the title role.
- Saturday, September 16, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
- Sunday, September 17, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
Two's CompanyBaroque Double Concertos
J. S. Bach's Concerto for Violin and Oboe headlines an evening that also features a concerto for two violins by Telemann and a double cello concerto by Vivaldi. Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 provides classical contrast in a sparkling program led with trademark style and zest by Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer.
- Sunday, November 19, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
- Monday, November 20, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
Holiday Brass & Choral Concerts
Celebrate the season with inspiring music in beautiful spaces. Discover why Chicago Classical Review says that William Jon Gray has "set a new standard for these popular holiday programs in recent years, presenting dizzyingly eclectic and wide-ranging selections...performed with great feeling and expressive depth."
- Thursday, December 14, 8:00 PM Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest
- Friday, December 15, 8:00 PM St. Michael’s, Chicago (Old Town)
- Saturday, December 16, 3:00 PM Divine Word Chapel, Northbrook
- Sunday, December 17, 3:00 PM Divine Word Chapel, Northbrook
Two of the composer's works for multiple soloiststhe profound Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola and his lively Sinfonia Concertante for Four Windsare featured in this year's Mozart birthday celebration. Our own resident Mozart authority Jane Glover conducts a program that also includes the Symphony No. 33.
- Sunday, January 28, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
- Monday, January 29, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
The Jewish orphan Esther becomes Queen of Persia and saves her people from massacre by the villain Haman in this compelling and intimate version of the first English oratorio. Don't miss the tale of a triumphant heroine, told in sensuous arias and stirring choruses by master musical storyteller George Frideric Handel.
- Sunday, February 25, 3:00 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
- Tuesday, February 27, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
The St. John Passion
Johann Sebastian Bach sets scripture and poetry to music of heartbreaking beauty in a deeply human, intensely dramatic retelling of the Passion narrative. Tenor Thomas Cooley sings the Evangelist in one of the greatest choral works of all timeperformed with the commitment and fervor Music of the Baroque always brings to Bach's sacred music.
- Sunday, March 25, 3:00 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
- Monday, March 26, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
Concertos for VoiceVivaldi, Pergolesi, Handel
The human voice soars with instrumental freedom in a program of gorgeous sacred works featuring rising young singers under the baton of early music specialist Paul Agnew. Virtuosic vocal "concertos" by Handel and Vivaldi are heard alongside the Pergolesi Stabat Matera profoundly moving portrait of a mother's grief.
- Sunday, April 22, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
- Monday, April 23, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
Three's A CrowdKraemer Conducts Bach & Telemann
The concert season closes with an exuberant evening of musical camaraderie as the virtuoso players of the Music of the Baroque Orchestra take the stage in teams of three. Nicholas Kraemer conducts J. S. Bach's Brandenberg Concerto No. 3, Fourth Orchestral Suite, and Concerto for Flute, Violin, and Harpsichord, along with a Telemann triple concerto for violins and oboes...and more.
- Sunday, May 13, 3:00 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
- Monday, May 14, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago