2017-18 Concert Season

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  • Elijah

    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 an all-star cast—soprano Susanna Phillips, mezzo Elizabeth DeShong, tenor William Burden, and in the title role, bass-baritone Eric Owens.

    Elijah will be performed in English.

    • Saturday, September 16, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
    • Sunday, September 17, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
  • Two's Company—Baroque Double Concertos

    J. S. Bach's gorgeous 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 orchestral program led with trademark energy 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. Chorus Director William Jon Gray leads the Music of the Baroque Chorus and virtuoso eight-part brass ensemble in "dizzyingly eclectic and wide-ranging ancient, Baroque and contemporary sacred music, performed with great feeling and expressive depth." (Chicago Classical Review)

    • 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
  • Mozart Dialogues

    Two of the composer's works for multiple soloists—the profound Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola and his lively Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds—are featured in a Mozart birthday celebration program that also includes the Symphony No. 33. Join us to discover why critics and audiences cheer whenever Music Director Jane Glover conducts Mozart.

    • Sunday, January 28, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
    • Monday, January 29, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
  • Handel's Esther

    The Jewish orphan Esther becomes Queen of Persia and saves her people from massacre by the villain Haman in this compelling and intimate musical drama. Don't miss the tale of a triumphant heroine, told in sensuous arias and stirring choruses by master musical storyteller George Frideric Handel. Jane Glover conducts the Music of the Baroque premiere of Esther.

    • 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 telling of Christ's betrayal, suffering, and death. Jane Glover conducts, and tenor Thomas Cooley sings the Evangelist in one of the greatest choral works of all time—sung and played with the commitment and fervor Music of the Baroque always brings to Bach's music.

    • Sunday, March 25, 3:00 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
    • Monday, March 26, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
  • Concertos for Voice—Vivaldi, 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 Mater—a profoundly moving portrait of a mother's grief. The exciting Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński makes his Music of the Baroque debut.

    • Sunday, April 22, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
    • Monday, April 23, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
  • Three's A Crowd—Kraemer Conducts Bach & Telemann

    The concert season closes with an 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

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