2018-19 Concert Season
Join us for our 2018-19 season. From opera and oratorio to suites and symphonies, it all starts with the Baroque. To order by phone, call our box office at 312.551.1414 Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm.
A “gap year” is in vogue today—and it was in the 17th and 18th centuries, too. Harry Bicket, Baroque specialist and artistic director of The English Concert, leads a lively musical reenactment of the grand European tour of young nobles and aristocrats, from London and Versailles to Venice and Munich.
Jane Glover serves up a rich brew of Bach and Haydn, including Bach’s delightfully whimsical Coffee Cantata with soprano Joélle Harvey and energetic Orchestral Suite No. 2. Two symphonies by Haydn—the crackling Fire and the contemplative Philosopher—add a dash of Classical flavor.
Whether written for the chapel or crafted for the stage, Baroque music goes hand in hand with theater. Nicholas Kraemer leads Handel’s thrilling Dixit Dominus and Bach’s impassioned Cantata 131, “Out of the depths / I call, Lord, to you.” Excerpts from Purcell’s Fairy Queen, a perfect marriage of poetry and dance, round out a night of musical drama.
Left unfinished at his death, Mozart’s Requiem is legendary. Jane Glover leads opera superstars Amanda Majeski and Eric Owens in this profoundly moving meditation on the endurance of genius and life’s fragility. Handel’s Coronation Anthems showcase the Music of the Baroque Chorus, “one of Chicago’s musical glories” (Opera News).
- Saturday, September 15, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
- Sunday, September 16, 3:00 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
The natural world springs to life in a beautifully evocative Baroque orchestral program. Nicholas Kraemer leads Vivaldi’s iconic Four Seasons with concertmaster Gina DiBello, a “superb musician” (Chicago Classical Review). Telemann pays homage to rivers in the fanciful and humorous Wassermusik, while Rameau’s Suite from Platée tells of a water nymph’s amorous escapades.
- Sunday, November 4, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
- Monday, November 5, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
From the heaven-storming timpani of the opening chorus, the Christmas story unfolds in dramatic narrative, moving arias, and inspiring chorales—performed with the power and passion Music of the Baroque always brings to Bach’s great choral works.
Inspiring music in beautiful spaces. Joyful carols, solemn chant, and jubilant works for brass unite in a glorious program called "Nowell sing we! An International Christmas."
- Buy Single Tickets Thursday, December 13, 8:00 PM Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest
- Buy Single Tickets Friday, December 14, 8:00 PM St. Michael in Old Town, Chicago
- Buy Single Tickets Saturday, December 15, 3:00 PM Divine Word Chapel, Northbrook
- Buy Single Tickets Sunday, December 16, 3:00 PM Divine Word Chapel, Northbrook
Pianist Angela Hewitt, whom the New York Times calls “an artist of consummate technical skill and refinement,” makes her Music of the Baroque debut in Mozart’s shimmering Piano Concerto No. 27—the very last he wrote. The masterful “Gran Partita” for winds completes a program that shows why Maurice Ravel called Mozart “the greatest musician…our god.”