2019-20 Concert Season

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The sublimity of sacred music set alongside the fierce competition between rival sopranos. The divine inspiration of the natural world, and the cunning politics behind national musical styles. Contrast was a central part of the Baroque, and we explore these exhilarating dualities in the 2019-20 season. Renew your current series or create a new series and save significantly over the price of single tickets.


  • The Chase—Haydn, Handel & Rameau

    In the 18th century, hunting was more than a leisure activity—it was a potent symbol of power, virility, and even good government. Nicholas Kraemer leads a wonderfully evocative program that brings the natural world of “the hunt” to life, from the hunting scene in Rameau’s opera Hippolyte et Aricie to Haydn’s Chase Symphony to Bach’s delightful Hunt Cantata.

  • Bach & the Italians

    Eighteenth-century Italy was a vibrant source of musical inspiration. Nicholas Kraemer leads the orchestra in a colorful program showcasing the genius of the Italian Baroque—and our own principal players—including Marcello’s gorgeous Concerto for oboe and Vivaldi’s triumphant Concerto for 2 trumpets. Concertos for 2 and 3 violins by J. S. Bach show just how far—and how loudly—Italian influence resonated.

  • Holiday Brass & Choral Concerts

    Guest conductor Patrick Dupré Quigley, founder and artistic director of the Grammy-nominated ensemble Seraphic Fire, leads joyful carols, solemn chant, and jubilant works for brass. Don’t miss the Chicago tradition known for “smart, historically discerning, and geographically varied repertoire that doesn’t shy away from the season’s religious essence” (Chicago Classical Review).

  • Alison Balsom Plays Haydn

    Trumpet sensation Alison Balsom wields her “alluring, expressive tone and agile technique” (New York Times) in Haydn’s beloved trumpet concerto. Mozart’s innovative Linz and Prague symphonies and Haydn’s uplifting Alleluia symphony complete this Classical showcase in honor of Mozart’s birthday.

  • Rival Divas—Handel & Mozart

    Vocal sparks will fly as internationally renowned sopranos Susanna Phillips and Jane Archibald sing music written for the great dueling divas of the Baroque and Classical eras. The rivalries between Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni in Handel’s day, and Caterina Cavalieri and Aloysia Lange in Mozart’s, come to life in a fascinating program of virtuosic arias and duets.

  • À La Française—Rebel & Rameau

    French style was the height of Baroque musical fashion. Guest conductor Patrick Dupré Quigley takes the orchestra on an exploration of its influence, starting with the visceral rhythms and catchy melodies of French composers Rameau and Rebel and moving to Henry Purcell’s spectacular music from King Arthur and J. S. Bach’s unforgettable Orchestral Suite No. 3.  

  • Musica Sacra—Vivaldi, Allegri, Byrd & Purcell

    The Music of the Baroque Chorus—“one of Chicago’s musical glories” (Opera News)—takes center stage in gorgeous early music performed in two of the area’s most beautiful churches. Jane Glover leads Allegri’s ethereal Miserere and Byrd’s contemplative Mass for 4 Voices. Vivaldi’s jubilant Gloria completes this inspiring program.


  • Mass in B Minor

    Written across two decades and completed in Bach’s final years, the Mass in B Minor is the glorious summation of an extraordinary musical life. Jane Glover leads the chorus, orchestra, and a roster of top-notch Bach soloists in one of the greatest creative achievements of all time.

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