2020-21 Concert Season
Due to the current pandemic, travel challenges for international conductors and soloists, and the need to maintain safety for musicians and audience, our retooled 2020-21 season focuses on intimate, string-dominated music well-suited to social distancing. Each concert will be performed once, last approximately one hour with no intermission, and will be streamed live. We will admit a socially distanced, current subscriber-only audience as city and state requirements permit.
If you are a current subscriber and have questions, please call Audience Services at 312.551.1414 M-F, 10am-5pm.
Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Concertmaster Gina DiBello leads the Music of the Baroque Orchestra in Vivaldi’s iconic Four Seasons, an evocative musical journey through the different times of year. As Chicago Classical Review wrote of Gina DiBello’s last performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, “From top to bottom DiBello was an assured soloist whose personality-plus playing was crucial to [this] reconsideration of these well-known works.” Ryan Opera Center alumnus Christopher Kenney reads the original sonnets composed for these picturesque concertos.
- Sunday, January 24, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
Double Trouble—Bach, Vivaldi & More
The Music of the Baroque Orchestra bands together for a lively and driving program of Baroque instrumental works. Co-directors Katheen Brauer and Kevin Case team up for Bach and Vivaldi’s thrilling concertos for two violins and orchestra. Inventive and inspiring grand concertos for orchestra by Corelli and his admirer Handel complete this intimate and energetic evening.
- Sunday, February 28, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
Barnatan Plays Mozart
In her first appearance this season, Music Director Jane Glover joins forces with Israeli piano virtuoso Inon Barnatan—“one of the most admired pianists of his generation,” according to The New York Times—in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14. Mozart’s intensely personal Symphony No. 29 and dramatic music by Handel round out a program highlighting the talents of two composers who defined their musical eras.
- Monday, March 29, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
Bach's Brandenburg Concertos
Bach may have composed the six Brandenburg Concertos to gain employment, but his “musical resume” stands today as one of the great monuments in Baroque orchestral music. Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer leads the Music of the Baroque Orchestra in three of the six concertos—the joyful Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 for string orchestra, the maverick Brandenburg No. 5 with its wild harpsichord solo, and the dusky-hued No. 6 featuring violas and viole da gamba.
- Monday, April 26, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
Plus Fours! Handel, Telemann, Locatelli, Vivaldi
Baroque invention, contrast, and brilliance is on display as Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer leads works by four great Baroque composers for groups of four (and more!) musicians. Vivaldi’s propulsive Concerto for 4 violins and orchestra is set against Telemann’s work for 4 violins alone, while Locatelli throws violas into the mix. Two grand concertos for orchestra by Handel merge dramatic fervor with compositional prowess.
- Sunday, May 9, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
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 one of the area’s most beautiful churches. Jane Glover leads Byrd’s contemplative Mass for 4 Voices and Vivaldi’s jubilant Gloria in the chorus's first appearance this season.
- Sunday, June 6, 2:00 PM Faith, Hope, & Charity Church, Winnetka