2020-21 Concert Season
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For 50 seasons, Music of the Baroque has been providing Chicago with top-notch performances of the finest music ever composed. Join Music Director Jane Glover and the Music of the Baroque Chorus and Orchestra for a golden jubilee year.
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Music of the Baroque’s very first season featured music of Mozart—and under the leadership of Mozart scholar Jane Glover, concerts in honor of his birthday have become a tradition. This year, Glover joins forces with “La Divina del Piano,” Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero, for the composer’s Piano Concerto No. 21. The world premiere of Stacy Garrop's Spectacle of Light—the ensemble's first ever commission—plus Mozart’s haunting Symphony No. 40 in G Minor and Overture to Lucio Silla, written when he was just 15 years old, complete the celebration.
- Sunday, January 24, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
- Monday, January 25, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
Known for his invention and instrumental virtuosity. Antonio Vivaldi was on the cutting edge of Baroque trends. Early music specialist John Butt, director of the Dunedin Consort, traces his accomplishments along with the people who inspired him—and whom he inspired, too. Featured works include Vivaldi’s “Winter” Concerto from The Four Seasons, the jaunty Bassoon Concerto, and energetic Concerto for Four Violins along with music by Corelli, Albinoni, and Bach.
- Sunday, February 28, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
- Monday, March 1, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
The 50th season continues with Handel’s two majestic works for outdoor celebrations: Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks. Other highlights of the gala 50th season finale include Vivaldi's "Storm at Sea" concerto and the reprise of the ensemble's first ever commission, Spectacle of Light by Chicago composer Stacy Garrop—inspired by Baroque fireworks.
- Sunday, March 28, 3:00 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
- Monday, March 29, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
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 and special guest artists in the ensemble’s first-ever performance of all six works.
- Sunday, April 25, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
- Monday, April 26, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
Music of the Baroque’s stylish interpretations of the great Handel oratorios have been celebrated for 50 seasons. The Music of the Baroque Chorus, Orchestra, and soloists join forces with conductor Nicholas Kraemer in the ensemble's first performance in over ten years of the most iconic: Messiah.
- Sunday, May 9, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
- Monday, May 10, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
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.
- Sunday, June 6, 2:00 PM Faith, Hope, & Charity Church, Winnetka
- Monday, June 7, 7:30 PM Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago