2020-21 Concert Season
Celebrate with us!
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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From chaos to the emergence of light, from bringing forth the animals to the delights of the Garden of Eden, Joseph Haydn brings the creation of the world to life in beautifully vivid musical pictures. Jane Glover conducts the chorus, orchestra, and soloists Ying Fang, Michael St. Peter, and Roderick Williams in this endlessly inventive masterpiece. Sung in English.
- Sunday, September 13, 3:00 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
- Monday, September 14, 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, October 18, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
- Tuesday, October 20, 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. Herald the holiday season with the dramatic tour de force that has captivated audiences since 1741.
- Sunday, November 29, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
- Monday, November 30, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
The most enduring tradition in Music of the Baroque’s history. Celebrate the season with inspiring music in beautiful spaces as Andrew Megill, conductor of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Chorus and the Carmel Bach Festival Chorale, leads joyful carols, solemn chant, and jubilant works for brass.
- Thursday, December 17, 8:00 PM Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest
- Friday, December 18, 8:00 PM St. Michael in Old Town, Chicago
- Saturday, December 19, 2:00 PM Faith, Hope, & Charity Church, Winnetka
- Sunday, December 20, 2:00 PM Alice Millar Chapel, Evanston
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. 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
Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion speaks as urgently of compassion and hope today as it did when it was written 300 years ago—and when Music of the Baroque first performed it in 1974. One of the greatest creative achievements of all time and written for double chorus and orchestra, Bach’s masterpiece is the cornerstone of the 50th anniversary celebration.
- Sunday, March 28, 3:00 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
- Monday, March 29, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
The 50th season culminates in a blaze of glory 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 a new work by Chicago composer Stacy Garrop—the ensemble's first-ever commission.
- Sunday, May 9, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
- Monday, May 10, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago