2021-22 Concert Season
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The celebrated Music of the Baroque Chorus makes its first regular season appearance since December 2019 in Handel’s most iconic oratorio: Messiah. Nicholas Kraemer leads the Music of the Baroque Chorus, Orchestra, and soloists in the ensemble’s first performance of the work in over a decade. Herald the holiday season with the dramatic tour de force that has captivated audiences since 1741.
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.
- Buy Single Tickets Thursday, December 16, 8:00 PM Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest
- Buy Single Tickets Friday, December 17, 8:00 PM St. Michael in Old Town, Chicago
- Buy Single Tickets Saturday, December 18, 2:00 PM Faith, Hope, & Charity Church, Winnetka
- Buy Single Tickets Sunday, December 19, 2:00 PM Alice Millar Chapel, Evanston
Mozart scholar Dame Jane Glover joins forces with Chicago native and New York Philharmonic principal clarinet Anthony McGill for Mozart’s gorgeous Clarinet Concerto. Mozart’s haunting Symphony No. 40 in G Minor and Overture to Lucio Silla, written when he was just 15 years old, complete the program.
Led by Nicholas Kraemer, “Classical Heroines” explores the tension between 18th-century operatic heroines’ traditional roles as wives, girlfriends, and lovers and the undeniable sheer power of the female voice. The outstanding Baroque specialist, soprano Amanda Forsythe, joins Kraemer and the Music of the Baroque Orchestra for an unforgettable evening of arias and orchestral drama.
Dame Jane Glover leads the Music of the Baroque Chorus, Orchestra, and four world renowned soloists—Yulia Van Doren, Elizabeth DeShong, James Gilchrist, and Michael Sumuel—in Bach’s imaginative Easter Oratorio, a journey from a cavern’s darkness into the magnificent light of heaven. Gilchrist takes a solo turn in Bach’s only surviving cantata for tenor, “I, wretched man.” The motet "Komm, Jesu, komm" and the thrilling Sinfonia in D Major—possibly a fragment of a lost violin concerto—complete this all-Bach spring extravaganza.
The musical brothers Haydn were no strangers to sibling rivalry. Joseph traveled in fancy musical circles in Esterházy; Michael set up shop in Salzburg where he became friendly with the Mozart family. Decide for yourself who was better as Dame Jane Glover leads a celebration of each man’s unique artistry. Featured works include Michael Haydn’s Symphony No. 26—until 1907, believed to be by Mozart—and Joseph Haydn’s Creation Mass, declared by one of his contemporaries, “the greatest work of a very great man.”
The new season opens on a triumphant note with Handel’s two majestic works for outdoor celebrations: Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks. Music of the Baroque principal players shine in Handel’s “Concerto for two choirs” and Telemann’s Concerto for 3 Trumpets. Music of the Baroque’s first-ever Baroque-inspired commission, Spectacle of Light by Chicago composer Stacy Garrop, sets the stage for an illuminating evening.
- Buy Single Tickets Sunday, September 19, 3:00 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
Known for his innovation and instrumental virtuosity, Antonio Vivaldi was on the cutting edge of Baroque trends. Early music specialist John Butt, director of Scotland’s highly acclaimed Dunedin Consort, traces his accomplishments along with the people who inspired him—and whom he inspired, too. Featured works include Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in C Major plus music by Corelli, Albinoni, and Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1.