2022-23 Concert Season
The 2022–23 season marks the 20th anniversaries of Music Director Dame Jane Glover and Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer. Join our celebration of these Music of the Baroque luminaries with one of our most ambitious seasons to date! Create a series of 3 or more concerts (or renew your current series!) for priority seating, the biggest savings, and 10% off all additional single tickets.
“When one is tired of London,” said Samuel Johnson, “one is tired of life. Because there is in London all that life can afford.” English composer William Boyce knew Mozart, who composed his first symphony in the city when he was only eight years old. Handel’s Water Music was composed for the “stage” of the River Thames. And Haydn wrote his Clock Symphony for a grand performance in the city’s main concert hall. Principal Guest Conductor and London resident Nicholas Kraemer directs.
Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion speaks as urgently of compassion and hope today as it did 300 years ago—and when Music of the Baroque first performed it in 1974. One of the greatest creative achievements of all time, Bach wrote his masterpiece for two choruses, two orchestras, children’s chorus, and soloists. Only subscribers are guaranteed seats for what will be one of the musical highlights of the year. Dame Jane Glover conducts.
Dame Jane Glover takes the podium for a joyful evening of music written centuries ago by four friends in Vienna—and performed today by good friends in Chicago. Music of the Baroque’s principal players become the soloists in two intimate sinfonie concertanti by Haydn and Dittersdorf. A symphony by Vanhal and Mozart’s Symphony No. 34 in C Major complete the circles.
The new season opens with Music of the Baroque’s first performance in over three decades of Handel’s final oratorio. Working furiously while his eyesight was failing, Handel tells the story of Jephtha, who promises God that if he is victorious in battle, he will sacrifice the first creature he sees when he returns—his daughter Iphis. Will Jephtha be forced to follow through on his vow? Dame Jane Glover leads the orchestra, chorus, and a cast of internationally renowned soloists in this sublime masterpiece.
- Sunday, October 23, 11:59 PM On Demand,
Guest conductor Patrick Dupre Quigley explores the concept of “hero” in an energetic, whimsical program. The soloist is the hero of C. P. E. Bach’s Cello Concerto. From the ridiculous to the sublime, Telemann and Rameau offer rich musical depictions of literary heroes. J. S. Bach was his son’s hero—as C. P. E. wrote in his father’s obituary, “Our Bach was the greatest organist and clavier player that we have ever had.” And dance music composers from earlier generations are the great heroes of Baroque orchestral music. South Chicago Dance Theatre brings dances from Michael Praetorius’s Terpsichore to life through world-premiere choreography by founder and artistic director Kia Smith.
- Monday, November 14, 11:59 PM On Demand,
Celebrated countertenor Reginald Mobley wields a voice that is “pure of tone, immaculate in his articulation” (The Herald) in a program of powerfully moving arias by Handel. The chorus shines in Purcell’s exquisite “Hear my prayer, O Lord,” “Welcome to all the Pleasures,” and music from Handel’s oratorio Belshazzar. J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and lively dances William Croft composed for The Comedy call’d the Funeral complete this evening of high-spirited drama.
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Dame Jane Glover joins forces with “La Divina del Piano,” Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero, for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21. The Symphony No. 1 in G Major by virtuoso violinist and composer Joseph Bologne, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges, exudes the perfumed charm of late 18th-century France. With its sophistication and complexity, Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 hints at what might have been if its creator’s life had not been cut tragically short.
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