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.
Read Wynne Delacoma's preview for Chicago Classical Review.
"Glover led a boldly dramatic, silver-screen performance of Handel’s oratorio at the North Shore Center, one that made even veteran Handel hands seem pallid and ascetic by comparison. The evening moved with crackling urgency and Glover brought out the ingenuity of the music as well as the deep vein of feeling at its core."
—Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review
"There were impeccable vocal performances by three male and three female soloists, and by the 25-member Music of the Baroque Chorus under the leadership of new choral director Andrew Megill. And the orchestra, which typically handles Handel with aplomb, was in top form."
—Bob Benenson, Third Coast Review
Sponsor: The Negaunee Foundation