2023-24 Concert Season

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Heaven & Earth

From Mozart’s powerful Requiem and Bach’s St. John Passion to rhythmic dances by Rameau and a lively Baroque celebration of the animal kingdom, the 2023-24 season will transport you. Read all about 2024-25, our upcoming season.

  • The Mozart Requiem

    Dame Jane Glover leads the Music of the Baroque Chorus, Orchestra, and international opera stars Susanna Phillips, Paula Murrihy, Miles Mykkanen, and Michael Sumuel in an incredible evening of musical drama that soars to the heavens. Bach brings to life Mary’s passionate words in his vivid setting of the hymn, “My soul magnifies the Lord.” Standing at the other end is the heartrending work Mozart was still writing on his deathbed—the monumental Requiem.

    • Sunday, September 17, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
    • Monday, September 18, 7:30 PM Symphony Center, Chicago
    • Buy OnDemand Pass Friday, September 22, 5:00 PM On Demand,
  • Viva Vivaldi!

    Viva Vivaldi! Baroque favorite Antonio Vivaldi takes center stage in a celebration of the 345th anniversary of his birth. The chorus brings “intensity and brilliance” (Chicago Classical Review) to the dramatic Kyrie, fiery Credo, and exhilarating Gloria. The orchestra shows off Vivaldi’s inventive instrumental music with concertos for violins and lute and the compact, yet stunning Sinfonia al Santo Sepolcro (At the Holy Grave).

    • Sunday, October 15, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
    • Monday, October 16, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
    • Buy OnDemand Pass Friday, October 20, 5:00 PM On Demand,
  • Windy City

    Politics may have prompted Chicago’s nickname, but wind and water are at the heart of its identity. Dame Jane Glover leads a program impishly inspired by our hometown, including a suite from Handel’s grand Water Music. Our wind and horn principals move center stage in Hummel’s Bassoon Concerto and Mozart’s fourth Horn Concerto. Symphonies by Joseph Bologne and Joseph Haydn, both members of the mysterious Freemason Society, add to the intrigue. 

    • Sunday, November 19, 7:30 PM North Shore Center, Skokie
    • Monday, November 20, 7:30 PM Harris Theater, Chicago
    • Buy OnDemand Pass Friday, November 24, 5:00 PM On Demand,
  • Holiday Brass & Choral Concerts

    Inspiring music in some of Chicago’s most beautiful spaces. The Music of the Baroque Chorus and Brass Ensemble traverse through time from the medieval age to the present with ethereal chant, majestic works for brass, and some of the best choral music ever written. Stephen Alltop conducts music by Gabrieli, Praetorius, and much more. 

    • Thursday, December 14, 7:30 PM Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest
    • Friday, December 15, 7:30 PM St. Michael in Old Town, Chicago
    • Saturday, December 16, 2:00 PM Faith, Hope, & Charity Church, Winnetka
    • Sunday, December 17, 2:00 PM Alice Millar Chapel, Evanston
    • Buy OnDemand Pass Friday, December 22, 5:00 PM On Demand,
  • Mullova Plays Bach

    Baroque riches abound as internationally acclaimed violinist Viktoria Mullova joins forces with guest conductor Jonathan Cohen, the newly appointed music director of Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society. Mullova’s unparalleled affinity for Bach shines in his Violin Concertos in A Minor and E Major. Wildly colorful suites by French Baroque composers Jean-Baptiste Lully and Jean-Philippe Rameau add a dash of French flair. 

  • The St. John Passion

    An intimate and deeply human account of Christ’s betrayal, suffering, and death, Bach’s Passion According to St. John sets scripture and poetry in emotionally moving, expressively beautiful music. Dame Jane Glover leads the chorus, orchestra, and a roster of internationally renowned soloists in one of the greatest sacred works of all time. 

  • Birds, Frogs, Crickets, & Dogs

    The animal kingdom comes alive through charming works for orchestra under the direction of Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer. Dogs bark in Vivaldi’s “Spring” Concerto from the famous Four Seasons. Crickets chirp in Telemann’s unusually scored Cricket Symphony, while frogs ribbit in his virtuosic concerto for violin. Delight in the “clucking” and “scratching” in Haydn’s Hen Symphony, which closes the program on a wonderfully humorous note.

  • Heaven & Earth

    Patrick Dupre Quigley, director of the Miami-based ensemble Seraphic Fire, returns to lead the Music of the Baroque Chorus and Orchestra in a musical marriage of the earthly and the sublime. Dance in your seat to the visceral rhythms of Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1 and lose yourself in the palpable chill of “The Frost Scene” from Purcell’s King Arthur. Allegri’s ethereal Miserere mei, Deus and Handel’s thrilling Dixit Dominus propel the program to the heavens.

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