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CONCERTS

Announcing our 2022-2023 Season

Music Director Dame Jane Glover and Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer discuss the details of our 52nd season.



Baroque Notes

Enhance your enjoyment of Music of the Baroque concerts with "Baroque Notes," our pre-concert lecture series.

May 2022: The Brothers Haydn

Program annotator Jen More discusses Music of the Baroque's May 8 and 9 concerts, "The Brothers Haydn." Featured works include Michael Haydn's Symphony in E-flat Major (MH 473) and Joseph Haydn's Creation Mass. Dame Jane Glover leads the chorus, orchestra, and soloists Rebecca Farley, Meg Bragle, Michael St. Peter, and Tyler Duncan.



April 2022: Bach's Easter Oratorio

Program annotator Jen More discusses Music of the Baroque's April 10 and 11 concerts, featuring Bach's Easter Oratorio, Sinfonia in D Major, "Komm, Jesu, komm," and music by Buxtehude and Purcell. Dame Jane Glover leads the chorus, orchestra, and soloists Yulia Van Doren, Elizabeth DeShong, James Gilchrist, and Michael Sumuel.



March 2022: Classical Heroines

Program annotator Jen More discusses the vocal works soprano Amanda Forsythe will perform as part of "Classical Heroines"(March 20 & 21) under the direction of Nicholas Kraemer.



November 2021: Discovering Messiah

Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer and program annotator Jennifer More discuss Handel's Messiah in preparation for the ensemble's first performances of the oratorio in over a decade.

Episode 1
Topics covered in Episode 1 include how Nicholas prepares to direct a work he's conducted over 100 times, changes in performance practice over the centuries, and Nicholas's most memorable Messiah experiences.



Episode 2
In Episode 2, Nicholas delves into the significance of Messiah's text sources and how librettist Charles Jennens's choices add nuance to the work's meaning.

October 2021: Vivaldi & Friends

Program annotator Jennifer More and guest conductor John Butt discuss the program for "Vivaldi & Friends," tracing the network of Vivaldi’s influence (and influences) from Corelli to Bach.


September 2021: Baroque Fireworks—Handel, Telemann, Garrop

Program annotator Jennifer More discusses the program for "Baroque Fireworks," including Handel's Water Music, Concerto a due cori No. 1, and Music for the Royal Fireworks. Composer Stacy Garrop shares the creative process behind Spectacle of Light, specially commissioned for our 50th anniversary.





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WFMT BROADCAST SERIES

Music of the Baroque is proud to partner with Chicago's classical music station 98.7/WFMT in our 50th anniversary season. Highlights of the past ten seasons were showcased in a weekly broadcast series on 98.7/WFMT from August to October 2020, and all six programs in our revised season aired 10 days following their original performance date. Links to all available broadcasts on our Soundcloud are listed below.

June 16, 2021 8:00 PM: Musica Sacra-Bach & Purcell

May 19, 2021 8:00 PM: Plus Fours! Handel, Telemann, Locatelli, Vivaldi

May 5, 2021 8:00 PM: Bach's Brandenburg Concertos

April 7, 2021 8:00 PM: Inon Barnatan Plays Mozart

March 10, 2021 8:00 PM: Double Trouble—Bach, Vivaldi & More

February 3, 2021 8:00 PM: Vivaldi's Four Seasons

October 14, 2020 8:00 PM: Telemann's Day of Judgment

October 7, 2020 8:00 PM: War and Peace

September 30, 2020 8:00 PM: Pulpit & Playhouse

September 23, 2020 8:00 PM: The Family Bach

September 16, 2020 8:00 PM: The Grand Tour with Carl Grapentine

September 9, 2020 8:00 PM: Mendelssohn's Elijah

September 2, 2020 8:00 PM: Imogen Cooper Plays Mozart

August 26, 2020 8:00 PM: Monteverdi's Vespers

August 19, 2020 8:00 PM: Handel and the Royals

SPECIAL EVENTS

From virtual gala "Baroque Beautiful," to the midwest premiere of The Chevalier, to Baroque in the Park, here's where you can find all our special events produced in the 2022-2023 season.

The Chevalier (Feb 18-20, 2022)


In partnership with the Kehrein Center for the Arts, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association, North Shore Center for the Arts, and Concert Theatre Works, we presented the Midwest premiere of _The Chevalier_, a concert-theater work about the life and music of 18th-century Black composer Joseph Bologne, also known as The Chevalier de Saint-Georges.

The full production




Merit School of Music Collaboration (Nov 30, 2021)


Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer led students from the Merit School of Music and our principal string players in Handel's Concerto Grosso in G Minor, op. 6, no. 6. The project also included master classes in which our string principals worked closely with the young musicians from Merit.

Rehearsals and interviews




The full performance




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INTERVIEWS

Hear from Music Director Jane Glover and Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer as they go in-depth about Baroque music in our video interview series.

February 19, 2022: A Conversation with Anthony McGill

New York Philharmonic Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill in conversation with Music Director Dame Jane Glover and Executive Director Declan McGovern. McGill made his Music of the Baroque debut as soloist in Mozart's Clarinet Concerto Feb 27 and Feb 28, 2022. The all-Mozart program also includes the Overture to Lucio Silla, which the composer wrote as a teenager, and the late masterpiece Symphony No. 40 in G Minor. For complete details, visit baroque.org/mcgill.



July 23, 2021: Sir Simon Rattle in Conversation with Nicholas Kraemer (Part III)

In the third and final episode of these conversations between Sir Simon Rattle and his good friend Nicholas Kraemer, Sir Simon discusses a particularly memorable performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and his wife, Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená. Nicholas talks about his audition piece for MOB twenty years ago: Handel’s Dixit Dominus, a work he has performed with the ensemble three times since as principal guest conductor. A memorable family trip to Venezuela rounds off the program and the series.


July 16, 2021: Sir Simon Rattle in Conversation with Nicholas Kraemer (Part II)

In the second of three installments, Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer and Sir Simon Rattle discuss the influence of period instruments and styles on Baroque performances using modern instruments. Plus, the day that famous Austrian conductor Herbert von Karajan slammed the phone down on Maestro Rattle!


July 9, 2021: Sir Simon Rattle in Conversation with Nicholas Kraemer (Part I)

In the first of three installments, Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer chats with his old friend Sir Simon Rattle about how they met, their Baroque idols, and more.


SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 7:00 PM: A conversation with John Eliot Gardiner and Jane Glover Pt 3/3

The final installment of a three-part interview with Music Director Jane Glover, esteemed conductor and Bach scholar John Eliot Gardiner, and radio personality Carl Grapentine. Topics under discussion this week include why Bach didn't compose operas, why each wrote their respective book, and the surprises about Bach and Handel they uncovered along the way.


SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 7:00 PM: A conversation with John Eliot Gardiner and Jane Glover Pt 2/3

Enjoy the second installment of a three-part interview with Music Director Jane Glover, esteemed conductor and Bach scholar John Eliot Gardiner, and radio personality Carl Grapentine. Topics under discussion this week include their favorite works by Bach and Handel, unique insights into the composers' personalities, and much more.


SEPTEMBER 4, 2020 7:00 PM: A conversation with John Eliot Gardiner and Jane Glover Pt 1/3

Carl Grapentine interviews the internationally renowned Baroque specialist John Eliot Gardiner about his book on Bach (Music in the Castle of Heaven), and Music Director Jane Glover about her book on Handel (Handel in London).


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