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This summer and fall, Music of the Baroque is going virtual! Below is the full schedule of events. All broadcasts will be on 98.7/WFMT, and interviews and presentations will be added on the days specified below. For up-to-date information, join our email list

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

AUGUST 21, 2020: A conversation with Nicholas Kraemer Pt 1/2

MOB’s Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer, in conversation with Executive Director Declan McGovern about his career in music. Music excerpts include MOB performances of Bach’s St. John Passion, Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, and Handel’s Dixit Dominus.

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

AUGUST 28, 2020 7:00 PM: A conversation with Nicholas Kraemer Pt 2/2

Enjoy the final installment of a two-part interview with Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer. This week, learn how Chicago musicians differ from their London colleagues, what makes Nicholas's approach to Messiah and the Brandenburg Concertos special, and what he misses about Chicago.

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

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).

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

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

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 23, 2020 8:00 PM: The Family Bach

SEPTEMBER 25, 2020 7:00 PM: Jane Glover on Bach's Mass in B Minor (new recording release)

Music Director Jane Glover previews the first in a series of four new recordings of the great choral works by JS Bach: his monumental Mass in B Minor, recorded at the start of the 2019-20 season, now available for purchase. Digital download coming soon!

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

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

October 9, 2020 7:00 PM: Handel's Coronation Anthems

Music Director Jane Glover introduces Handel’s Coronation Anthems Nos. 1, 4, and 3, filmed at the start of the 2018-19 season.


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

October 16, 2020 7:00 PM: Mozart's Requiem

Music Director Jane Glover introduces Mozart's Requiem, filmed at the start of the 2018-19 season.


October 23, 2020 7:00 PM: Baroque Beautiful—An At-Home Gala

Enjoy a special live music event featuring members of our chorus, orchestra, and soloists, a special welcome from Music Director Jane Glover and Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer, a performance by Baroque pianist Angela Hewitt--and a few other surprises.


November 29, 2020 7:30 PM: A Baroque Thanksgiving

An hour-long virtual concert featuring solo and chamber performances by members of our ensemble, including Gina DiBello in an unaccompanied sonata by Bach and Katelyn Lee, Barbara Butler, and Stephen Alltop in Handel's "Let the bright Seraphim" from the oratorio Samson. Executive Director Declan McGovern provides colorful commentary from surprise locations in downtown Chicago. For program information and performer bios, visit baroque.org/thanksgivingprogram.


December 4, 2020 7:00 PM: Handel: Composer & Businessman (Part I)

Jane Glover, author of Handel in London, talks to Declan McGovern about George Frideric Handel, the German composer who made London his home, befriending royalty, and excelling as an impresario and businessman and the most outstanding composer of his day. In Part I, Glover discusses Handel's early years, the source of his business acumen, his time in Italy, and the impetus behind his move to London.

December 11, 2020 7:00 PM: Handel: Composer & Businessman (Part II)

Jane Glover, author of Handel in London, talks to Declan McGovern about George Frideric Handel, the German composer who made London his home, befriending royalty, and excelling as an impresario and businessman and the most outstanding composer of his day. In Part II, Glover discusses Handel's opera and oratorio composition, his business dealings, and his life and legacy.