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Welcome to We Baroque the Internet, Music of the Baroque's home for virtual content produced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click below to view past events by category. For up-to-date information on future interviews and presentations, join our email list.


Current Concerts

Announcing our 2021-2022 Season

Music Director Dame Jane Glover shares the exciting details of our upcoming 51st season, beginning in September 2021. We can't wait to see you in person!


Baroque Notes

Enhance your enjoyment of Music of the Baroque concerts with "Baroque Notes," our pre-concert lecture series, beginning January 2021.

June 2021: Musica Sacra—Bach & Purcell

In the final installment of our "Baroque Notes" series of pre-concert lectures, program annotator Jennifer More discusses Bach's Cantata No. 82 and Cantata No. 51 as well as the instrumental form of Henry Purcell's two In nomines in preparation for the performance on Sunday, June 6, 2021 from Faith, Hope, and Charity Church in Winnetka.


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May 2021: "What is Continuo?" - An MOB virtual soirée featuring Nicholas Kraemer

Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer explains the important role of the continuo group in Baroque music, including how the foundational unit of harpsichord, theorbo, and cello support and drive the ensemble in Baroque performance. Members of the MOB orchestra, directed by Nicholas, perform excerpts from Baroque works by Handel and Bach in this illustrated talk. Note: this presentation also serves as the pre-concert lecture for the performance of "Plus Fours! Handel, Telemann, Locatelli, Vivaldi" on Sunday, May 9, 2021.


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April 2021: Bach's Brandenburg Concertos

The fourth installment in Music of the Baroque's "Baroque Notes" series of preconcert lectures. Program annotator Jennifer More discusses Bach's Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3, 5, & 6 in preparation for the performance on Monday, April 26, 2021, featuring the Music of the Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Principal Guest Conductor Nicholas Kraemer.


March 2021: Barnatan Plays Mozart

Program annotator Jennifer More discusses Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 14, Symphony No. 29, and Handel's "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" from Solomon and Concerto grosso in A Minor, op. 6., no. 4 in preparation for the performance on Monday, March 29, 2021, featuring the Music of the Baroque Orchestra and pianist Inon Barnatan under the direction of Dame Jane Glover.


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February 2021: "Double Trouble-Bach, Vivaldi & More"

Program annotator Jennifer More discusses Bach's Concerto for 2 Violins, Vivaldi's Concerto for 2 Violins, and grand concertos by Corelli and Handel in preparation for the performance on Sunday, February 28, 2021, featuring the Music of the Baroque Orchestra and soloists/co-directors Kathleen Brauer and Kevin Case.


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January 2021: Vivaldi's Four Seasons

Program annotator Jennifer More discusses Vivaldi's Four Seasons in preparation for the performance on Sunday, January 24, 2021, featuring the Music of the Baroque Orchestra and concertmaster Gina DiBello. CW: flashing lights, noise (2:25-28)


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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 will air 10 days following their original performance date. Links to all available broadcasts on our Soundcloud are listed below.

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

Performances

From our September 2018 performances of Handel's Coronation Anthems and the Mozart Requiem to our virtual gala "Baroque Beautiful," to special performances by the MOB Chorus and Brass Ensemble, here's where you can find all our performances released in 2020.

The MOB Chorus sings the Te Deum

The MOB Brass Ensemble presents Gabrieli's Canzona septimi toni à 8


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.


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.


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 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.


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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.

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.


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.


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 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).


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.


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.





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