Music of the Baroque

Timeless works, boundless passion, superb artistry & high-energy concerts characterize
mob_2016_logo_gold “One of Chicago’s musical glories.”
Opera News

“Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra may be the big guys on the local classical music scene, but in term of sheer quality of performance…Music of the Baroque inhabits the same stratosphere.”
Chicago Sun-Times

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motb-janeOne of the few groups of its stature in the country devoted to the performance of eighteenth-century works, Music of the Baroque is consistently positioned among Chicago’s leading classical music groups. Under the direction of internationally acclaimed British conductor Jane Glover, Music of the Baroque has presented Chicago audiences with premier and revival presentations of early masterpieces, drawing particular praise for its performances of the major choral works of J. S. Bach and Handel.

An age of innovation and invention, the Baroque era sparked the creation of history’s great musical genres – opera concertos, cantatas, oratorios, and even the symphony. Join Music of the Baroque and Music Director Jane Glover as well as the Music of the Baroque Chorus and Orchestra for their 2018-19 season, full of inspiration.

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The Mozart Requiem
Sunday, September 16 at 3pm

Left unfinished at his death, Mozart’s Requiem is legendary. Jane Glover leads opera superstars Amanda Majeski and Eric Owens in this profoundly moving meditation on the endurance of genius and life’s fragility. Handel’s Coronation Anthems showcase the Music of the Baroque Chorus, “one of Chicago’s musical glories” (Opera News).

MOZART | Requiem
HANDEL | Coronation Anthem No. 1, “Zadok the Priest”
HANDEL | Coronation Anthem No. 3, “The King Shall Rejoice”
HANDEL | Coronation Anthem No. 4, “My Heart is Inditing”

Jane Glover, conductor
Amanda Majeski, soprano
Daniela Mack, mezzo-soprano
Jonas Hacker, tenor
Eric Owens, bass-baritone


The Four Seasons
Sunday, November 4 at 7:30pm

The natural world springs to life in a beautifully evocative Baroque orchestral program. Nicholas Kraemer leads Vivaldi’s iconic Four Seasons with concertmaster Gina DiBello, a “superb musician” (Chicago Classical Review). Telemann pays homage to rivers in the fanciful and humorous Wassermusik, while Rameau’s Suite from Platée tells of a water nymph’s amorous escapades.

VIVALDI | The Four Seasons
TELEMANN | Wassermusik
RAMEAU | Suite from Platée

Music of the Baroque Orchestra
Nicholas Kraemer, conductor
Gina DiBello, violin


The Christmas Oratorio
Sunday, November 25 at 7:30pm

From the heaven-storming timpani of the opening chorus, the Christmas story unfolds in dramatic narrative, moving arias, and inspiring chorales—performed with the power and passion Music of the Baroque always brings to Bach’s great choral works.

 

Music of the Baroque Orchestra and Chorus
Jane Glover, conductor
Yulia Van Doren, soprano
Elizabeth DeShong, mezzo-soprano
Thomas Cooley, tenor
Tyler Duncan, baritone


Hewitt Plays Mozart
Sunday, January 27 at 7:30pm

Pianist Angela Hewitt, whom the New York Times calls “an artist of consummate technical skill and refinement,” makes her Music of the Baroque debut in Mozart’s shimmering Piano Concerto No. 27—the very last he wrote. The masterful “Gran Partita” for winds completes a program that shows why Maurice Ravel called Mozart “the greatest musician…our god.”

MOZART
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major
Serenade No. 10 in B-flat Major (Gran Partita)

Music of the Baroque Orchestra
Jane Glover, conductor
Angela Hewitt, piano


The Grand Tour
Sunday, March 3 at 3pm

A “gap year” is in vogue today—and it was in the 17th and 18th centuries, too. Harry Bicket, Baroque specialist and artistic director of The English Concert, leads a lively musical reenactment of the grand European tour of young nobles and aristocrats, from London and Versailles to Venice and Munich.

 

HANDEL | Concerto grosso, op. 3, no. 2
CORELLI | Concerto grosso, op 6, no. 4
VIVALDI/GEMINIANI | La folia
DALL’ABACO | Concerto in D major, op. 5, no. 6
RAMEAU | Suite from Les Boreades

Music of the Baroque Orchestra
Harry Bicket, conductor


Hot Coffee—Bach & Haydn
Sunday, March 31 at 3pm

Jane Glover serves up a rich brew of Bach and Haydn, including Bach’s delightfully whimsical Coffee Cantata with soprano Joélle Harvey and energetic Orchestral Suite No. 2. Two symphonies by Haydn—the crackling Fire and the contemplative Philosopher—add a dash of Classical flavor.

 

HAYDN | Symphony No. 59 in A Major (Fire)
BACH | Orchestral Suite No. 2
HAYDN | Symphony No. 22 in E-flat Major (The Philosopher)
BACH | Coffee Cantata

Music of the Baroque Orchestra
Jane Glover, conductor
Joélle Harvey, soprano
Josh Lovell, tenor
Neal Davies, baritone


Pulpit & Playhouse
Bach, Handel, Purcell
Sunday, May 12 at 7:30pm

Whether written for the chapel or crafted for the stage, Baroque music goes hand in hand with theater. Nicholas Kraemer leads Handel’s thrilling Dixit Dominus and Bach’s impassioned Cantata 131, “Out of the depths / I call, Lord, to you.” Excerpts from Purcell’s Fairy Queen, a perfect marriage of poetry and dance, round out a night of musical drama.

BACH | Cantata 131, “Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir”
PURCELL | Excerpts from The Fairy Queen
ALBINONI | Concerto in G Major for 2 oboes and strings
HANDEL | Dixit Dominus

Music of the Baroque Chorus and Orchestra
Nicholas Kraemer, conductor
Anne Bach, oboe
Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
Véronique Filloux, soprano