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Rush Hour Concerts presents Third Coast Baroque
Jun
27
5:45 PM17:45

Rush Hour Concerts presents Third Coast Baroque

In their first season, Third Coast Baroque has established themselves as one of the premiere early music bands – both stylish and highly skilled. If you haven't had a chance to experience this fantastic new ensemble, check out this FREE concert. 

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Les Arts Florissants by Vox 3 Collective
Feb
19
4:00 PM16:00

Les Arts Florissants by Vox 3 Collective

In celebration of their 10th anniversary season, VOX 3 Collective returns to Early Music at the Barn with a concert version of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s chamber opera Les Arts Florissants. Art, Architecture, Poetry, and Music ally with Peace to chase Discord back to Hades in this sumptuous French baroque confection. Harpsichordist Jason Moy heads up the complement of stylish instruments. Theater and ode music of Henry Purcell round out the lovely selections included in this 17th century fête.

Performers include:

Mary Lutz-Govertsen (La Paix)
Laura Pinto (La Musique)
David Govertsen (La Discorde)
Elizabeth Shuman (La Poésie)
Melissa Arning (L'Architecture)
Josh Pritchett (La Peinture)
Pete Wesoloski (Un Guerrier)
with William Bouvel, Oliver Camacho, Eugenia Cheng, and Chungers Kim.

Brandon Acker, theorbo

Tickets are $20, available by cash or check only at the door. Seating will be on a first come, first-served basis.

www.vox3.org

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DISCOUNT FOR VAC READERS on Joyce DiDonato with Il Pomo D'oro - In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music
Dec
9
7:30 PM19:30

DISCOUNT FOR VAC READERS on Joyce DiDonato with Il Pomo D'oro - In War & Peace: Harmony Through Music

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THE EVENT of the season.  Queen D in a customized baroque showcase.  
VAC readers enjoy a limited-time discount - find the promotional code inside.

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Chicago Choral Artists debut at Chicago Temple - The Story of Jonah
Oct
22
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago Choral Artists debut at Chicago Temple - The Story of Jonah

Chicago Choral Artists makes its debut at Chicago Temple with a sacred program about sacrifice and redemption, the centerpiece of which is the fine Italian baroque oratorio Historia Jonae by Giacomo Carissimi. Also on the program, an epic anthem by Gerald FInzi - "Lo, the full, final sacrifice," perfect for a choral ensemble of this size; and a vehicle for  CCA baritone Douglas Anderson, Bach's cantata 158 -Der Friede sei mit dir.

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The Bach + Beethoven Ensemble present The Gentle Shepherd
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

The Bach + Beethoven Ensemble present The Gentle Shepherd

A Scottish Folk Opera presented by the stylish and youthful Bach and Beethoven Ensemble on period instruments.  The cast includes mezzo-soprano Lindsey Adams, (Endymion in Haymarket Opera's La Calisto) and soprano Alexandra Olsavsky (Artemisia vocal trio)

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The Bach + Beethoven Ensemble present The Gentle Shepherd
Sep
24
8:00 PM20:00

The Bach + Beethoven Ensemble present The Gentle Shepherd

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A Scottish Folk Opera presented by the stylish and youthful Bach and Beethoven Ensemble on period instruments.  The cast includes mezzo-soprano Lindsey Adams, (Endymion in Haymarket Opera's La Calisto) and soprano Alexandra Olsavsky (Artemisia vocal trio)

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Opus 327 presents Bella Voce & Ars Antigua - Henry Purcell's Hail! Bright Cecilia
Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

Opus 327 presents Bella Voce & Ars Antigua - Henry Purcell's Hail! Bright Cecilia

One of the finest of the Purcell odes with the delightful arias "Thou tun'st this world" and "Wondrous machine!" performed by Chicago's premiere chamber choir Bella Voce and period instrument band Ars Antigua conducted by Andrew Lewis.  

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The Pleasures of Love: Baroque and Renaissance Lute Songs
Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

The Pleasures of Love: Baroque and Renaissance Lute Songs

There are few events on this calendar more beautiful or ideal than Brandon Acker accompanying a singer in an intimate setting.  When the singers are Erica Schuller -one of the premiere early music specialists in the city and a dazzling performer to boot, and the inimitable Ryan de Ryke - then you have a very special concert.  With Jeremy Ward, bowed bass, a collaborator who brings a lot of personality to every performance.

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Haymarket Opera Company presents La Calisto
May
8
2:00 PM14:00

Haymarket Opera Company presents La Calisto

For nearly 300 years, Cavalli’s operas lay hidden from lovers of music and drama, but his genius was rediscovered in the 20th century. The next opera up for Haymarket is Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto, the perfect meeting of music and drama. Written in 1651 to a libretto by Giovanni Faustini, one of the first professional librettists in the history of opera, La Calisto spices up Ovid’s Metamorphosesmyth of Jove's love for the beautiful nymph Calisto, a follower of the chaste goddess Diana. She refuses him in his manly appearance, but succumbs to his wooing after he disguises himself as Diana. When Jove’s wife Juno learns of his trickery and their affair, she punishes Calisto by turning her into a bear. Faustini’s libretto weaves in hilarious subplots which inspired some of Cavalli’s most lyrical and inventive music. HOC’s production features a cast of ten, our acclaimed chamber orchestra, gorgeous costumes, and a whimsical stage set. And to accommodate our growing audience, for the first time we’ll be performing at Chicago’s oldest continuously operating off-Loop theatre, the Athenaeum in Lincoln Park.

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Haymarket Opera Company presents La Calisto
May
6
7:30 PM19:30

Haymarket Opera Company presents La Calisto

For nearly 300 years, Cavalli’s operas lay hidden from lovers of music and drama, but his genius was rediscovered in the 20th century. The next opera up for Haymarket is Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto, the perfect meeting of music and drama. Written in 1651 to a libretto by Giovanni Faustini, one of the first professional librettists in the history of opera, La Calisto spices up Ovid’s Metamorphosesmyth of Jove's love for the beautiful nymph Calisto, a follower of the chaste goddess Diana. She refuses him in his manly appearance, but succumbs to his wooing after he disguises himself as Diana. When Jove’s wife Juno learns of his trickery and their affair, she punishes Calisto by turning her into a bear. Faustini’s libretto weaves in hilarious subplots which inspired some of Cavalli’s most lyrical and inventive music. HOC’s production features a cast of ten, our acclaimed chamber orchestra, gorgeous costumes, and a whimsical stage set. And to accommodate our growing audience, for the first time we’ll be performing at Chicago’s oldest continuously operating off-Loop theatre, the Athenaeum in Lincoln Park.

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Bach Week Festival presents BWV 21 "Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis" featuring Rosalind Lee
May
6
7:30 AM07:30

Bach Week Festival presents BWV 21 "Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis" featuring Rosalind Lee

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Bach Week Festival Orchestra and Chorus & North Park University Chamber Singers  present this beloved cantata featuring soloists Rosalind Lee, William Watson, and Will Liverman with guest conductor Julia Davids in a program that also includes Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080

Rosalind Lee recently made a very strong impression with her appealing tone quality and regal stage presence in the Haymarket Opera spring presentation of Stradella's  St John the Baptist.  The editor of Vocal Arts Chicago is excited to hear more from this artist.

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Chicago Master Singers presents Agnus Dei
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Chicago Master Singers presents Agnus Dei

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The spring concert will bring to life sacred masterpieces from Europe and America spanning five centuries. The a cappella program will include works of composers ranging from the late-Renaissance and early-Baroque Dutch composer J.P. Sweelinck to contemporary Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo.

Beautiful sacred works from the romantic era by Liszt, Brahms and Schubert will be sung, featuring Liszt’s stunning Missa Choralis (Choral Mass). Twentieth-century compositions will include Samuel Barber’s setting of the Agnus Dei, a choral transcription of his immortal Adagio for Strings, and works by Hugo Adler and Robert Starer.

Two of Chicago Master Singers’ favorite contemporary composers are Stephen Paulus and Ola Gjeilo. The concert will feature Paulus’s haunting Hymn to the Eternal Flame, from his oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn, composed in 2005 to commemorate the children lost in the Holocaust. Gjeilo’s works on the program include his recent setting of Ave Maria titled “Second Eve” and his Agnus Dei, subtitled “Phoenix.”

Free pre-concert lecture by music critic Dorothy Andries one hour before each performance

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Chicago Master Singers presents Agnus Dei
Apr
15
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago Master Singers presents Agnus Dei

  • Devine World Chapel at Techny Towers (map)
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The spring concert will bring to life sacred masterpieces from Europe and America spanning five centuries. The a cappella program will include works of composers ranging from the late-Renaissance and early-Baroque Dutch composer J.P. Sweelinck to contemporary Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo.

Beautiful sacred works from the romantic era by Liszt, Brahms and Schubert will be sung, featuring Liszt’s stunning Missa Choralis (Choral Mass). Twentieth-century compositions will include Samuel Barber’s setting of the Agnus Dei, a choral transcription of his immortal Adagio for Strings, and works by Hugo Adler and Robert Starer.

Two of Chicago Master Singers’ favorite contemporary composers are Stephen Paulus and Ola Gjeilo. The concert will feature Paulus’s haunting Hymn to the Eternal Flame, from his oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn, composed in 2005 to commemorate the children lost in the Holocaust. Gjeilo’s works on the program include his recent setting of Ave Maria titled “Second Eve” and his Agnus Dei, subtitled “Phoenix.”

Free pre-concert lecture by music critic Dorothy Andries one hour before each performance.

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The Newberry Consort presents Juan de Lienas Vespers
Apr
10
3:00 PM15:00

The Newberry Consort presents Juan de Lienas Vespers

Very Early Music.  Girl Power.  The Newberry Consort reassembles their stylish all-female band of singer and instrumentalists, the Celestial Sirens, including  early music diva Ellen Hargis and the amazing Salome Sandoval, soprano, lutenist, and guitarist.

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CCPA presents Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea
Apr
10
3:00 PM15:00

CCPA presents Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea

Chicago College of the Performing Arts offers a free performance of Monteverdi's groundbreaking opera - the Game of Thrones of its time.  Stage direction by Chicago Opera Theater's Andrew Eggert. Musical direction by Baroque Band's Garry Clarke and director of CCPA's diploma program in opera, Scott Gilmore. 

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The Newberry Consort presents Juan de Lienas Vespers
Apr
9
8:00 PM20:00

The Newberry Consort presents Juan de Lienas Vespers

Very Early Music.  Girl Power.  The Newberry Consort reassembles their stylish all-female band of singer and instrumentalists, the Celestial Sirens, including  early music diva Ellen Hargis and the amazing Salome Sandoval, soprano, lutenist, and guitarist.

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CCPA presents Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea
Apr
9
7:30 PM19:30

CCPA presents Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea

Chicago College of the Performing Arts offers a free performance of Monteverdi's groundbreaking opera - the Game of Thrones of its time.  Stage direction by Chicago Opera Theater's Andrew Eggert. Musical direction by Baroque Band's Garry Clarke and director of CCPA's diploma program in opera, Scott Gilmore.  Featuring countertenor Ee Ming Chua as the emperor Nero and Icelandic soprano Valdis  Grergory as his spurned wife Ottavia.

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The Newberry Consort presents Juan de Lienas Vespers
Apr
8
8:00 PM20:00

The Newberry Consort presents Juan de Lienas Vespers

Very Early Music.  Girl Power.  The Newberry Consort reassembles their stylish all-female band of singer and instrumentalists, the Celestial Sirens, including  early music diva Ellen Hargis and the amazing Salome Sandoval, soprano, lutenist, and guitarist.

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Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble presents Purcell's Dido & Aeneas
Apr
6
7:30 PM19:30

Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble presents Purcell's Dido & Aeneas

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Mark Morris Dance Group returns to Chicago with one of their signature productions - a timeless fully choreographed interpretation of a masterpiece baroque opera.  You will not be able to take your eyes off of the stage.  There is not an event this season that is more exciting than this.  A must see.

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Harris Theater Gala Performance: Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble presents Purcell's Dido and Aeneas
Apr
5
8:00 PM20:00

Harris Theater Gala Performance: Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble presents Purcell's Dido and Aeneas

Mark Morris Dance Group returns to Chicago with one of their signature productions - a timeless fully choreographed interpretation of a masterpiece baroque opera.  You will not be able to take your eyes off of the stage.  There is not an event this season that is more exciting than this.  A must see.

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This is a gala performance with a chance to meet the artists. Cocktail attire recommended.

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Music of the Baroque presents tenor Thomas Cooley with pianist Jory Vinikour in recital
Apr
5
7:30 PM19:30

Music of the Baroque presents tenor Thomas Cooley with pianist Jory Vinikour in recital

Music of the Baroque's Artist in residence and baroque specialist tenor Thomas Cooley paired with internationally acclaimed keyboardist Jory Vinikour in a rare and intimate recital of songs from Bach to Britten.

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Music of the Baroque presents Claudio Monteverdi - 1610 Vespers
Apr
1
7:30 PM19:30

Music of the Baroque presents Claudio Monteverdi - 1610 Vespers

Monteverdi specialist Jane Glover leads a breezy and focused interpretation of one of the benchmark works of the early 17th century with an all-star line up of singers including local favorite Yulia van Doren, soprano.

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