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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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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

  • Harris Theater for Music and Dance (map)
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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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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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Haymarket Opera Company presents Haydn's L'isola disabitata Haymarket Opera Company presents Haydn's L'isola disabitata
Sep
18
3:00 PM15:00

Haymarket Opera Company presents Haydn's L'isola disabitata Haymarket Opera Company presents Haydn's L'isola disabitata

Kimberly McCord who was a show-stopper as Juno in last spring's La Calisto, and Suzanne Lommler who chewed the scenery in the 2015 production of Amadigi di Gaula both return to Haymarket Opera Company in their season opener.  They are joined by Chicago Fringe Opera's Scott Brunscheen and certified Barihunk™ Jonathan Beyer.  Haymarket shows are costumed by the amazing Meriem Bahri, which is usually enough reason to attend.

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Haymarket Opera Company presents Haydn's L'isola disabitata
Sep
17
5:00 PM17:00

Haymarket Opera Company presents Haydn's L'isola disabitata

Kimberly McCord who was a show-stopper as Juno in last spring's La Calisto, and Suzanne Lommler who chewed the scenery in the 2015 production of Amadigi di Gaula both return to Haymarket Opera Company in their season opener.  They are joined by Chicago Fringe Opera's Scott Brunscheen and certified Barihunk™ Jonathan Beyer.  Haymarket shows are costumed by the amazing Meriem Bahri, which is usually enough reason to attend.

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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
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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Music of the Baroque presents Hear My Prayer - Great Purcell Anthems
Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

Music of the Baroque presents Hear My Prayer - Great Purcell Anthems

Star of the Early Music universe Paul Agnew whose affiliations include Tallis Scholars, The Sixteen, and Les Arts Florissants guest conducts Music of the Baroque in anthems and instrumental sonatas of Henry Purcell. 

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VOX 3 Collective presents Fairytales & Folklore - Myth and Fairytale in song
Apr
24
3:00 PM15:00

VOX 3 Collective presents Fairytales & Folklore - Myth and Fairytale in song

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A free event at Petty Auditorium | Skokie Public Library featuring VOX3 Collective's deep roster of talent in a program exploring mythology and fairytale in song.

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The Rose Ensemble at Rockefeller Chapel - Land of Three Faiths:  Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims
Apr
21
7:30 PM19:30

The Rose Ensemble at Rockefeller Chapel - Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims

A tour de force early music ensemble based in St. Paul, MN makes a tour stop in Hyde Park with a program that has been in their repertoire for many years "Land of Three Faiths."

The program is described as a haunting, beautiful, and poetic mixture of cultures and music styles performed in six languages and combining Western European ideas and Arabic Classical traditions.  

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

Chicago Master Singers presents Agnus Dei

  • Divine 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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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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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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