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 1   Early Music / Chicago Area Early Music / Oak Park Concert Chorale Renaissance Jewels  Mar 5th, 2017, 8:41pm 
Started by Linda Nelson | Last post by Linda Nelson
Linda Nelson
Oak Park Concert Chorale
924 N. Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302 - 1324
Phone: 708-383-4742
[email protected]
Oak Park Concert Chorale, Paul Lindblad, Director, Proudly Presents
Renaissance Jewels
Oak Park, IL, - February 21, 2017 -  The Oak Park Concert Chorale (OPCC), conducted by director Paul Lindblad, will present Renaissance Jewels on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm, at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division Street, River Forest, IL. General Admission is $18 in advance and $20 at the door; Seniors (age 65+)/Students (age 13+) are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Children age 12 and under are free. Group Rates are available. To order tickets, call 708.848.2130 or email [email protected] For more information or to order tickets online, visit our website at www.OakParkConcertChorale.org.
The Oak Park Concert Chorale Spring Concert features Late Renaissance choral gems from England, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. Highlights include Johann Staden’s rarely heard Magnificat and the world premiere of Four Mother Goose Rhymes by OPCC’s composer-in-residence Michael Wolniakowski. Please join us for this evening of sparkling renaissance music.
About Oak Park Concert Chorale: One of the Midwest's leading choral ensembles featuring both a cappella and accompanied performances, the Chorale is comprised of a diverse group of individuals and performs in and around Oak Park, Illinois. Led by Director Paul Lindblad, the Chorale offers highly artistic performances of varied and exciting choral music.
About Paul Lindblad: Paul Lindblad received his undergraduate degree in Music Education and a Master's Degree in Church Music from Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois. Mr. Lindblad earned a Kodály Certificate from Silver Lake College, Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He has studied with Paul Christiansen, world famous choral conductor; and Katinka Daniel, International Kodály music education specialist. Mr. Lindblad has done extensive studies in organ performance, vocal technique, and conducting under the mentorships of Victor Hildner and Douglas Neslund. Mr. Lindblad currently conducts the Oak Park Concert Chorale and St. John Choristers (previously Paul Lindblad Choristers).
He is the Director of Liturgics at St. John Lutheran Church in Forest Park, the music teacher at Walther Christian Academy in Melrose Park, and is the former Choirmaster at St. Gregory Episcopal Boychoir School in Chicago.
About Michael Wolniakowski: Chicago-native Michael Wolniakowski (b. 1974) is a conductor, composer, editor, and founder of themwgroup, a non-profit, global creative-catalyst agency. His vision is a magnet for organizations and individuals attracting a diverse, like-minded consortium that challenge many brands in the professional music area. In addition to the Composer-in-Residence position, he is a full-time composer, teacher, vocal coach, and General Editor for tempo 1˚ press.  Michael studied music education, organ, and composition at Concordia University Chicago and published his first work while still an undergraduate. His graduate work in choral conducting and composition was completed at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and his post-graduate work in composition and creative orchestral transcription was completed at the Royal College of Music in London. Wolniakowski has served as continuo player for works by J.S. Bach, including a great deal of the cantata literature. He has been soloist for performances of rarely-performed music of Bach including the concerto for two and three harpsichords. Composers and singers whom Michael coaches have won top prizes in national competitions in the US.  As a singer, he has toured with the Ionian Singers (London, UK) throughout central London and the Northern Jutland area of Denmark. The chorus was featured at several music festivals along the Saeby Sea with concerts broadcast live on Danish National Radio. Additionally, Michael has sung under influential conductors including Bob Chilcott, Timothy Salter, and Paul Spicer.
Calendar Editors, Please Note:
[Category: Performing Arts / Music / Classical Music]
Oak Park Concert Chorale presents Renaissance Jewels
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 4:00 pm
Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 Division Street, River Forest, IL
General Admission is $18 in advance and $20 at the door; Seniors (age 65+)/Students (age 13+) are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Children age 12 and younger are free. Group discounts are available.
To order tickets, call 708.848.2130 or email [email protected]
For more information or to order tickets online, visit our website at www.OakParkConcertChorale.org
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 2   Early Music / Chicago Area Early Music / Duo Sonidos Bach Week Benefit Concert  Feb 24th, 2017, 7:26am 
Started by Nate Silverman | Last post by Nate Silverman
Bach Week Festival  
1555 Sherman Ave. Ste. 312
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 269-9050 (General inquiries)  
(800) 838-3006 (Tickets) www.bachweek.org
For Immediate Release
Attn: Events Calendar Editors/Benefits
Duo Sonidos to Headline
Bach Week Benefit March 19
in Historic Evanston Mansion
thingytail reception, hors d’oeuvres, and music of Bach,
Handel, Corelli, and Piazzolla at Dawes House
Editor: For interviews and photos, contact Nat Silverman, [email protected] or (847) 328-4292, or download hi-res images directly from Dropbox: http://bit.ly/Bach-Week-Hauskonzert-Pix
EVANSTON, Ill., Feb. 19, 2017 —  Chamber ensemble Duo Sonidos, comprising guitarist Adam Levin, a native of Chicago’s North Shore, and violinist William Knuth, will entertain guests at the Sunday, March 19, “Hauskonzert” (house concert) fundraiser for the Evanston-based Bach Week Festival.
The benefit event also celebrates the March 21 birthday of the festival’s namesake, German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750).
The Hauskonzert will take place at the Charles G. Dawes House, 225 Greenwood, St., Evanston. The late-19th-century National Historic Landmark was the home of U.S. Vice President Charles Gates Dawes and now houses the Evanston History Center.
The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with a thingytail reception and light hors d'oeuvres, followed by a 6 p.m. concert.
“This performance takes us back to the age of salon concerts,” guitarist Levin says. “A laugh, a drink, a walk in the park.”
The music program will include the Sarabande/Double and Tempo di Bourée/Double movements from J. S. Bach’s Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002; George Frideric Handel’s Sonata No. 4 in D Major, Op. 1/13; Arcangelo Corelli’s Sonata No. 12 in D Minor, “La Follia,” Op. 5/12; and two movements from Astor Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango, “Café 1930” and “Nightclub 1960.” The Handel and Corelli works were transcribed for Duo Sonidos by Allen Krantz.
“The repertoire for the event was selected not only to celebrate Bach's legacy, but to celebrate those key figures of the same era who made significant contributions,” Levin says. “In this instance, Handel and Corelli.”
Levin says that while 20th-century Argentinian composer Piazzolla is a “distant relative of the Baroque period,” his music likewise evokes “a different world. He did for the tango what Andrés Segovia did for the classical guitar.”
Based in Boston, Mass., and Madrid, Spain, Duo Sonidos has been expanding the repertoire for its unusual pairing of violin and guitar by commissioning entirely new works and creating new arrangements.  The ensemble won first prize at the 2010 Luys Milan International Chamber Music Competition in Valencia, Spain.
Levin (pronounced LEV-in) and Knuth (pronounced kah-NOOTH) have performed throughout the United States and Europe and have been honored as US Fulbright Scholars in the field of music performance in Madrid, Spain, and Vienna, Austria, respectively. In January 2011 Knuth and Levin were featured artists on the Chicago WFMT radio program “Live from Mayne Stage.”
Levin has been praised by renowned American guitarist, Eliot Fisk as a “virtuoso guitarist and a true 21st century renaissance man with the élan, intelligence, charm, tenacity, and conviction to change the world.” Knuth studied with Nicholas Kitchen of the famed Borromeo Quartet and has performed at California’s Ojai Festival as a member of Signal Ensemble, working with Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, Philip Glass, and other composers.
Hauskonzert master of ceremonies will be Bach Week’s music director Richard Webster, who has led the festival since 1975 and performed in and helped organize the 1974 inaugural festival in Evanston. He is currently director of music and organist at Boston's historic Trinity Church on Copley Square.
North Shore residents on Bach Week’s Hauskonzert planning committee include Evanstonians Michael Coleman, Melissa Trier Kirk, Judith Kulb, Naida Lodgaard, Mary Mumbrue, and Dorothy Scott.
Tickets to the event are $60 per-person general admission and are available online at bachweek.org. For additional information, phone the festival’s office at 847-269-9050.
All proceeds will benefit the 2017 spring festival, which will be its 44th annual installment. Bach Week Festival concerts will be presented April 28 and May 5 at Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston, and May 7 at Anderson Chapel at North Park University, Chicago. The festival is a collaboration between Bach Week and North Park’s School of Music, Art, and Theatre.
A musical rite of spring on the North Shore, Bach Week is one of the Midwest’s premiere Baroque music festivals. The event enlists musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, and other top-tier ensembles, while featuring some of the Chicago area’s finest instrumental and vocal soloists and distinguished guest artists from out of town.
On the Net:
Duo Sonidos: http://www.duosonidos.com
Duo Sonidos: Bach’s Partita No. 1 Sarabande/Double: https://youtu.be/k-KX8WLkfto
Duo Sonidos: Selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Suite: https://youtu.be/yYRAaGCw-i8
Bach Week Festival: http://bachweek.org
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Press information contact:Nat Silverman
Nathan J. Silverman Co. PR
2906 Central St. #250
Evanston, IL 60201-1283
United States
Tel/Fax: 847-328-4292
Email: [email protected]
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 3   Early Music / Chicago Area Early Music / Stile Antico concert  Feb 9th, 2017, 4:44pm 
Started by UofC Presents | Last post by UofC Presents
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 8, 2017
Please visit http://bit.ly/298C36K
Samantha Farmilant
Marketing Coordinator
University of Chicago Presents
[email protected]
CHICAGO – On Friday, March 3rd, 2017, at 7:30 PM, the University of Chicago Presents hosts innovative vocal ensemble Stile Antico at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.
Known as “an ensemble of breathtaking freshness, vitality, and balance” (The New York Times), Stile Antico’s passionate performances of Renaissance era polyphony have led to critical acclaim and numerous awards, such as the Gramophone Award for Early Music. They make their Chicago debut with the music of Catholic composers seeking refuge from Queen Elizabeth’s harsh measures.
The concert will be preceded by a lecture with the artists at 6:30 PM.
This event is supported by UChicago’s Divinity School, The Nicholson Center for British Studies, the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, and Rockefeller Chapel. It is a part of Early Music America’s Early Music Month.
In a Strange Land: Elizabethan Composers in Exile
Music by Peter Phillips, Richard Dering, John Dowland, and William Byrd
6:30 PM pre-concert lecture with the artists
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
$35 / $5 all students (with I.D.)  
Call 773.702.ARTS (773.702.2787) or visit tickets.uchicago.edu
UChicago Arts Box Office, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street
Regular hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 12 pm – 6 pm and through concert intermission;  
1 – 4 pm on concert Sundays.  
Concert information online at chicagopresents.uchicago.edu
Stile Antico is firmly established as one of the world’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Working without a conductor, its twelve members have thrilled audiences throughout Europe and North America with their fresh, vibrant and moving performances of Renaissance polyphony. Its bestselling recordings on the Harmonia Mundi label have earned accolades including the Gramophone Award for Early Music, the Diapason d’or de l’année, the Edison Klassiek Award and the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, and have twice received Grammy® nominations.
Based in London, Stile Antico has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals. The group enjoys a particularly close association with Wigmore Hall, and has appeared at the BBC Proms, Buckingham Palace, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Cité de la Musique, the Palais des Beaux-Arts and the Luxembourg Philharmonie. Stile Antico is frequently invited to perform at Europe’s leading festivals: highlights include the Lucerne Easter Festival, the Rheingau, Schleswig-Holstein and Wrocław Festivals and the Antwerp, Barcelona, Bruges, Granada, Utrecht and York Early Music Festivals.
Since making its critically acclaimed North American debut at the Boston Early Music Festival in 2009, Stile Antico has returned frequently to the US and Canada, performing regularly in Boston and in New York’s Music Before 1800 and Miller Theatre series. Further appearances include Washington’s Library of Congress, the Chan Centre in Vancouver, the Quebec Festival of Sacred Music, at Duke, Michigan and Yale Universities, and in concert series across nineteen US states. In 2010 Stile Antico made its debut at the Cervantino festival in Mexico.
Stile Antico is renowned for the committed and expressive performances that arise from its uniquely collaborative style of working: its members rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing artistically to the musical results. The group is also noted for its intelligent programming, drawing out thematic connections between works to shine new light on Renaissance music. In addition to its core repertoire, Stile Antico has given world premieres of works by John McCabe and Huw Watkins, and recently juxtaposed the music of William Byrd and James MacMillan to great acclaim. Its diverse range of collaborations has included performances with viol consort Fretwork, pianist Marino Fomenti, orchestra B’Rock, and Sting.
Alongside its concert and recording work, Stile Antico is passionate about sharing its repertoire and working style with the widest possible audience, and its masterclasses and workshops are much in demand. The group regularly leads courses at the Dartington International Summer School, is often invited to work alongside ensembles at universities, festivals and early music forums, and is preparing to expand its education work in schools under the auspices of the newly created charitable Stile Antico Foundation.
Stile Antico marks its tenth anniversary with celebratory projects and performances throughout the 2015-6 season. Highlights include a birthday concert at Wigmore Hall, where the group premieres a new work by Nico Muhly, landmark European appearances at the BBC Proms and the Antwerp, Bruges, and Utrecht Early Music Festivals, a collaboration with the Folger Ensemble in Washington DC and New York, and a bursary for young singers in association with the Stile Antico Foundation and the University of York. Harmonia Mundi honours this milestone with the launch of a tenth-anniversary compilation album, Sing with the Voice of Melody, the reissue of the group’s debut, Music for Compline, and the release of its tenth disc, A Wondrous Mystery.
Now in its 73rd year of bringing the world's best artists to Chicago, The University of Chicago Presents offers 23 unique performances in five distinct series in the 2016/17 season, from early music to classical, contemporary, and jazz. This season celebrates the richness that music has to offer with unrivaled musical experiences that bring passion and virtuosity to the stage.
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 4   Early Music / Chicago Area Early Music / EMN Director Retirement, Replacement Search  Dec 6th, 2016, 7:17am 
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Early Music Now Announces Retirement Plans of Director as Search for Replacement Begins
Early Music Now has announced that Executive and Artistic Director Charles Q. Sullivan will retire at the end of the current season, after completing 16 years in that leadership role.
In announcing Sullivan’s pending retirement, Early Music Now’s current Board President, Katherine Lambert, commented that “it was Early Music Now’s great good fortune when Charles Sullivan accepted the position of Executive and Artistic Director in 2001. He brought to the job a unique combination of attributes and experience, including: knowledge of music and its historical context and performance practices; fundraising, business, communications, and administration skills; a wide network of contacts; and a deep understanding of the arts in the Greater Milwaukee area.” That sentiment was echoed by Thallis Hoyt Drake who, with the help of a small group of friends passionate about early music, founded Early Music Now in 1986. Drake said that she is “thrilled that EMN is thriving thirty years on. EMN has grown beyond my wildest dreams, in large part due to Charles Sullivan’s faithful stewardship.”
During Sullivan’s tenure, Early Music Now has presented more than 90 concerts to more than 30,000 Milwaukee area residents, and a wide range of outreach and educational presentations to students and adults of all ages. Critical reviews of the concerts have been consistently enthusiastic, audiences have grown in both size and loyalty, world-class early music ensembles vie for the opportunity to appear in Milwaukee, and the organization is in excellent financial health. “We will greatly miss Charles’ sure and steady hand in leading Early Music Now,” said Lambert. “At the same time, we are so grateful to him for bringing Early Music Now to this position of strength as it looks forward to playing an ever more vibrant role in the cultural diversity of southeast Wisconsin.”
Sullivan has been a force on Milwaukee’s cultural scene since founding the Sullivan Chamber Ensemble in 1971. That semiprofessional collective of singers and instrumentalists produced more than 120 performances before disbanding in 1982, with music ranging from chant to avant-garde, performed by musicians ranging from solo recitalists to full choral/orchestral ensembles. Especially recognized for his creative programming skills, he was the 1978 recipient of the Outstanding Young Artist of the Year Award from the Milwaukee Jaycees.
Sullivan’s educational involvements have reached all levels from kindergarten through master’s programs, including vocal coaching in UWM’s Professional Theatre Training Program in the late 1980s, during which time he also founded the Plymouth Chorale. From 1985 through 1992 he served as Executive Producer/Director of Liturgical Drama at the Cathedral of St. John, alternating performances of the Medieval Play of Daniel with stagings of Benjamin Britten’s “Saint Nicolas.”
Sullivan’s participation in the Milwaukee arts scene has had only one interruption since 1969, the appointment he held as Director of Music for the Catholic Cathedral and Diocese of Columbus (Ohio) from 1992-1999. Throughout his professional life he has been an active leader in music and liturgy positions across multiple religious traditions, in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, and Massachusetts. He currently continues that role as Chapel Musician at St. John’s On The Lake in Milwaukee.
After the conclusion of this season, Sullivan expects to continue his active involvement in the cultural life of the community, including consulting as needed with his successor to facilitate a smooth transition.
Applications are now being accepted for the full-time position of Executive and Artistic Director of Early Music Now, with an anticipated start date of early 2017.  The complete job posting is available at http://ow.ly/zmAB306LpFv
Now celebrating its 30th anniversary season, Early Music Now is the only presenter in Wisconsin, and one of the few in the entire country, to focus exclusively on historically informed, period instrument performances of music composed before 1800. Adding the tagline “Across Borders – Across Time,” in recent seasons EMN has also explored music from non-Western cultures, as well as including both very early and more recent music chosen to create a rich historical context.
Early Music Now is widely regarded in the world of early music as one of the most creative and successful organizations in the United States, enabling it to attract the very finest early music ensembles from around the world. In addition to presenting both established and emerging artists from the North American continent, EMN season programming has included performer/educators from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, England, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Japan, The Netherlands, and Spain.
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 5   Early Music / Chicago Area Early Music / Early Music Now presents Stile Antico  Apr 6th, 2016, 12:39pm 
Started by Charles Q. Sullivan | Last post by Charles Q. Sullivan
Early Music Now
29th Season – 2015-2016
4 April 2016
Contact: Charles Q. Sullivan | 414.225.3113 | [email protected]
Attachments: This Press Release | Program Information | Photos of Stile Antico
Stile Antico – Presented by Early Music Now
The Sensual made Spiritual in the Renaissance
“Sacred or Profane?” is a question that has spurred controversy across the centuries about what music is appropriate for worship – especially in the Renaissance, and still today.
Stile Antico, an ensemble of young British singers, explores that question on the closing concert of Early Music Now’s 29th season, at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist on Saturday, April 16th, at 7:30. Well-established as one of the most original and accomplished new vocal ensembles in the early music field, the 12 singers perform as chamber musicians, without a conductor, each member contributing to the artistic result.
Tracing the blurred boundaries between sacred and secular music in the Renaissance period, the program contrasts risqué, racy chansons with their transformation into devout Masses and Magnificats, and the reworking of ribald folksongs into prayerful polyphony. Tunes by Anonymous, and Renaissance chansons by Jacob Clemens non Papa, Clément Janequin, Josquin des Prez, and Nicolas Gombert are made sacred by Mass and Magnificat settings of Guillaume Dufay, Orlando Lassus, Tomás Luis de Victoria, John Taverner, and Christóbal de Morales.
Interspersed among the Mass movements are madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi that were converted into sacred parodies by Aquilino Coppini in a 1607 collection, based on the works of several composers. Most shocking of all, and in spite of the Church’s disapproval, it was none other than the Cardinal of Milan who commissioned sacred texts to be fitted to these frankly erotic madrigals.
Complete program notes and texts for this 7:30 concert are available on the Early Music Now website. The concert location is 812 North Jackson Street. Due to the travel schedule of Stile Antico, there will not be a pre-concert lecture or reception. Stile Antico previously appeared on the Early Music Now series in December 2011.
Concert tickets may be purchased online at EarlyMusicNow.org, or by phone at 414.225.3113.  Tier 1 seating is sold out. Tier 2 tickets are priced at $46 for adults/seniors and $15 for students. Tier 3 tickets are priced at $29 for adults/seniors and $10 for students. A 20% discount is available for groups of ten or more.
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 6   Early Music / Chicago Area Early Music / Dorothee Oberlinger Trio Evokes Venice Golden Age  Mar 20th, 2016, 6:41am 
Started by Amy Iwano | Last post by Amy Iwano
March 10, 2016
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Amy Iwano
Executive Director
University of Chicago Presents
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CHICAGO – On Friday, April 1st at 7:30 pm, recorder player Dorothee Oberlinger will make her first Chicago appearance in a concert at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts as part of UChicago Presents’ Howard Mayer Brown International Early Music Series. Alongside harpsichordist Alexander Puliaev and baroque cellist Marco Testori, Oberlinger will present Il Flauto Veneziano, her Diapason d’Or-winning program of works by composers Vivaldi, Corelli, and others who wrote music during the 16th and through the 18th centuries – known as the golden age of music and art in the Republic of Venice.
Dorothee Oberlinger is an Echo Klassik-winning virtuoso who has performed with early music ensembles around the globe. Since 2003, she has also directed her own ensemble, Ensemble 1700; since 2004, she has been on faculty at the Mozarteum Salzburg.
There will be a free pre-concert lecture with University of Chicago Professor of Music Robert Kendrick at 6:30 PM.
Please note that Ensemble 1700 harpsichordist Alexander Puliaev has generously agreed to stand in for previously scheduled Florian Birsak, who could not attend this concert due to a family illness.
Dorothee Oberlinger, recorder
Alexander Puliaev, harpsichord  
Marco Testori, baroque cello
Il Flauto Veneziano
MAINERIO: ll primo libro de balli accomodati per cantar et sonar d'ogni sorte de instromenti
“Shiarazula Marazula”  
“La Lavandara Gagliarda”
SPADI: Libro de Passaggi […] Madrigali diminuiti […]  
Diminution sopra "Anchor che col partire" by Cipriano da Rore  
CASTELLO: Libro secondo
Sonata prima a soprano solo  
      Sonata ottava a 2. soprano e f*gotto overo viola
PASQUINI: Toccata con lo Scherzo del Cucco for harpsichord
MARCELLO: Sonata in F Major Op. 2, No. 12  
VIVALDI / NICOLAS CHÉDEVILLE: Sonata in G minor Op. 13, No. 6 RV 58, Il  
pastor fido (version for alto recorder and basso continuo)
VIVALDI: Sonata in A minor RV 43 for Cello and Basso Continuo
CORELLI: Sonata in D minor op. 5, No. 12, La Follia (version for alto recorder and  
basso continuo)
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th Street,  
Chicago, IL 60637
$35 / $5 all students (with I.D.)  
Call 773.702.ARTS (773.702.2787) or visit tickets.uchicago.edu
UChicago Arts Box Office, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street
Regular hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 12 pm – 6 pm and through concert intermission;  
1 – 4 pm on concert Sundays.  
Concert information online at chicagopresents.uchicago.edu
Dorothee Oberlinger is one of the most amazing discoveries of recent years, an expressive virtuoso who received numerous awards while still quite young. Today she is considered one of the best recorder players in the world. Her concerts have been received with enthusiasm by critics and audiences alike, earning her unanimous acclaim, and her CDs are regularly fêted as the best new issues on the market.  
Oberlinger has given solo recitals at festivals all over Europe, America, and Japan, including the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Musikfestspiele Potsdam, Settimane Musicale Stresa, Nederlandse Oude-Musik-Network, Festival de Musica Antigua Sajazarra, Warsaw Beethoven Festival, Europäische Musikfestwoche Passau, Rheingau-Musikfestival, Tage der Alten Musik Regensburg, and the MDR-Musiksommer. Other venues in which she has played include Wigmore Hall in London, the National Philharmonie in Warsaw, the Marianischer Saal in Lucerne, the Rosée Theater in Fuji, and the Philharmonie in Cologne.  
She has performed as soloist with leading international Baroque ensembles such as London Baroque and Musica Antiqua Köln (directed by Reinhard Goebel), and she also plays regularly with modern symphony orchestras such as the WDR-Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester and the Detmolder Kammerorchester.  
Oberlinger collaborates intensively with the Italian ensemble Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca, with whom she has given many concerts throughout Europe. Their joint CD of concertos by Antonio Vivaldi has received numerous awards from the international musical press.  
She directs her own Ensemble 1700, which she formed in 2003. Together they have realized a wide variety of projects relating to the music of the 17th and 18th centuries.  
In 2004, Oberlinger was appointed professor at the renowned Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.
Alexander Puliaev was born in 1962 in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad). He received his first piano lessons at the age of 6. In 1985, he completed his piano studies at the Moscow Conservatory with Vladimir Natansson. After several years of concert activity as soloist and chamber musician, he continued his studies at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam with Anneke Uittenbosch (harpsichord) and Stanley Hoogland (fortepiano). In 1993, he was a prizewinner at the International Harpsichord Competition in Warsaw.
Since 1998, Puliaev has lived in Germany, where he is a professor at the Cologne Music Academy (Wuppertal department). As an internationally in-demand soloist and chamber musician, he has collaborated with conductors such as Peter Schreier, Ivor Bolton, Marcus Creed, and Christoph Spering. In chamber music, he works with Dorothee Oberlinger, Anton Steck, Hille Perl, Christoph Mayer, Vittorio Ghielmi, Ensemble 1700, Kontraste Köln, Concerto Köln, and Das Neue Orchester Köln.
Puliaev performs regularly at international music festivals around the world such as in Nantes, Tokyo, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Festa da Musica in Lisbon, Stockstädter Music Days, Bad Arolsen Baroque Festival, Banchetto Musicale in Vilnius, etc. He has recorded several solo CDs for BIS and Marcus Aurelius Edition.
MARCO TESTORI, baroque cello
Marco Testori received a diploma from the Conservatorio “G. Verdi” in Milano in organ and organ composition in 1991, then in cello in 1993. After attending courses with J. Goritzky, M. Flaksmann and E. Bronzi, he began to study ancient music in depth at Schola Cantorum Basilensis with Christophe Coin.
He has collaborated with I Barocchisti, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Complesso Barocco, Accordone, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Ensemble Dolce e Tempesta, Il Cardellino, Ensemble Claudiana, Orchestra da Camera di Mantova, Ensemble Arte-Musica, La Divina Armonia, and Il Suonar Parlante. With them, he has recorded works by B. Marcello, A. Bononcini, D.Gabrielli, C. Monteverdi, and A.  Scarlatti, for Decca, Opus 111, Naxos, Sony, Amadeus and Fuga Libera. He also took part in several chamber music concerts for Milano Classica, A.S.L.I.C.O. and I Pomeriggi Musicali.
From 1994 to 2004, Testori was the principal cellist of the renowned ensemble Il Giardino Armonico, with which he performed in many international festivals (Musica e Poesia a San Maurizio – Milano; Styriarte Festival – Graz; Pfingsten – Salzburg; Osterklang – Wien; Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival; Rheingau Festival; Settimane Musicali Internazionali – Luzern; Festival de Musique – Montreux-Vevey) in some of the most famous halls in the world (Teatro San Carlo – Napoli; Concertgebouw – Amsterdam; Wigmore Hall – London; Musikverein – Wien;  Konzerthaus – Wien; Théâtre des Champs-Elysées – Paris; Tonhalle – Zurich; Alte Oper – Frankfurt; Staatsoper unter den Linden – Berlin; Auditorio Nacional – Madrid; Auditorium P. Casals – Tokio; Teatro Colon – Buenos Aires; Carnegie Hall - New York; Sydney Opera House).  
Testori is first cello of the ensemble Atalanta Fugiens, conducted by Vanni Moretto (Sony). He has recorded concertos by Nicola Fiorenza with the ensemble Dolce & Tempesta and concertos by Carlo Graziani with I Musici di Santa Pelagia (Urania Records), along with other recordings for  Radiotelevisione Italiana, RTSI, Bravo TV Canada, and Antenne 2 France.
Since October 2013, he has been Professor of Baroque Cello at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg.
Now in its 72nd year of bringing the world’s best artists to Chicago, The University of Chicago Presents offers 26 unique performances in six distinct series in the 2015/16 season, from early music to classical, contemporary, and jazz. This season celebrates the richness that music has to offer with unrivaled musical experiences that bring passion and virtuosity to the stage.
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 7   Early Music / Chicago Area Early Music / Elmhurst Choral Union performs Handel's Messiah  Oct 28th, 2014, 3:58am 
Started by Gail Mrozak | Last post by Gail Mrozak
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Gail Mrozak, 630-758-1100
Elmhurst Choral Union and Orchestra perform the Christmas classic, Handel's Messiah on Sunday, December 14 at 3:00 p.m. in Hammerschmidt Chapel on the campus of Elmhurst College.
In the spirit of performances from Handel’s lifetime, the concert benefits local children.  A portion of ticket sales goes to ChildServ, a Chicagoland charity serving at-risk children and families.  The concert also includes “Foundling Hospital Anthem”, written by Handel for a London orphanage.
Guest soloists Kimberly Eileen Jones; Sarah Holman, Cornelius Johnson, and Scott Uddenberg, join the ECU and professional orchestra under the direction of James MacDonald.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $10 for youth (ages 7-22).   To order tickets, visit elmhurstchoralunion.org or call 800-838-3006.
Complimentary shuttle bus service from the college parking lot on Alexander Boulevard will be available.
Elmhurst Choral Union is an auditioned volunteer choir, performing choral masterworks of all eras.  The concert is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.
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 8   Early Music / Chicago Area Early Music / Oct. 12 Benefit for Bach Week  Sep 17th, 2014, 4:35am 
Started by Nat Silverman | Last post by Nat Silverman
Bach Week Festival
P.O. Box 1832
Evanston, IL  60204-1832
(847) 269-9050 (General inquiries)
(800) 838-3006 (Tickets)
For Immediate Release
Attn: Music & Entertainment, Society/Benefits Editors
Harmonica Master Howard Levy to Headline
Oct. 12 Benefit for Bach Week
‘Bachtoberfest’ program to include
‘Dueling’ Organ and Harmonica
Fundraiser in Evanston Will Support
42nd Annual Spring Festival
German food, wine, beer,
and Baroque music
Editors: Photos are available. Email [email protected] or call (847) 328-4292.
EVANSTON, Ill., Sept. 10, 2014 — Globe-trotting, Grammy Award-winning harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy of Evanston will headline the Bach Week Festival’s fall Bachtoberfest fundraiser, to be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 12, at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, Ill.
Bachtoberfest will feature instrumental and choral music of German Baroque composer J. S. Bach, a silent auction, and German appetizers, desserts, wines, and beers.
Tickets are $50 each and are available at www.bachweek.org or by calling 800-838-3006.
Proceeds will benefit the 42nd annual Bach Week Festival slated for spring 2015 at Nichols Hall in Evanston and at Anderson Chapel at North Park University in Chicago. The festival will be a  collaboration between Bach Week and North Park’s school of music.
Organ vs. Harmonica
Levy, on harmonica, and Bach Week Festival music director Richard Webster, on organ, will perform Bach’s dramatic organ showpiece, the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565, famously heard in Walt Disney’s Fantasia. For this performance, Webster has christened it the “Dueling” Toccata and Fugue because he and Levy will trade passages throughout the piece.
Levy, who pioneered a method for producing a full range of notes from the traditional version of the harmonica, also will be heard in the Overture from Bach’s dance-inspired Orchestral Suite in B Minor, BWV 1067, where he'll play the solo flute part on harmonica. He'll play his own arrangement of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” from Cantata 147 and two movements from Bach’s Sonata No. 2 for flute and continuo, BWV 1034.
This will be Levy’s debut appearance at a Bach Week Festival event.
The North Park University Chamber Singers, directed by Julia Davids, will perform Bach’s motet “Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden” (Praise the Lord, all nations), BWV 230. Davids is the university’s Stephen J. Hendrickson associate professor of music and its director of choral activities. She serves as music director of suburban Chicago’s 140-voice North Shore Choral Society and is artistic director of the Canadian Chamber Choir.
Award-winning young violinist Dawn Gingrich, who has performed internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, will play the Chaconne from Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004, for unaccompanied violin.
Although best known as a trailblazing harmonica player, Levy is also a composer and classically trained pianist.  His Concerto for Diatonic Harmonica and Orchestra, commissioned by the Illinois Philharmonic in 2001, was the first concerto ever composed for the familiar harmonica associated with folk, country, and blues music. Since then, he’s performed the concerto on multiple occasions in the US and Europe, including with the Chicago Sinfonietta.
Levy is a founding member of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, the renowned instrumental ensemble with a style all its own. He won a 2011 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition for “Life in Eleven,” which he wrote with bandleader and banjo player Fleck. As a member of the Flecktones, he won a 1996 Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance for “The Sinister Minister.”
The London Observer proclaimed, “Howard Levy is a revelation; there are times when it is hard to believe he is playing only a harmonica.” His jazz CDs have received four-star reviews in Downbeat magazine.
A native New Yorker, Levy has lived in Evanston since 1972.
Webster to Run It
Bach Week’s Webster will run more than just Bachtoberfest’s music program. He will also run the Chicago Marathon that morning to raise money for the festival, as he has done in previous years. Webster, who played organ and harpsichord at Evanston’s first Bach Week in 1974, has been music director for every festival since 1975.
Bach Week is one of the Midwest’s premiere Baroque music festivals. The event enlists musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestra, and other top-tier ensembles, while featuring some of the Chicago area’s finest instrumental and vocal soloists and distinguished guest artists from out of town.
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 9   Early Music / Chicago Area Early Music / King Solomon's Singers at Rockefeller Chapel 7/29  Jul 12th, 2014, 12:33pm 
Started by Tamara Ghattas | Last post by Tamara Ghattas
Thursday, July 10, 2014
King Solomon's Singers
c/o Rockefeller Chapel
5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
Web: www.king-solomons-singers.org
E-mail: [email protected]
King Solomon’s Singers will present RECORDARE: A RENAISSANCE PORTRAIT OF REMEMBRANCE AND LOSS. The program is part of a week of commemoration at historic Rockefeller Memorial Chapel of the centennial of the outbreak of World War 1, and it explores the effects of an event such as the Great War—separation, fear, loss, and of course death and remembrance—through the unique lens of Renaissance choral music. These themes are as old as humankind itself, and the composers of the Renaissance knew them well and expressed the attendant emotions in a deeply expressive yet controlled manner that makes for unusually rewarding listening. The ensemble will perform works of Josquin Desprez, William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, Heinrich Isaac, Tomás Luis de Victoria, and others, including portions of Victoria’s heartbreakingly beautiful Requiem Mass.
July 29, 2014, 7:30 PM
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago
Tickets are free, with suggested donation of $20/general, $10/student
About King Solomon's Singers
Founded in 2010, King Solomon’s Singers is an ensemble dedicated to the performance of Renaissance polyphony and chant. The members of the ensemble are professional and semiprofessional singers from the Chicago area—members of ensembles such as Chicago Chorale, Schola Antiqua of Chicago, The Oriana Singers, The Chicago Early Music Consort, and Chicago a cappella—who share a love of this particular repertoire.  
King Solomon's Singers' debut concert in August 2010 was recorded and released as Sacred and Profane Love. The ensemble's first full-length studio recording, Out of the Shadows: Sacred Music of Francisco Guerrero and Thomas Crecquillon, was released in July 2013. More information on the group's recordings is available at http://www.king-solomons-singers.org/Recordings.html.
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 10   Early Music / Chicago Area Early Music / Callipygian Players to perform at Byron Colby Barn  Dec 26th, 2013, 8:17am 
Started by Erin Cummisford | Last post by Erin Cummisford
Contact: Erin Cummisford
32400 N. Harris Road, Grayslake, IL 60030  
847-548-4062 x11
[email protected]  
For Immediate Release  
December 23, 2013
Callipygian Players perform “A Revolutionary’s Music” at Byron Colby Barn
GRAYSLAKE— Callipygian Players presents "A Revolutionary’s Music" at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake. Admission is $18 for adults and is available at the door only (cash or check). To inspire early appreciation for the arts, children younger than 16 are admitted free.  
The Byron Colby Barn is located at 1561 Jones Point Road in Grayslake, inside the Prairie Crossing conservation community. From I-94, exit Route 120 west, turn south at Route 45, then right at Jones Point Road. Ample free parking is located adjacent to the Barn.  
In addition to his critical role in United States history, Thomas Jefferson was a man of cultured taste and an amateur violinist who was quite familiar with the latest European art and music. Embark on a journey back in time with “A Revolutionary’s Music”, featuring selections from Jefferson’s sizable music collection.  
Callipygian Players is an ensemble of Chicago’s finest period instrument musicians including Martin Davids, Director & Baroque violin; Craig Trompeter, cello; and David Schrader, harpsichord. Experience “A Revolutionary’s Music” with some of Jefferson’s favorite works by Antonio Vivaldi, Arcangelo Corelli, Burk Thumoth, Francesco Geminiani and Carlo Tessarini.
This performance is part of the 12th annual Early Music Series, featuring highly acclaimed musicians performing music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Additional upcoming performances in the Early Music Series include Such Sweete Melodie on Feb. 9, Secret of the Muses on Mar. 2, and Rook on Mar. 23.
Joel Spears is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Early Music Series, and an active lutenist and guitarist based in the Chicago area. He has performed as a soloist and with ensembles including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Bella Voce, and Music of the Baroque. Joel is currently Lute Instructor at the Music Institute of Chicago.
Incredible music and architectural beauty combine to create a unique concert experience at the Byron Colby Barn. Audience members are welcome to bring a bottle of wine to share with friends during performances. Enjoy the gift of music in the intimate setting of a restored dairy barn. Information about upcoming performances is at www.prairiecrossing.com/bcbarn.
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