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 1   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
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Charles Q. Sullivan | 414.225.3113 | info@earlymusicnow.org
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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 2   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
DOROTHEE OBERLINGER TRIO EVOKES
 VENICE’S GOLDEN AGE
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –
March 10, 2016
 
PHOTOS
Please visit http://bit.ly/1QGlkBT
 
PRESS CONTACT
Amy Iwano
Executive Director
University of Chicago Presents
Iwano@uchicago.edu
773.702.8068
 
 
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.
 
 
FRIDAY / APRIL 1 / 7:30 PM / LOGAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
 
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)
 
 
CONCERT LOCATION
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th Street,  
Chicago, IL 60637
 
TICKETS
$35 / $5 all students (with I.D.)  
Call 773.702.ARTS (773.702.2787) or visit tickets.uchicago.edu
 
BOX OFFICE
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, recorder
 
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, harpsichord
 
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.
 
 
ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESENTS
 
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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 3   Early Music / Chicago Area Early Music / Chicago Bach Ensemble – Fall 2015: Cantata Cycle 6  Oct 3rd, 2015, 4:59am 
Started by Nathalie Colas | Last post by Nathalie Colas
The Chicago Bach Ensemble – Fall 2015: Cantata Cycle 6 - Rubén Dubrovsky, Conductor
 
Chicago (September 28h 2015) - Internationally renowned conductor Rubén Dubrovsky leads the Chicago Bach Ensemble in cantatas featuring baroque oboist Sung Lee.
 
Concert program:
 
BWV 22 Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe (Jesus gathered the twelve to himself)
BWV 32 Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen (Dearest Jesus, my desire)
BWV 156 Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe (I stand with one foot in the grave)
 
Friday, October 16 - 8:00pm
St. Jerome Croatian Catholic Church
2823 S Princeton Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2332714
 
Saturday, October 17 - 8:00pm
Chicago Temple
77 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2332709
 
About Artistic Director Rubén Dubrovsky:
 
The Vienna-based conductor Rubén Dubrovsky was born to a Polish-Italian artist family in Buenos Aires. Two experiences, which he skillfully and inspiringly links to this day, mark his path as a musician: his classical training as a cellist and conductor on the one hand, and on the other his passionate academic research into the common roots of traditional South American music and European Baroque music. This versatile artist is a regular guest at international festivals, including the Musikverein (Vienna), Handel Festival (Karlsruhe & Halle), "Winter in Schwetzingen" Festival, Pergolesi Festival (Jesi), Haydn Festival (Eisenstadt), Osterklang Festival (Vienna) and Styriarte (Graz), as well as a live TV broadcast of Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Spanish Radio choir and orchestra in Madrid. As a highly sought-after in the world of opera, recent engagements include his opera debuts at the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden (Incoronazione di Poppea), Palau de les Arts Valencia (Arbore di Diana), Opera Bonn (Orlando Furioso) and Theater an der Wien (Polifemo). In January 2015 he made his debut at Nationaltheater Mannheim conducting a new production of Gluck's Alceste.
 
Maestro Dubrovsky became the Artistic Director of the Chicago Bach Ensemble in 2014.
 
About The Chicago Bach Ensemble:
 
Since its inaugural concert in January 2012, the Chicago Bach Ensemble has
presented five cycles of J.S. Bach's cantatas to welcoming Chicago audiences. In September 2013, CBE received a three-year grant: the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
 
Thanks to the insightful direction of renowned baroque specialist and new Artistic Director Rubén Dubrovsky, the CBE is presenting historically informed performances through the use of period instruments and tuning, as well as utilizing a chamber vocal ensemble that serves as both soloists and choristers. The CBE strives to feature Chicago's finest early music specialists.
 
The ensemble:
Sung Lee, oboe
Jeri-Lou Zike, violin
Janelle Davis, violin
Dave Moss, viola
Craig Trompeter, cello
Jerry Fuller, bass
David Jonies, organ
 
Claudia Chakravorty, Nathalie Colas, Kaitlin Foley, sopranos
Angela Young Smucker, Amanda Koopman, altos
Nolan Carter, Karim Sulayman, tenors
Eric Miranda, Christopher Remmel, basses
 
General Admission at the door $25
Advance ticket sale through brownpapertickets.com $20
Special price at the door for Students with ID $10
 
For more information please visit: chicagobachensemble.org
Follow us on Twitter @ChicagoBach
Follow us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/TheChicagoBachEnsemble
 
Please join us for a Meet-and-greet reception with the artists, immediately following the October 16th concert at St Jerome Croatian Catholic Church.
 
contact: TheChicagoBachEnsemble@gmail.com
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 4   Early Music / Chicago Area Early Music / Bella Voce performs Handel's Messiah  Oct 28th, 2014, 4:37am 
Started by Tamara Ghattas | Last post by Tamara Ghattas
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 20, 2014
 
 
Bella Voce
University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Performing Arts
1040 West Harrison St., Rm. L018, MC255
Chicago, IL 60607-7130 www.bellavoce.org
 
Contact: Tamara Ghattas, managing director
mail@bellavoce.org
312-479-1096
 
Bella Voce welcomes in the 2014 holiday season with its cherished annual performances of HANDEL’S MESSIAH, in collaboration with period-instrument ensemble the Callipygian Players.
 
Handel’s oratorio commenting on the life of Jesus is perhaps the most-performed work in the choral repertoire; yet Bella Voce offers an uncommon presentation. In its small 21-voice chamber configuration, the choir’s rendition of the well- choruses is emotive and intimate. To even further decrease the separation between performers and audience, each solo movement will be sung by a member of Bella Voce, rather than dedicated soloists.
 
Bella Voce’s performance is devoted to historical authenticity. Using period-accurate tuning helps to reveal the music’s harmonic motion, and the sound qualities of the Callipygian Players’ Baroque instruments give insight into interpretation and phrasing. By presenting this oft-performed oratorio in its entirety, with a small choir and the instruments that would have been used in the early eighteenth century, we can most fully illuminate Handel’s masterwork.
 
Saturday, November 22, 8:00

St. Clement Parish

642 W Deming Place, Chicago
 
Sunday, November 23, 7:00

St. Luke's Episcopal Church

939 Hinman Avenue, Evanston

 
Tickets are priced at
$45 premium/$40 general admission/$15 students with ID www.bellavoce.org | Box Office: 877-755-6277 | Administrative Office: 312-479-1096
 
 
About Bella Voce
Bella Voce, Chicago’s premier professional chamber choir, is renowned for performing choral music both traditional and contemporary, both sacred and secular, that inspires and exhilarates its audiences. It continues to honor the traditions that won this stellar ensemble so many admirers and supporters over the years while also exploring new repertoire.
 
Bella Voce received the prestigious Alice Parker ASCAP Chorus America Award in 2004 for programming that was "an adventurous stretch" for both singers and audience, notably the 2002 Midwest premiere of Einojuhani Rautavaara's “Vigilia.” The ensemble has recorded for Centaur, Harmonia Mundi, Narada, and Cedille Records and also has four self-produced CDs in release.
 
Andrew Lewis and Bella Voce were recently selected by the Chicago Tribune’s John von Rhein as the classical musicians everyone should have on their radar in September’s Fall Arts Preview: http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/vonrhein/ct-bella-voce -choral-director-20140905-column.html
 
 
About Andrew Lewis
Andrew Lewis is artistic director of Bella Voce; music director of the Elgin Choral Union; founder and artistic director of the Janus Ensemble, a professional chamber orchestra specializing in Baroque and new music; choirmaster at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Evanston; and a member of the conducting faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also artistic director emeritus of the Lutheran Choir of Chicago, and he formerly taught conducting at DePaul University. Lewis has been a guest lecturer at Concordia University Chicago, Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, and the nationally recognized Lectures in Church Music series. He has appeared as a guest conductor with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and his performances have been heard live on WFMT 98.7.
 
 
About the Callipygian Players
The Callipygian Players are an ensemble of Chicago's finest period instrument musicians and singers under the leadership of Director and Baroque violinist Martin Davids, who has been called “A devoted Baroque artist and performer of considerable note” (Jack Neal, KUNR-FM). They present innovative and exciting concerts of music from the Baroque era (approximately 1600–1750). Known for their interesting programming, Callipygian Players concerts feature music of well-known composers as well as lesser-known masterpieces.
 
 
For more information
Bella Voce’s website: http://bellavoce.org
Discography: http://bellavoce.org/recordings/
Reviews: http://bellavoce.org/reviews/
Andrew Lewis: http://bellavoce.org/artistic-director/
The Callipygian Players: http://www.calplayers.org
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 5   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 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
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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 6   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 natsilv@aol.com 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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 7   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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
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: king.solomons.singers@gmail.com
 
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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 8   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
ecummisford@prairiecrossing.com  
       
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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 9   Early Music / Chicago Area Early Music / Marion Consort to perform at the Byron Colby Barn  Dec 2nd, 2013, 4:16pm 
Started by Erin Cummisford | Last post by Erin Cummisford
Contact:
Erin Cummisford
847-548-4062 x11
ecummisford@prairiecrossing.com  
32400 N. Harris Road, Grayslake, IL 60030
 
For Immediate Release  
November 25, 2013
 
Marion Consort to perform holiday concert at Byron Colby Barn
 
GRAYSLAKE— Celebrate the holiday season with Marion Consort as they perform "Sing We All Noel" at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 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.  
 
This performance is part of the 12th annual Early Music Series, featuring highly acclaimed musicians performing music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Audience members are welcome to bring a bottle of wine to share with friends during performances.
 
The “Sing We All Noel” program features rare historical gems from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Chicago’s premier early music vocal ensemble performs a cappella Christmas carols from the past, as well as familiar holiday favorites. This one of a kind performance by Marion Consort (Amy Bearden, Melissa Curtis, Chris Henricks, Molly Pufall-Brown, Hans Royal-Hedinger, Adam Schleinzer, and Kyle Shiver-Simpson) includes music by well-known composers including Byrd, Victoria, Hassler, and Monteverdi.  
 
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. 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. Information about upcoming performances is at www.prairiecrossing.com/bcbarn.
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 10   Early Music / Chicago Area Early Music / NSCAE Baroque Music for Christmas Tide  Dec 2nd, 2013, 2:11pm 
Started by Carlos Figueredo | Last post by Carlos Figueredo
North Shore Chamber Arts Ensemble  
 
Carlos Figueredo
847.475.0203, 773.451.6701
Carlos.figueredo@sbcglobal.net
Chamber-arts-ensemble.org
 
 
BAROQUE MUSIC FOR CHRISTMAS TIDE
 
Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 4.00 p.m.
 
Glencoe, Illinois, October 1, 2013–THE FIRST CONCERT OF THE 2013 -2014 SEASON OF THE NORTH SHORE CHAMBER ARTS ENSEMBLE – BAROQUE MUSIC FOR CHRISTMAS TIDE -- WILL BE PRESENTED ON DECEMBER 8 AT THE NORTH SHORE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 213 HAZEL AVENUE, GLENCOE, IL 60022.  TICKET PRICE IS $35/GENERAL ADMISSION, $25/SENIORS AND STUDENTS. 2-FOR-1 WFMT BENEFIT HONORED WITH ONLINE PURCHASE.
 
FOR FURTHER DETAILS OR TO PURCHASE TICKETS VISIT chamber-arts-ensemble.org OR CALL NORTH SHORE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH AT 847-835-1227 MONDAY TO FRIDAY FROM 9.00 AM TO 12.30 PM.
 
THE CONCERT PROGAM INCLUDES:
 
·  CHORALE FROM CANTATA 147 OF J.S BACH
 
·  CONCERTO GROSSO NO. 8, OP 6 IN G MINOR BY ARCANGELO CORELLI
 
·  CHRISTMAS CONCERTO BY GIUSEPPE TORELLI
 
·  GLORIA IN D MAJOR RV 589 BY ANTONIO VIVALDI
 
—THIS IS A PROGRAM THAT WILL NOT ONLY ENTERTAIN BUT EDUCATE AND DELIGHT—
 
THE MISSION OF NORTH SHORE CHAMBER ARTS ENSEMBLE IS TO BRING EXCELLENT CHAMBER MUSIC AT AFFORDABLE PRICES TO THE NORTH SHORE AND THE CHICAGO AREA.
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