(local and regional)
The Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Michigan) Early Music Ensemble performs in concerts, school assemblies, lecture-recitals, benefits, weddings, and other events around the Michiana area. The members, all professionally trained musicians, are active or retired teachers or librarians.
Ars Musica Chicago is dedicated to presenting innovative programming with historically informed performances of music works primarily from the 9th through 18th centuries. One of the group's primary missions is to highlight forgotten treasures of music, making them meaningful and exciting for modern audiences. Ars Musica Chicago is also committed to educational outreach with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
For more info: call 312-409-7874; write Ars Musica Chicago, P.O. Box 1870, Chicago, IL 60690-1870; or e-mail ArsMusicaChicago @ aol.com.
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The BBE is a period ensemble dedicated to presenting music of the 17th century to the current day on historically-appropriate instruments, creating exciting and insightful performances that have a special resonance for contemporary audiences.
For more info: e-mail bbe @ bachandbeethoven.org; visit this site.
2013-2014 season Bach and Beethoven Ensemble early music performance(s) on: 11/6/2013, 5/31/2014.
Photos of the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble here.
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Bach and Beyond, Music for the Community, is a local concert series founded in 2001 for the Lincoln Square neighborhood and surrounding communities. This unique series brings together professionally trained musicians and amateur contributors from local parishes, community music organizations, and even people who have never previously sung for performance of a diverse collection of music dating back to the 17th century.
For more info: call 773-315-6395; or e-mail info @ bachandbeyond.org; or visit this site.
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Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois ("BACH"), was founded in 1996 for the purpose of teaching, learning, and performing music of the Baroque era. Chester L. Alwes, professor of choral music at the University of Illinois and director of music at Grace Lutheran Church, Champaign, is its musical director. BACH specializes in vibrant, historically-informed performances of music from the 17th and 18th centuries. It is the only professional ensemble in Illinois outside Chicago solely dedicated to live performances of works by Bach and other Baroque composers.
For more info: call 217-378-6802; write Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana (BACH), P.O. Box 2935, Champaign, IL 61825-2935; or e-mail info @ baroqueartists.org.
2014-2015 season Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urban early music performance(s) on: 10/19/2014, 11/30/2014, 12/14/2014, 3/15/2015, 5/31/2015.
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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. The group presents concerts of music from the Baroque era (approximately 1600-1750) featuring familiar works as well as giving exposure to previously unknown treasures. The Callipygian Players hope to enrich Chicago's cultural life through exciting, original, and historically informed live performances, recordings, and educational programs that will inspire a new appreciation of this great music.
For more info: call 847-502-7255; or e-mail director @ calplayers.org
2014-2015 season Callipygian Players early music performance(s) on: 11/22/2014..., 1/18/2015, 2/15/2015.
2013-2014 season Callipygian Players early music broadcast(s) on: 1/6/2014.
Photos of the Callipygian Players here, here, here, here.
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The Chicago Bach Ensemble consists of vocal soloists and a chamber orchestra. The Ensemble's goal is to perform four different programs a year (each in three different churches in Chicago or the Chicago area over a period of one week to 12 days). The CBE intends to become an anchor group within the Chicago area performing small-scale baroque choral works and instrumental pieces.
For more info: visit this site.
2014-2015 season Chicago Bach Ensemble early music performance(s) on: 11/6/2014....
As of 2011, with the departure from the Chicago area of the group's Director, the Chicago Early Music Consort has discontinued for now as an active performing group.
For more info: e-mail Gary Berkenstock at info @ ChicagoEarlyMusicConsort.org
Photos of the Chicago Early Music Consort here, here.
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Chicago Syntagma Musicum
Chicago Syntagma Musicum (latin for "musical discourse"), Andrew Schultze, Music Director, bass-baritone; and assorted guest artists.
For more info: call Andrew Schultze at 773-774-5706 or e-mail aschultze @ comcast.net.
2013-2014 season Chicago Syntagma Musicum early music performance(s) on: 8/3/2013..., 10/27/2013.
Photos of Chicago Syntagma Musicum here.
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The Comic Intermezzo exists for two reasons: (1) to introduce audiences to the once extraordinarily popular art form of early 18th-century chamber operas known as intermezzi, presented in an authentic reproduction of the time with period instruments and recreations of period dance and costumes; and (2) to bring opera to new audiences by presenting it in a fun and interesting way. The intermezzi are performed in English; a comic introduction to the art form and to early opera is an integral part of each performance.
For more info: e-mail info @ thecomicintermezzo.com; or visit this site.
Photos of The Comic Intermezzo here.
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EnsAmble Ad-Hoc was created in Bogota, Colombia by Francy Acosta, soprano, and José Luis Posada, lute & Baroque guitar, under the guidance and support of Early Music specialist Eduardo Vargas. The ensemble specializes in the performance of pre-classical repertoires, with special attention to Italian and Spanish music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The core duet may be joined by ad-hoc members according to the nature of each program.
For more info: e-mail fhacostam @ gmail.com or joseluicito @ gmail.com; or visit this site.
2014-2015 season EnsAmble Ad-Hoc early music performance(s) on: 3/8/2015.
Photos of EnsAmble Ad-Hoc here.
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The Haymarket Opera Company aspires to enrich the musical community of Chicago and the Midwest with performances of 17th and 18th century operas. Chicago does not have an opera company that specializes in the repertoire from the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment. The board of directors, donors, and volunteers of HOC believe that the company will become a cultural gem of the city and region. HOC seeks to engage audiences of all ages with passionate performances of familiar as well as forgotten works.
Read the story behind the Haymarket Opera Company here (DOC, 33 KB).
For more info: e-mail craig @ haymarketopera.org; or visit this site.
2014-2015 season Haymarket Opera Company early music performance(s) on: 10/24/2014..., 2/20/2015, 3/13/2015....
Photos of the Haymarket Opera Company here.
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The Madison Bach Musicians ensemble, Trevor Stephenson, Artistic Director, is dedicated to presenting the music of Johann Sebastian Bach--as well as works by other great composers of the Baroque, Renaissance, and Classical periods--through performances, lectures, and workshops. In pursuit of the greatest clarity, the group performs primarily on period instruments, with ensemble sizes typical of those used by Bach himself.
For more info: e-mail trevor @ trevorstephenson.com; or visit this site.
2014-2015 season Madison Bach Musicians early music performance(s) on: 10/4/2014..., 12/13/2014, 4/17/2015....
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Music of the Baroque is the Midwest's largest professional chorus and orchestra specializing in 16th, 17th and 18th century music. Music of the Baroque performances are held in the intimate settings of churches chosen for their superb acoustics and architectural beauty. The chorus and orchestra of Music of the Baroque are comprised of approximately 60 professional musicians. Chorus members have active operatic careers and many perform regularly with leading American orchestras. Several members of the Music of the Baroque Orchestra are also members of America's foremost musical ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony and the Lyric Opera Orchestra.
2014-2015 season Music of the Baroque early music performance(s) on: 10/19/2014..., 11/30/2014..., 12/18/2014..., 1/25/2015..., 2/22/2015..., 3/29/2015..., 4/19/2015, 5/17/2015....
2014-2015 season Music of the Baroque early music broadcast(s) on: 8/1/2014, 9/12/2014, 10/10/2014, 11/14/2014, 12/12/2014, 3/13/2015, 4/10/2015, 5/29/2015, 6/12/2015.
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Musicke's Merrie Companions
Performs any time of the year at birthday parties, bar mitzvahs, weddings, banquets, etc.
For more info: call Nancy Chabala at 708-442-6053.
Photos of Musicke's Merrie Companions here.
Directed by David Douglass, Newberry Musician-in-Residence, and early music diva Ellen Hargis, the Newberry Consort plumbs the Newberry Library's vast music collection and assembles a star-studded roster of local and international artists to perform world-class performances of music. Affiliated with the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies, the Consort also serves as an ensemble-in-residence at both the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.
For more info: call 312-255-3610; or e-mail info @ newberryconsort.org.
2014-2015 season Newberry Consort early music performance(s) on: 11/7/2014..., 3/14/2015, 3/20/2015..., 4/24/2015....
Photos of the Newberry Consort here, here, here, here.
Recordings of the Newberry Consort here.
MP3s of the Newberry Consort here.
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Northwestern Baroque Ensemble
Formerly known as the Northwestern University Early Music Ensemble, the renamed Northwestern Baroque Ensemble is led by Stephen Alltop, Ellen Hargis, and David Douglass. Open to enrolled students at Northwestern University, the group currently meets Wednesdays and Fridays.
For more info: e-mail swa440 @ northwestern.edu, ellen.hargis @ gmail.com, or dfdouglass @ gmail.com.
2013-2014 season Northwestern Baroque Ensemble early music performance(s) on: 2/23/2014, 5/18/2014.
Photos of the Northwestern University Early Music Ensemble here, here, here, here, and here.
Professional soloists and instrumentalists join the Saint Luke Senior Choir under the direction of Dr. Mark Bangert for presentations of selected Bach cantatas in the context of sung Vespers.
For more info: call 773-472-3383.
University of Chicago Early Music Ensemble
The Early Music Ensemble is a historically-oriented performance and study group directed by the Director of the Newberry Consort David Douglass and member/acclaimed soprano Ellen Hargis. Participation in the group in some form is open to anyone in the University community with any level of experience.
2013-2014 season UC Early Music Ensemble early music performance(s) on: 5/13/2014.
Comprised of voices and instruments, the ensemble performs music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras on period instruments.