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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.
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.
2017-2018 season Bach and Beethoven Experience early music performance(s) on: 12/15/2017.
Photos of the Bach and Beethoven Experience here.
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.
Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois ("BACH"), was founded in 1996 for the purpose of teaching, learning, and performing music of the Baroque era. Led by Music Director Joseph Baldwin, 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.
2017-2018 season Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urban early music performance(s) on: 10/22/2017, 11/26/2017. 2/11/2018. 4/8/2018, 6/10/2018.
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Black Tulip is a multinational ensemble featuring Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano (the Netherlands); Mirja Lorenz, recorders (Germany); Phillip Serna, viols (US); and Joel Spears, lutes and theorbo (US). Their prime focus is the rich cantata repertoire for solo voice with obbligato instrument, interspersed with dynamic and diverse instrumental music from the 17th and 18th centuries. They’ve appeared on many concert series in Illinois, including twice on Live from WFMT, as Early Music at the Barn, the Evanston Art Center, as well as in many church and chamber music series in the Chicago area. The musicians of Black Tulip also enjoy active solo careers. Black Tulip strives to create out-of-the-box programs, combining music with other art forms, such as with art and music history lectures, with narrators, or by projecting paintings that fit the music they are performing.
For more info: Visit this site.
2017-2018 season Black Tulip early music performance(s) on: 6/1/2018.
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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
2017-2018 season Callipygian Players early music performance(s) on: 10/21/2017..., 11/18/2017....
Photos of the Callipygian Players here, here, here, here.
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.
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.
2017-2018 season Haymarket Opera Company early music performance(s) on: 9/18/2017, 9/30/2017..., 1/12/2018, 3/8/2018..., 3/17/2018, 3/30/2018, 5/15/2018, 6/2/2018.... 6/9/2018....
Photos of the Haymarket Opera Company here.
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.
2018-2019 season Madison Bach Musicians early music performance(s) on: 7/24/2018.... 7/25/2018.
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.
2017-2018 season Music of the Baroque early music performance(s) on: 11/19/2017..., 12/14/2017.... 1/28/2018..., 2/25/2018..., 3/25/2018..., 4/22/2018..., 5/13/2018....
2016-2017 season Music of the Baroque early music broadcast(s) on: 12/26/2016.
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.
2017-2018 season Newberry Consort early music performance(s) on: 9/2/2017..., 11/3/2017..., 2/16/2018..., 4/27/2018....
Photos of the Newberry Consort here, here, here, here.
Recordings of the Newberry Consort here.
MP3s of the Newberry Consort here.
YouTube Video: Newberry Consort
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.
2017-2018 season Northwestern Baroque Ensemble early music performance(s) on: 11/12/2017.
Photos of the Northwestern University Early Music Ensemble here, here, here, here, and here.
Directed by Rubén Dubrovsky, Third Coast Baroque seeks to take Baroque music to the people of Chicago and beyond by removing barriers of location and setting, focusing on accessibility, educating audiences about the diverse influences that underlie the Baroque aesthetic, and collaborating with Chicago organizations both in and outside of the arts world.
For more info: Visit this site.
2018-2019 season Third Coast Baroque early music performance(s) on: 7/24/2018, 7/29/2018.
YouTube Video: Third Coast Baroque
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.
Comprised of voices and instruments, the ensemble performs music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque eras on period instruments.
2016-2017 season WMU Collegium Musicum early music performance(s) on: 11/10/2016.