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What is Early Music? 
Early Music is music from the mid 18th century and before, music from the Baroque, Renaissance, and Middle Ages.  It is the most beautiful, enriching, exciting -- and ironically the freshest -- music you will ever hear performed by some of the best musicians anywhere.  Early Music is enchantment!
Welcome to Early MusiChicago -- your source for news and information about Early Music in the Chicago area and elsewhere.

Learn about Early Music at the Composers, Instruments, Organizations, Resources, and Publications pages. 

Get to know area Early Music performers at the Musicians, Ensembles, and Photo Album pages. 

For a complete listing of Early Music concerts, festivals, workshops, and other events, visit the Calendar and Events pages.  Coming Soon:
  • Madison Bach Musicians, Marc Vallon, conductor, will perform a concert, "English Music from the Renaissance & Baroque", with works by Locke, Byrd, Purcell, and others.  more...
  • The Quigley Center's Second Saturday Series presents Phillip Serna, viola da gamba, performing a concert, "A Souldiers Resolution: A Question of Love, Life & Deth for Captaine Hume"more...
  • Early Music Now presents Fretwork performing a concert, "In Nomine", with works for viol consort by Byrd, Gibbons, Lawes, Purcell, Taverner, Tye, and others.  more...
  • The Bach Week Festival will present its annual fundraiser concert, "Bachtoberfest Bachanalia", featuring works by Bach, Boccherini, Couperin, Caratini, and Gabrielimore...