MUSIC OF THE BAROQUE LAUNCHES 2018-19 SEASON WITH MAJOR STARS, MILLENNIUM PARK DEBUT, AND MOZART’S REQUIEM

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MUSIC OF THE BAROQUE LAUNCHES 2018-19 SEASON WITH MAJOR STARS, MILLENNIUM PARK DEBUT, AND MOZART’S REQUIEM

CHICAGO (July 25, 2018)—Music of the Baroque kicks off its 48th season with Baroque in the Park, the organization’s Millennium Park debut, Wednesday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. Admission is free of charge and open to the public. Longtime Music of the Baroque Music Director Jane Glover directs and radio personality Carl Grapentine hosts this lively concert highlighting three major works featured in Music of the Baroque’s 2018-19 season: Mozart’s Requiem, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons featuring concertmaster Gina DiBello as soloist. Also on the program are Handel’s Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks, two masterpieces specifically written for outdoor performance.  Listeners also can enjoy the concert on WFMT-FM (98.7) and simultaneously on www.wfmt.com.

 

“I’m so excited to be part of Music of the Baroque’s first open-air appearance,” Glover said. “It will be a fitting tribute to the four composers who are the pillars of our repertoire—Bach, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart.”

 

Music of the Baroque’s 2018-19 season continues Saturday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Harris Theater and Sunday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m. at the North Shore Center in Skokie with Mozart’s Requiem, the work made legendary in the movie and stage play Amadeus. Glover, a noted Mozart scholar, directs an all-star cast of soloists—several of whom have significant Chicago connections: Metropolitan Opera soprano Amanda Majeski, a Gurnee native, attended Northwestern University and launched her career while part of the Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago; Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone and Chicago resident Eric Owens is currently starring in Lyric Opera’s Ring Cycle; tenor Jonas Hacker gave a critically acclaimed performance in Lyric Opera’s 2018 Chicago premiere of Fellow Travelers; and mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack, who recently made her debuts at the Metropolitan Opera and with the New York Philharmonic, has sung major roles with Lyric Opera and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Mozart Requiem will be performed with three of Handel’s Coronation Anthems.

 

Tickets, which range in price from $25-78, are available at baroque.org or by calling (312) 551-1414. Discounts for groups, students, and seniors are available.

 

About Music of the Baroque

Long recognized as one of the Midwest’s top classical groups, Music of the Baroque Chorus & Orchestra is devoted to the performance of eighteenth-century music. Led by Music Director Jane Glover, the chorus and orchestra has premiered many early masterpieces, drawing particular praise for its performances of the major choral and orchestral works of Bach, Handel, Mozart, and Haydn. Music of the Baroque draws audiences from across the Chicago metropolitan area, performing at the Harris Theater in Chicago’s Millennium Park and at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie as well as churches in Chicago and the suburbs. Listeners also enjoy the ensemble through its recordings and broadcasts on 98.7WFMT Radio. Music of the Baroque conducts an arts education program, “Strong Voices,” designed to support and enhance music education programs at Chicago public high schools.

 

Baroque in the Park

Wednesday, September 12, 6:30 p.m. ● Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago

 

Jane Glover, conductor

Gina DiBello, violin

Carl Grapentine, host

Music of the Baroque Chorus and Orchestra

 

The Mozart Requiem

 

Saturday, September 15, 7:30 p.m. ● Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago

 

Sunday, September 16, 3:00 p.m. North Shore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie

 

Jane Glover, conductor

Amanda Majeski, soprano

Daniela Mack, mezzo-soprano

Jonas Hacker, tenor

Eric Owens, bass-baritone

Music of the Baroque Chorus and Orchestra

 

MOZART  Requiem, K. 626 (Süssmayr completion)

HANDEL  Coronation Anthem No. 1, HWV 258 (“Zadok the Priest”)

Coronation Anthem No. 4, HWV 261 (“My heart is inditing”)

Coronation Anthem No. 3, HWV 260 (“The King shall rejoice”)

 

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