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Chicago Early Music Festival

Chicago's first-ever festival devoted to Early Music will include six centuries of music.

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Chicago will soon put on its first-ever Early Music festival, thanks to the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Office of Tourism.

The event will take place April 20-25 and will include a host of concerts, masterclasses, and special presentations.

Here are some highlights:

  • Opera: The Chicago Opera Theater presents Francesco Cavalli’s Giasone (Christian Curnyn, music director).
  • Orchestra: The Baroque Band devotes an entire program to selections from Antonio Vivaldi’s L’estro armonico, a collection of concertos famous in their day.
  • In recital: Recorder virtuoso Piers Adams and harpsichordist Howard Beach present a program spanning four centuries, the Newberry Consort performs music of William Byrd, Trio Settecento explores music of the French Baroque, and harpsichordist Mitzi Meyerson gives a recital of baroque works.
  • Dance: American baroque dancer Paige Whitley-Bauguess is accompanied by the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble in a tour of some of the baroque’s well-known dances.
  • Lessons: Masterclasses will be presented by Piers Adams, Paige Whitley-Bauguess, Mitzi Meyerson, and baroque violinist Nadja Zwiener.

For more information, visit the festival website.

Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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