On February 21, Music of the Baroque announced its 2020-2021 season, the ensemble’s 50th. “We want this golden jubilee season to be a big thank you to the people of Chicago who come to our concerts, and the musicians of Chicago who perform them,” remarked executive director Declan McGovern in the release.
“I am so grateful to the amazing musicians who make up our ensemble and to our dedicated audience, many of whom have been with us from the very first performance!” added music director Jane Glover. “Coming to Chicago to conduct Music of the Baroque is one of my most favorite things to do.”
The season begins on September 9 at Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion with a free program called Baroque in the Park, a preview of season highlights. That performance will also mark the world premiere of the ensemble’s first-ever commission: a fanfare by contemporary Chicago composer Stacy Garrop.
On September 13 and 14, Glover will conduct performances of Haydn’s Creation featuring vocal soloists Ying Fang, Michael St. Peter, and Roderick Williams.
Later in the season, Glover will conduct Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and principal guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer will lead performances of Handel’s Messiah.
Other highlights of the season include a concert of Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concertos, a Handel extravaganza featuring the Water Music Suite and Music for the Royal Fireworks, and Gabriela Montero playing a Mozart piano concerto. There will be four performances of the 2020 Holiday Brass & Choral Concert.
For more information, visit www.baroque.org.