Music of the Baroque Journeys Through Time in 2024-2025 Season

By Adela Skowronski |

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Portrait of Sherezade Panthaki in black and blue gown, organza wrap over shoulders, dark forest setting

Sherezade Panthaki (Photo: David Fung)

Music of the Baroque’s 2024-2025 season announcement reveals a smattering of rarely-heard gems alongside beloved repertoire. Concerts will be held at the North Shore Center in Skokie and the Harris Theater in Chicago, with more venues added at special times throughout the year. 

The season begins in September with three performances of Haydn’s Creation, marking the ensemble’s first performance of the piece in 10 years. More Earth-themed music follows, with guest conductor Laurence Cummings leading the ensemble in Vivaldi, Rameau, Telemann, and Rebel from October 27 to November 1, 2024.

Listeners will have lots to choose from during the 2024 holiday season. Dame Jane Glover will be conducting performances of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio from November 24 to 29, 2024. Concerts will occur at the Symphony Center in addition to the North Shore Center in Skokie. A few weeks later, Andrew Megill leads the ensemble in a plethora of concerts around Chicago. From Faith, Hope & Charity Church in Winnetka to St. Michael in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood,  Music of the Baroque's Holiday Brass and Choral Concerts will run from December 19 to 27, 2024. 

The year 2025 will open with a Music of the Baroque debut. French conductor Marc Minkowski joins the ensemble for the first time January 25 to 31, 2025 to explore mythology-inspired works by Handel, Rameau, and Mozart.

In March, the ensemble celebrates principal guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer’s 80th birthday with one of his favorite works: Handel’s Theodora. Music of the Baroque welcomes soloists Sherezade Panthaki, Iestyn Davies, Allyson McHardy, David Portillo, and Jonathan Woody to perform the oratorio from March 2 to 7, 2025. 

Imogen Cooper (Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke)

The music of Mozart is front and center for Music of the Baroque’s April program, which runs from April 6 to 11, 2025. Dame Jane Glover will conduct symphonies by Mozart’s mentors Josef Myslivecek and Johann Adolph Hasse, while Dame Imogen Cooper leads the ensemble from the piano for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 13. 

Finally, the season rounds out in May with two church performances: one at the Faith, Hope & Charity Church in Winnetka IL, and the other at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. Nicholas Kraemer will lead Music of the Baroque in choral music that has traditionally been performed in churches. Concerts will run from May 11 to 16, 2025. 

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