Under the direction of internationally acclaimed British conductor Jane Glover, Music of the Baroque occupies a special place in the rich cultural life of Chicago. Long recognized as one of the area’s top classical groups, the ensemble focuses on 18th-century works for chorus and orchestra.
Over the past four decades, Music of the Baroque has presented premiere performances of many early masterpieces, including Monteverdi’s operas and 1610 Vespers, Georg Philipp Telemann’s Day of Judgement, Mozart’s Idomeneo, and numerous Handel operas and oratorios. The ensemble has drawn particular praise throughout its history for its performances of the major choral works of J. S. Bach and Handel, Mozart and Haydn.
Music of the Baroque draws audiences from across the Chicago metropolitan area, performing regularly at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park in downtown Chicago and the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, as well as at intimate Chicago and suburban churches.
Listeners across the country enjoy the work of Music of the Baroque through radio broadcasts and recordings on 98.7WFMT Radio.
Jane Glover was named Music Director in September 2002. Nicholas Kraemer is the ensemble’s Principal Guest Conductor.
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- Jane Glover
- Music Director
Acclaimed British conductor Jane Glover has been Music of the Baroque’s music director since 2002.
- Nicholas Kraemer
- Principal Guest Conductor
Nicholas Kraemer has been Music of the Baroque’s principal guest conductor since 2002.
- William Jon Gray
- Chorus Director
William Jon Gray was named Music of the Baroque’s chorus director in 2010.
Sixty of the Chicago area’s finest professional musicians make up the chorus and orchestra of Music of the Baroque. Many have played and sung for years with the ensemble.
Most members of the orchestra also perform with other leading groups, including the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera. Chorus members have active operatic, teaching and recital careers and several perform regularly as soloists with Music of the Baroque. The opportunity to perform early repertoire at a very high artistic level with fellow fine musicians keeps ensemble members coming back concert after concert.
Principal players are:
Music of the Baroque concerts regularly feature internationally renowned soloists.
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Board of Directors
Music of the Baroque supports choral education at Chicago public high schools through its “Strong Voices” program.
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Ushers for Music of the Baroque concerts are members of the Saints, an organization of volunteers for the performing arts.
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