Music of the Baroque, Chicago
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Music of the Baroque is an American professional chorus and orchestra based in Chicago, Illinois.
Most members of the orchestra also perform with other groups, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Chorus members have active operatic, teaching and recital careers and several perform regularly as soloists with Music of the Baroque.
The ensemble was founded by Thomas S. Wikman in 1972 as a program of the choir of the Church of St. Paul and the Redeemer in Hyde Park. It was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1975, and received critical acclaim[by whom?] early in its history[when?]. Conductor Jane Glover was named Music Director in September 2002. Nicholas Kraemer is the ensemble's Principal Guest Conductor. William Jon Gray was named chorus director in 2010. Karen Fishman has been the organization's executive director since 1999.
Works performed have included Claudio Monteverdi’s operas and 1610 Vespers, Georg Philipp Telemann’s Day of Judgment, Mozart’s Idomeneo, and numerous Handel operas and oratorios, the major choral works of J. S. Bach and Handel. In recent seasons[when?], Music of the Baroque has given modern premieres of several works by Telemann, including the cantatas, "Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft," "Dich rühmen die Welten," and "Siehe, das ist Gottes Lamm."
Music of the Baroque's available recordings include "Glover Conducts Mozart," featuring Symphonies 40 and 41; "Kraemer Conducts Bach," including Bach's Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3, 4, and 6; "Mother & Child," recorded live during the ensemble's 2013 holiday concerts and conducted by Paul Agnew; Haydn's The Creation, Telemann's Day of Judgement, Renaissance Christmas (two volumes), and four discs featuring performances by Concertmaster Emeritus Elliot Golub.
Through its "Strong Voices" program, Music of the Baroque conducts arts education to support and enhance music education programs at Chicago public high schools. Combining individual and group vocal instruction by Music of the Baroque chorus members with exposure to professional musical performances, the program currently includes Curie High School, Hubbard High School, Lane Technical High School, Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Senn High School, and Von Steuben Metropolitan High School.