Chicago Early Music Festival to debut next spring

Thu Jun 04, 2009 at 12:59 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

The growth and significance of  Chicago’s early music scene will be spotlighted next year with the debut of the Chicago Early Music Festival to take place April 20-25.

“I think it’s fantastic for the city and for early music in Chicago,” said David Douglass, director of The Newberry Consort. “There’s always been a lot of early music going on, but the festival will help to raise our profile and increase public awareness.”

 Spearheaded by Helen Vasey of the Chicago Cultural Center, the event is a collaborative effort between the city and the individual music organizations. The centerpiece will be Chicago Opera Theater’s production of  Francesco Cavalli’s Giasone, which opens April 24, for which Baroque Band will be the pit ensemble.

 In addition to The Newberry Consort and Baroque Band, other participating organizations include Music of the Baroque and the University of Chicago Presents.  Performances will take place at a variety of venues and programming details are to be announced in the coming weeks.

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One Response to “Chicago Early Music Festival to debut next spring”

  1. Posted Jun 15, 2009 at 8:39 am by Mark Dawson

    Wonderful! If you need some volunteer help let me know. The Chicago community of recorder players would like to participate.