Critic’s Choice

Wed Apr 10, 2019 at 2:19 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

George Frideric Handel

A rare Handel premiere takes pride of place this weekend. Third Coast Baroque, Chicago’s  newest early music group, will tackle Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno (“The Triumph of Time and Disenchantment”). Handel’s first oratorio was the only work of his Italian sojourn to be later revised and presented in London.  Third Coast stalwarts Nathalie Colas and Angela Young Smucker will share the stage with Clifton Massey and Owen McIntosh. Rubén Dubrovsky conducts.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday at Chicago Temple and 7:30 p.m Saturday at Galvin Recital Hall in Evanston. 


The Pacifica Quartet will return to Hyde Park on Friday night. This concert will mark the first appearance of the University of Chicago’s former ensemble in residence with its two newest members, violinist Austin Hartman, and violist Mark Holloway, joining first violinist Simin Ganatra and cellist Brandon Vamos.

The program will offer the world premiere of David Dzubay’s String Quartet No. 2 “Oceanic,” a work written for Pacifica. Also on tap are two composers in whose music the group has always excelled: Beethoven (Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, no. 6) and Mendelssohn (Quartet No. 3 in D Major, Op. 44, no. 1). Performance time is 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mandel Hall.

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