Third Coast Baroque shuts down after seven seasons

Wed Jan 17, 2024 at 10:23 am

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Photo: Elliot Mandel

Third Coast Baroque announced Wednesday that the group is closing its doors after seven seasons.

Executive director Angela Young Smucker said the decision to shutter the ensemble was a result of various factors, centered on the “current financial challenges in the Chicago arts sector.” She cited “inflation and reduced grant funding, coupled with diminished ticket sales due to smaller audiences [which] have created a challenge for numerous arts organizations.”

Founded by mezzo-soprano Smucker, violinist and conductor Rubén Dubrovsky, and soprano Natalie Colas in 2016, Third Coast Baroque opened with a lively Spanish program and quickly proved a superb addition to the local early music scene.

TCB was especially lauded for its vital performances and venturesome programming, including a lineup centered on the year 1685, an acclaimed performance of Handel’s Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, a concert of Handel rarities, and an evening of love songs.

Smucker said “the incredible journey we have had with Third Coast Baroque remains a source of deep solace and gratitude.”

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