Archive | January, 2011

Baroque Band keeping the flame of early music alive, in different ways

By John von RheinClassical music critic What makes Chicago a world-class center of classical music performance? It’s not just because we have established institutions operating at high artistic levels. Part of the reason lies with the fact that the many smaller groups orbiting around the big boys do quality work in their own right, complementing […]

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Music Fit for a King

by Kristina Powers Until the last decade or so, becoming involved in the historically-informed performance practice (HIPP) movement – which involves performing on instruments of a composer’s historical period – was not so “hip.” Although the movement had its beginnings in the early 20th century, it was often scoffed as an inferior musical niche for […]

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In the recording studio

This week is going to be fun – busy, but fun! I will spend several evenings with Baroque Band at Nichols Concert Hall at the Music Institute in Evanston, where we will be recording our second disc for Cedille Records – the complete Overtures by English composer Maurice Greene (1696-1755). We were delighted to find […]

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Charlie’s Angels Hyde Park Herald Review

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Baroque Band has cleverly put the umbrella of “Angels and Demons” over its 2010–11 season. Last Thursday’s concert in Hyde Park was titled “Charlie’s Angels — Music from the Court of Charles II.” The program cover even had three blacked-out musicians huddled together, a fun spoof of the graphic […]

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