‘Mad Men’ Review by the Hyde Park Herald

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Baroque Band opened its 2014–15 season in Hyde Park with yet another one of the special guests which have made their concerts so rewarding over their first seven years. Catalan countertenor Xavier Sabata was the main attraction, singing excerpts from two operas based on Italian poet Ludovico Ariosto’s 16th […]

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Chicago Tribune Review

Concert review: Baroque Band performs Handel, Vivaldi by Alan G. Artner Baroque Band began its eighth season Sunday night in a program that only a relatively short time ago would have been considered a curiosity. Star of the evening was Xavier Sabata, the Spanish countertenor who presented in his Chicago-area debut excerpts from operas by […]

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Riotous Baroque Review

BY KYLE MACMILLAN | FOR SUN-TIMES MEDIA Baroque music is often viewed as pretty and pleasant. But Garry Clarke, artistic director of Chicago’s Baroque Band, believes that it is so much more. That’s why he gave his period-instrument ensemble’s 2014-2015 season the theme, “Riotous Baroque,” and labeled its opening series of concerts (Sept. 28, Oct. […]

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Homage to Catalonia

Hyde Park Herald concert review by M.L. Rantala June 17, 2014 Joan Plana speaks several European languages, but his native language, Catalan, is unknown to the average American. He makes himself understood not only in excellent English, but in the language of music. Plana was born and raised in the Lleida province of Catalonia, an […]

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J.S. Bach and the “musical Bach family”

In the history of music Johann Sebastian Bach played such an important role that it can hardly be underestimated. But his artistry must be seen as an integral part of a larger family and thus of a certain historical tradition: for more than two centuries, the Bach family shaped musical developments in Germany, particularly in […]

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