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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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Baroque Band brought smiles all around at Orchestra Hall

January 16, 2014|By Alan G. Artner, Special to the Tribune One part of the purpose behind Wednesday night’s Orchestra Hall concert by Baroque Band was, as guest-conductor Ian Watson said, “to bring some Mediterranean warmth” to the winter landscape by presenting works “hugely varied in tone and color.” Another part was to do that primarily through […]

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Baroque Band Delights – Hyde Park Herald

By M.L. RANTALA Classical Music Critic Neither snow nor cold kept the Augustana Lutheran Church from hosting a large crowd Saturday night. Baroque Band has that kind of audience. Englishman Ian Watson was the guest director and harpsichordist for a program titled “Under the Influence,” which featured a fascinating collection of baroque gems. Conducting from […]

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Virtuosity, showmanship shine in period-instrument concert

Chicago Tribune concert review: January 16, Symphony Center, Chicago. By Alan G. Artner, Special to the TribuneJanuary 18, 2013 The last 20 years brought a startling level of virtuosity to period-instrument performance, and Wednesday night’s concert in the Grainger Ballroom of Orchestra Hall served as a vivid illustration. British recorder player Piers Adams joined Garry […]

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“Vastly imaginative, genuinely fun”–Mad Hatter’s Musical Tea Party

From the June 10, 2012 review in chicagoclassicalmusic.org by Kathryn J Allwine Bacasmot   Hearing a well-executed performance of Baroque instrumental music is like being presented with a basket of perfectly blush, crisp, apples: plentiful sweet sounds articulated with a snap, like sharp lead breaking on paper. Garry Clarke (Artistic Director) and his crack team […]

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