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With Emma Kirkby, Baroque Band launches fifth season in delightful fashion

Chicago Classical Review By Lawrence A. Johnson Dame Emma Kirkby performed with Baroque Band in their season-opening concert Wednesday night at Symphony Center. Baroque Band kicked off its fifth season in style Wednesday night with an engaging program spotlighting one of the leading Baroque singers of the past three decades, Dame Emma Kirkby. Kirkby’s bright […]

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Baroque Band’s English program finds common ground across the centuries

By Michael Cameron Period instrument concerts stir up far less debate now than even a decade ago, and their historically based performance practices continue to percolate into modern instrument ensembles. At this point attention has more productively shifted to the music itself, especially neglected repertoire from the 16th and 17th centuries that rarely appears on […]

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Baroque Band opens season with lively, lesser known Italian music

  Baroque Band opened its fourth season Friday night in Hyde Park with a characteristically enterprising lineup of Italian concerti grossi, which featured some well known composers as well as some rarely heard works.   Granted, on paper the prospect of eight Baroque string concertos looked daunting. Yet the works’ brevity and the contrasts of […]

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