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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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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Baroque Band led with authority by Standage

By Alan G. Artner, Special to the TribuneSeptember 20, 2013 What now is known as “historically informed performance” began to gather steam just over 40 years ago with the founding of the period-instrument group The English Concert. Simon Standage was first violin of the ensemble for half that time, making with it and other groups […]

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