Imagine standing next to and hearing an instrument that Queen Elizabeth I might have heard, or hearing a fortepiano that Mozart praised! The Newberry Consort is offering a unique limited seating event (May 22nd at 3 pm)to see and hear exquisitely decorated Italian, Flemish and French harpsichords, side-by-side in a downtown condominium with expansive views over the city. This premier collection, newly arrived in Chicago, ranges from an original c.1590 Italian virginal to a beautiful copy of a 1784 Stein Fortepiano.
Charles Metz, professional keyboardist and Newberry Consort member, will describe and play all of the instruments in his collection, which has taken 30 years to assemble. Enjoy wine and delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts, and take advantage of complimentary valet parking. Described as “informative and delightful,” the presentation will leave you with a deeper appreciation of harpsichords and fortepianos and the music written for them.
"Thank you again … Your harpsichords are wonderful works of art and to hear them played was a treat beyond measure. We were all so lucky to be there.” – attendee at the event for the St. Louis Symphony
This intimate event is limited to 50 guests and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. To be assured of a place, make your donation online now. We will confirm your reservation and send details.