Interview with Ryaan Ahmed

Newberry Consort Young Artist Mentorship Program Participant We sat down with Ryaan Ahmed, our first participant in Newberry Consort’s Young Artist Mentorship Program. Here’s what he had to say about playing theorbo and his upcoming experience working with our early music

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O Nachbar Roland!

We have a new “Neighbor Roland”! (Early Music Nerd joke) We are especially happy to debut a new instrument in our next program, Oct. 9-11. Thanks to the generosity of our donors at last year’s Gala fundraising dinner, the Consort

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Tom Zajac – In Memoriam

It is with great sorrow that we share the news that our beloved colleague Tom Zajac has passed away. Tom was a special spirit; a tender, fierce, loyal friend and an inspiring and sensitive musician. The Consort musicians, Board, and

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Finding a Rare Antique Musical Instrument

In May 2005, after receiving a tip from a friend on what she saw and thought to be an “old” instrument in an antique/coin shop in Fairview Heights, Illinois, I went to investigate. What appeared was an instrument in very

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Music from the World of Copernicos – Part 3 of 3

We conclude this series with Thomas Zajac’s program notes on Renaissance music for this program.  Tickets are available online or by phone. Polish Renaissance Music The works of the polyphonist, Wacław z Szamotuł (c. 1524 – 1560), survive mainly in

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Music from the World of Copernicus – Part 2 of 3

Continuing in our series of program notes and historical background for our upcoming concerts, by Thomas Zajac. Medieval Music We will begin the first half of the program with two chants that are rather well known to Polish audiences, Gaude Mater

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Music from the World of Copernicus – Part 1 of 3

Over the next 2 weeks, we will be bringing you a three part series on the historical background behind this program, contributed by musician and scholar Thomas Zajac. Part 1 – Historical Background From the 15th through early-17th centuries Poland

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Discovering the New World’s Old Music

Co-Director Ellen Hargis interviews Professor Drew Edward Davies   A specialist in earlier music of the Spanish world, Drew Edward Davies (PhD, UChicago) is Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Graduate Music Studies at Northwestern University, Academic Coordinator of

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2014-15 Season Brochure

Our 2014-15 Season Brochure is now available to view online or to download.

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Program notes for Celestial Sirens II by Ellen Hargis

  The sound of an all-female vocal ensemble, by turns earthy, sensual, angelic and otherworldly, has fascinated listeners for centuries. Nowadays, we love Anonymous 4, female barbershop quartets, and The Supremes. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the Concerte delle

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Your ticket includes admission to our pre-concert lectures one hour before concert time. Physical tickets will be mailed within 7-10 days. Orders received less than 14 days before the concert will be held at will-call. Contact us by e-mail at or by phone at 773.669.7335

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