We’ve completed day 2 of rehearsal, and find ourselves at once elated, frustrated, moved, and challenged!  What a repertoire – exquisitely beautiful, fiendishly difficult, and endlessly fascinating.

We’ve been unknotting rhythmic kinks, drawing on Mark Rimple’s understanding of the notation. Since he often plays the contratenor line in these pieces, he’s the rock of the rhythm section.   Tom’s experimenting with instrumentation, which is saying something, considering the arsenal of winds, plucks, and reeds he plays – oh, and did I mention he sings, too? Shira brings a wonderful quality of improvisation to the group in addition to her gorgeous tone and sense of phrasing.  David is fiddling with rebec and vielle in turn, and since he designed the program, keeps us on message with his overall vision for the pacing and variety.  I’m just wallowing in gorgeous poetry and soaring melodies.

The most wonderful thing about this music, though, is that once we’ve mastered some of the most difficult passages any of us has ever slogged through, the music lifts us above all the work and takes on an almost luminous beauty that is just breathtaking.  We can’t wait to  share it.


Ellen Hargis

MAY PERFORMANCE CANCELLED - The Mistress: Madame de Pompadour (click for more information)

Dear Valued Patrons,
We regret to share that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not present The Mistress: Madame de Pompadour this May 8-10th. We currently plan to reschedule this project for a special performance in August 2020. We hope to share more details on that soon. In the meantime, current ticketholders for May performances of The Mistress can choose to hold their ticket(s) and use them for the rescheduled event, or receive a voucher for the cost to be used for future Consort events, donate the cost of their tickets as a tax-deductible charitable contribution, or request a refund. Please note that season pass holders will receive a percentage credit or refund. To confirm arrangements, contact General Manager Hannah De Priest at manager@newberryconsort.org. You can also leave a voicemail at 773-669-7335 and she will call you back.

You can always donate to the Newberry Consort online  or via check. Our mailing address is The Newberry Consort, P.O. Box 60212, Chicago, IL, 60660-0212. Please reach out to manager@newberryconsort.org if you have any questions or leave a message at 773-669-7335 and one of our staff will be in touch with you.
We appreciate your understanding and very much look forward to welcoming you to Newberry Consort concerts in the future. Till then, wishing you all good health and safety in these uncertain times.