By TONIA HILL
Staff Writer

The Newberry Consort is celebrating its 30th anniversary season filled with programs that range from the music of Shakespeare and Medieval Germany to music celebrating a 17th-century Swedish queen.

The Newberry Consort will be presenting a concert, on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Logan Center, 915 E. 60th St., featuring the music of German composer Oswald von Wolkenstein.

Born circa 1377, Wolkenstein was a nobleman and knight who traveled throughout Western and Eastern Europe and the Holy Land during the crusades. He was also a poet and a composer who wrote songs about his travels, religion, and love.

The show will feature a multimedia slideshow featuring the original manuscripts of the music, as well supertitles. Special guests include Mary Springfels and Drew Minter, founding members of the consort, who will join the ensemble of early harps, fiddles, winds, and voices.

The Newberry Consort uses multimedia slideshows to enhance the music and so that the audience according to Douglass can appreciate all the foreign and early Medieval languages.

Co-Director Ellen Hargis said the multimedia slideshows were added on to the concerts about three to four years ago so that members of the audience could read and listen to the music simultaneously.

“We came up with a way of projecting supertitles, but more than that adding images from the period that show actual pictures of people doing the things that we’re talking about in the pieces,” Hargis said. “By doing that, it’s like sitting in the middle of an art gallery or museum and looking at a scene of what’s being sung about. It’s a complete sensory experience.”

Newberry Consort Co-Artistic Director David Douglass of the Newberry Library says the consort is one of a kind and stands out amongst other early music ensembles and he ties it to their longevity as an ensemble.

“For our audience, we try to make it very accessible experience by providing a lot of contexts so that people can understand how that music fits into its own time rather than just trying to make it come alive today in our modern times,” Douglass said.

Founded in 1986, the Newberry Consort is based in Chicago and has spent the last 30 years inspiring audiences by bringing little-known works from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque periods to life through engaging educational concerts.

The Consort regularly performs at the Newberry Library, the University of Chicago (U. of C.), Northwestern University and other venues worldwide. The Newberry Consort has recorded several albums and has collaborated with local and international musicians including Rachel Barton Pine, Marion Verbruggen, and Paul O’Dette.

Affiliated with the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies, the Consort also serves as an ensemble-in-residence at both the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. In addition to an annual concert series in Chicago, the Consort has an active touring schedule.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14. Ticket prices range from $35-$45 dollars student tickets are $5 at the door with a valid student ID and can be purchased here: http://newberryconsort.org/tickets/

t.hill@hpherald.com

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.