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 is now the proud owner of a Roland Digital Organ.

Charles Metz, our keyboard player, reports: “I am very excited to be playing this instrument, a digitally sampled organ which produces a sound historically comparable to 17th century positive organs.    The new technology of this instrument, first introduced by Roland in 2008, also has various temperament and pitch capabilities which makes it an ideal instrument for Newberry Consort and in particular this upcoming program of Johann Rosenmüller.” 


Listen to a sample of this continuo combo in a piece you’ll hear on our upcoming concert, from a hmu recording by The King’s Noyse with Ellen Hargis and David Douglass:

Chamber and concerted music in the 17th century was known for its rich and varied basso continuo sound. We often see a veritable “band” of continuo instruments accompanying soloists and small ensembles as well as orchestras and opera pit bands. Combinations of bowed and plucked strings with keyboards could combine or go solo to make the right sound for any section of a composition. As Charlie says, “This organ, as well as a 17th-c. style Italian harpsichord augmented by theorbo, is the ideal continuo group for this concert.  It will add a dimension of different sounds which supports the “affects” of the music and help to create wonderful variety for the listener. The combination of the rich, smooth organ sound with the clear articulation of the theorbo is particularly effective in German music of this period.”

Welcome, O Nachbar Roland!

POSTPONED: April Fundraiser

Dear Valued Patrons,
We regret to share that due to concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to postpone our April 19th fundraising event, Ecco la Primavera. We expect to reschedule this event for a weekend between July and September – stay posted! Please know this decision does not reduce the Newberry Consort’s need for your support. Indeed, now more than ever, we hope you will consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us not only minimize the losses from this postponement but also contribute to our future events.

If you currently hold a ticket for this event, refunds are available upon request. Otherwise, the cost of your ticket will be applied to the rescheduled event. If you are a current ticket-holder for this event, Consort General Manager Hannah De Priest will be in touch with you directly very soon.
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.