2009 – 2010 Season

Series Concerts

Beautiful Dreamer: The Music of Lincoln’s America

Beautiful Dreamer ThumbnailIn conjunction with an exhibition coming to the Newberry Library from the Library of Congress, With Malice toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition, we present rarely-heard music from 1860s America: popular songs, minstrel music, and country music, as well as the spectacular art music of America’s first bona fide virtuosos, Louis Gottschalk and William Morris. The program of stories, songs, and minstrel comic acts will bring Lincoln’s America to life.

Stravaganze! The Virtuoso Violinists

Stravaganze! ThumbnailHear the premier collaboration of the internationally acclaimed artists and Chicago celebrities David Douglass, Rachel Barton-Pine, and David Schrader in a program of virtuosic music for violins and harpsichord. The violinists and composers Biagio Marini, Marco Uccelini, and Giovanni Fontana were just a few of the superstars of the 17th century who brought audiences to their feet with displays of musical fireworks and heartfelt emotion.

By a Celestial Fountain: The Music of William Byrd

By a Celestial Fountain ThumbnailOur second annual Howard Mayer Brown Memorial concert features the Newberry Consort of Viols, along with the Newberry Consort Singers. No Elizabethan composer is more revered than William Byrd, who labored to preserve his art at a time of tremendous adversity. He earned the favor and protection of Queen Elizabeth I, as he earns our admiration and respect so many centuries later, by composing music of thrilling invention and compelling beauty. Howard Mayer Brown, an avid amateur viol player, particularly enjoyed Byrd’s music, and we honor his memory in a program of Howard’s favorites played on instruments from his collection.

Special Events

Emerging Artists Perform: The Music of Heinrich Ignaz Biber

The Music of Heinrich Ignaz Biber ThumbnailThe Newberry Consort’s second annual Emerging Artists Concert features Northwestern University’s Baroque Music Ensemble in a colorful concert of vocal and instrumental chamber music composed by the brilliant 17th-century composer Heinrich Ignaz Biber.

Music Hath Charms: Disease and Disability in Music

Music Hath Charms ThumbnailIn conjunction with the Newberry Library Center for Renaissance Studies’ Symposium on Disease and Disability in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Newberry Consort director David Douglass, along with soprano Ellen Hargis, harpsichordist David Schrader, and viola da gambist Craig Trompeter will present a special program on how people coped with illness through the power of music, from the depths of melancholy to a comic depiction of a gall bladder operation.

Fair Orianna: An Early Movie with Music

Fair Orianna ThumbnailA special offering by the Newberry Consort for the first Chicago Early Music Festival, our early movie with early music was a smash hit as our benefit concert last season. This time around soprano Ellen Hargis joins the Newberry Consort of Viols as they accompany the classic feature film with Sarah Bernhardt as Elizabeth I.

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