The Empress: Margarita Teresa

18, 19, 20 October 2019

Empress Margarita Teresa

 Friday, October 18th at 8:00 pm
(pre-concert chat at 7:30 pm)
Ruggles Hall at Newberry Library
60 W Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610
Complimentary wine and Prosecco available to ticket holder before concert and at intermission.

Saturday, October 19th at 2:00 pm
(pre-concert chat at 1:30 pm)
International House, University of Chicago
1414 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637
Reception to celebrate partnership with Global Voices to follow the performance.

Sunday, October 20th at 3:00 pm
(pre-concert chat at 2:30 pm)
Galvin Recital Hall at Northwestern University
70 Arts Cir Dr, Evanston, IL 60208

The Empress, our 2019-20 season opener, is a program of operatic excerpts and instrumental dance suites composed in honor of Empress Margarita Teresa of Spain (1651-1673.) A stellar string band and vocal soloists will perform excerpts from Antonio Cesti’s Il Pomo d’Oro, which was originally written to celebrate the marriage of Margarita to Emperor Leopold I. The program will also include instrumental interludes by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1623-1680) and scenes from a hilarious intermezzo, Orfeo, supposedly composed by Emperor Leopold I himself.

Featured vocalists:
Ellen Hargis, soprano & co-director
Salome Sandoval, soprano
Allison Selby Cook, mezzo-soprano
Oliver Camacho, tenor
Eric Miranda, baritone

Featured instrumentalists:
David Douglass, violin & co-director
Allison Monroe, violin
Daniel Elyar, viola
Brandi Berry Benson, viola
Jeremy David Ward, bass violin
Charles Metz, harpsichord
Brandon Acker, theorbo & guitar
Daniel Swenberg, theorbo & guitar

With projections by Shawn Keener

Who was Margarita Teresa?

Born into the Spanish line of the Habsburgs, Margarita Teresa's (1651-1673) birth was the product of one in a long line of avunculate—that is, interfamilial—marriages within the distinguished royal family. Her father, King Philip IV of Spain, married her mother,...

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.

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