The Marchesa: Isabella d’Este

A co-production with Piffaro

7, 8, 9 February 2020

Marchesa Isabella d'Este

Friday, February 7th at 8:00 pm
(pre-concert chat at 7:30 pm)
Ruggles Hall at Newberry Library
60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610
Complimentary wine and prosecco available to ticket holders
before concert and at intermission.

Saturday, February 8th at 8:00 pm
(pre-concert chat at 7:30 pm)
International House, University of Chicago
1414 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Sunday, February 9th at 3:00 pm
(pre-concert chat at 2:30 pm)
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
939 Hinman Ave, Evanston, IL 60202

This program honors the great Isabella d’Este, a politician, mother, taste-maker, musician, writer, art collector, and one of the most important patrons of the Italian Renaissance. These concerts feature the frottole, an Italian song form that propagated at Isabella d’Este’s Mantuan court. Isabella commissioned her favorite poets and composers including Josquin des Prez (c. 1450-1521), Bartolomeo Tromboncino (d. 1534) and Marco Cara (d. 1525) to craft these short, amorous songs, which she herself enjoyed performing. Soprano Ellen Hargis gives voice to this sensual Italian poetry accompanied by a variety of Renaissance instruments, including guitar, lute, shawms, recorders, and strings.

Featured vocalists:
Ellen Hargis, soprano & co-director

Featured instrumentalists:
David Douglass, violin & co-director
Tim Macdonald, violin
Brandi Berry Benson, viola
Allison Monroe, viola
Brandon Acker, lute & guitar
 Jeremy David Ward, bass violin

Members of Piffaro, The Renaissance Band:
Joan Kimball, co-director
Bob Wiemken, co-director
Grant Herreid
Priscilla Herreid
Greg Ingalls
Eric Schmalz
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With projections by Shawn Keener

Tickets: $50 Preferred Seating, $40 General Admission, $10 student tix (available on-line or at-door)

Please note seats at all Newberry Consort venues are not assigned. Seating is divided into two sections: Preferred Seating and General Admission. Student ticket-holders must sit in the General Admission section. If you require special accommodation, please contact us in advance at manager@newberryconsort.org and we will assist you.

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Friday – DECEMBER 6
PARKING INFORMATION FOR GRACE LUTHERAN: Street parking is available along Division Street and Bonnie Brae. Read signs carefully — there are some restrictions on weekdays. Evening and weekend parking is available in Concordia University’s parking garage, just south of Grace, and in the spaces marked “Concordia” in the park district lot on the north side of Division Street. To learn more please click here (Link to: http://www.graceriverforest.org/welcome/visit/)

Enter the church either via the entrance on Bonnie Brae or on Division Street.


Saturday – DECEMBER 7
PARKING/CTA INFORMATION FOR ST. JOHN CANTIUS: The church is accessible via the CTA Blue line (Chicago stop.) It is also accessible via two CTA bus routes: Bus 56 on Milwaukee Ave, and Bus 66 on Chicago Ave stop nearby.Street parking is available on Carpenter Street; plus free parking is available in the lot behind the church and the adjacent school (enter lot from Sangamon).  Don’t park in lot across the street. We recommend booking parking in advance at SpotHero (link to: spothero.com)


Sunday  – DECEMBER 8
PARKING/CTA INFORMATION FOR FIRST UNITED  METHODIST CHURCH: The large parking garage directly across from the church (on Church street) is FREE on Sundays (simply take a ticket and insert it at the machine at the exit when you leave.) Free street parking is available on the residential streets surrounding the church. The church is also accessible via the purple L line (Davis stop.)


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