The Mistress: Madame de Pompadour

Guest directed by Debra Nagy

8, 9, 10 May 2020

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

Saturday, May 9th, 8:00 pm
(pre-concert chat at 7:30 pm)
International House, University of Chicago
1414 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637

Sunday, May 10th at 3:00 pm
(pre-concert chat at 2:30 pm)
Galvin Recital Hall at Northwestern University
70 Arts Cir Dr, Evanston, IL 60208

While Madame de Pompadour is best known as mistress to Louis XV, she was no mere vixen. Mesmerizing, fiercely clever, beautiful, and a relentless social climber, de Pompadour ultimately rose to a powerful yet precarious position: chief confidante to the King.  In our season closer, guest-directed by Debra Nagy, we invite you to explore de Pompadour’s singular life through the music she loved to listen to and sing herself, including songs, cantatas, instrumental works, and opera excerpts by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, François Colin de Blamont, Pierre de la Garde, and more.

Featured musicians:
Ellen Hargis, soprano
Debra Nagy, guest director & oboe
Brandi Berry Benson, violin
Paul Dwyer, cello
Anna Marsh, bassoon
Lucas Harris, theorbo and baroque guitar
Mark Edwards, harpsichord
François Lazarevitch, musette & transverse flute

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 and we will assist you.

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