January 2, 2020—The Newberry Consort joins acclaimed Renaissance wind band Piffaro February 7, 8, and 9, 2020 for The Marchesa, a program of music from the court of Isabella d’Este, the powerful woman politician, philosopher, and patron of the arts who ruled the court of Mantua during the early part of the 16th century.

These concerts prominently feature soprano Ellen Hargis singing frottole, an Italian song form that flourished at Isabella’s court. Musicians from Piffaro will play a variety of historical wind instruments, including shawms, dulcians, sackbuts, recorders, krumhorns, and bagpipes. A violin band led by David Douglass, and Renaissance lute rounds out the diverse ensemble of period instruments. Audiences will experience rarely heard 16th century repertoire performed by North America’s leading interpreters of Renaissance music. Lush projections of portraits and other historical images curated by Shawn Keener will add an enticing visual component to each performance.

The Marchesa will be performed three times across Chicagoland. Pre-concert chats led by musicologist Dr. Anne MacNeil will take place thirty minutes prior to the start time of each performance. On Friday, the concert will be performed at the Newberry Library’s Ruggles Hall, with complimentary wine and prosecco served before the concert and at intermission. Saturday’s performance at the University of Chicago’s International House includes a complimentary pre-concert reception that begins at 7:00 pm. The Sunday matinee will take place in the neo-Gothic sanctuary of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located in the heart of south Evanston.

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

Saturday, February 8th at 8:00 pm (pre-concert chat at 7:30 pm)
Complimentary reception begins at 7 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

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.