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

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.

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.