It is with great sorrow that we share the news that our beloved colleague Tom Zajac has passed away. Tom was a special spirit; a tender, fierce, loyal friend and an inspiring and sensitive musician. The Consort musicians, Board, and community mourn his passing. Many of our audience will remember his last concert with us, when he was still recovering from one of his many surgeries for atypical meningiomas, the recurring brain tumors with which he was afflicted.

Tenor Matthew Dean remembers the World of Copernicus concert: “Tom Zajac lashed instruments to himself to play them one-handed, Odysseus at the mast on a taunting sea to which he would not yield. Tom was a finer musician and fuller soul at half-strength than any other I have known whole. His melodies will continue to navigate my life. The Heynal sounds in heaven today.”

We couldn’t have said it better.

Tom’s concerts with The Newberry Consort:

Lute Man

  • 1999 Villon to Rabelais
  • 2007 The Play of Robin and Marion
  • 2008 What a Difference a Day Makes
  • 2009 Ecco la Primavera
  • 2010 Melody and Miracles
  • 2011 Rosa das Rosas
  • 2012 The King’s Noyse and Piffaro
  • 2012 Gaude, Mater Polonia: Music of Poland’s Golden Age
  • 2012 La Harpe de Melodie
  • 2014 The Feast of the Pheasant
  • 2015 Music from the World of Copernicus


Click here to read Tom’s full obituary…

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 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.