Classical 91.5

Music of the Baroque

Seasonal, Saturdays 1pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at

Under the direction of internationally acclaimed British conductor Jane Glover, Music of the Baroque occupies a special place in the rich cultural life of Chicago. Long recognized as one of the region’s top classical groups, Music of the Baroque’s professional chorus and orchestra is one of the leading ensembles in the country devoted to the performance of eighteenth-century works.


Over the past four decades, Music of the Baroque has presented premiere performances of many early masterpieces, including Monteverdi’s operas and 1610 Vespers, Georg Philipp Telemann’s Day of Judgment, Mozart’s Idomeneo, and numerous Handel operas and oratorios. The ensemble has drawn particular praise throughout its history for its performances of the major choral and orchestral works of J. S. Bach and Handel, Mozart, and Haydn.

Opera News calls Music of the Baroque “one of Chicago’s musical glories” and the Chicago Sun-Times writes, “Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra may be the big guys on the local classical music scene, but in terms of sheer quality of performance…Music of the Baroque inhabits the same stratosphere.”

Ways to Connect

Drawn from diverse cultures and various points in history, Music of the Baroque conductor William Jon Gray has assembled a program that feature the holiday traditions from the 12th through the 19th century from Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russian, the Netherlands, Spain and North America.

10/5      Handel: Judas Maccabaeus (in English)


Israelitish Woman:         Yulia Van Doren
Israelitish Man:              Meg Bragle
Judas Maccabaeus:       Thomas Cooley
Simon, his brother:         Eric Owens
Israelitish Messenger/
First Messenger:            Amanda Koopman
Second Messenger:       Kyle Sackett
Eupolemus:                   Ryan O’Mealey

Music of the Baroque Chorus and Orchestra; Jane Glover, hc and cond