Music of the Baroque Christmas Special
The WFMT Radio Network and Music of the Baroque wish you and yours A Joyous Holiday Season, as we offer our annual presentation of their Brass and Choral Holiday Concert for your listening pleasure.
Please join our host, Kerry Frumkin, as he guides you through music of the 16th and 17th centuries by composers such as Boris Ord, Paul Manz, Samuel Scheidt; Claudio Monteverdi, Giovanni Gabrieli; Arvo Pärt, Benjamin Britton, Harod Darke and John Tavener among others.
Brass instruments have long been associated with ceremony and celebration. Ubiquitous in Renaissance court pageantry, their connection to royalty and wealth lent an air of respectability to any occasion. Courts and churches capitalized upon the exalted status of brass instruments, flaunting their virtuoso players and composers in order to enhance their reputations.
From its earliest years, Music of the Baroque has drawn audiences from across the Chicago metropolitan area, performing in the intimate settings of neighborhood churches chosen for architectural interest and acoustic excellence and, since 2004, at the Harris Theater in downtown Chicago. Listeners across the country have enjoyed the work of Music of the Baroque, which was the first professional chorus in America to have its own regularly scheduled nationwide broadcast series.
The chorus and orchestra of Music of the Baroque are comprised of approximately 60 professional musicians. Chorus members have active operatic and recital careers and many perform regularly both in the United States and abroad. Many members are also members of other leading ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera orchestras.