2021-2022 newberry consort concert season

We’re back LIVE for another fabulous season!

Our 2021-22 season offers you new delights and old favorites. Join us for the opening celebration and three thrilling concerts throughout the year!

OCTOBER 30, 2021

WELCOME BACK

GALA

at the Halim Museum Wisteria Room

Dinner & musical entertainment, featuring our future Artistic Director (2022–2023 season), Liza Malamut.

***Proof of vaccination from Covid-19 will be required and social distancing and masking protocols will be observed to ensure the safety of our audience and musicians.

season and gala

all tickets are $50 general admission 

A Mexican Christmas

DECEMBER 2, 3, 5, 2021

This one-of-a-kind concert celebrates the music of the streets and convents of 17th century Mexico. Our convent ensemble will ravish your senses with elegant music and evocative poetry, sung by eight female voices and played by organ, harp, bajón, guitar, sacbut, and viol.

EnsAmble Ad-Hoc’s villancico ensemble will have you dancing in your seats with its infectious rhythms, colorful texts and exotic sounds of traditional instruments.

They bring an arsenal: percussion, including a burro’s jawbone, harp, violins, and descendants of the Spanish guitar, including jaranas (jaranas mosquito & tercera), requinto, huapanguera guitar, and leona. Join us for this beloved holiday tradition!

General Admission $50

José Luis Posada and Francy Acosta

José Luis Posada and Francy Acosta

Covent Women's Ensemble

DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS

Thur., Dec. 2, 2021 8:00 PM
St. John Cantius Church
825 North Carpenter Street, Chicago, IL

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Fri., Dec. 3, 2021 8:00 PM
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
939 Hinman Avenue, Evanston, IL

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Sun., Dec. 5, 2021 3:00 PM
Mother of the Americas Parish (formerly known as Our Lady of Tepeyac)
2226 South Whipple Street, Chicago, IL

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THE ARTISTS

Convent Ensemble
Ellen Hargis, soprano and director
Elena Mullins, soprano
Lucía Mier y Terán Romero, soprano
Salomé Sandoval, soprano and baroque guitar
Allison Selby Cook, mezzo-soprano
Ashley Mulcahy, mezzo-soprano
Beverly Simmons, alto
Candace Smith, alto
Claire Happel Ashe, harp
Rachel Begley, bajón
Frances Conover Fitch, organ
Liza Malamut, trombone
Katherine Shuldiner, viol

Villancico Ensemble
Francy Acosta, soprano and director
Gisella Milla, soprano
Carolina Gómez, soprano
Nythia Martinez, alto
Magaly Cordero, alto
Arturo Osorio, tenor
Raul Fernandez, jarana
Jose Luis Posada, director, baroque guitar
Zacbe Pichardo, harp
Marcel Bonfim, Leona
Javier Saume, percussion
with guests
David Douglass, violin
Kiyoe Matsuura, violin
Brandon Acker, baroque guitar
Matthew Dean, tenor
Eric Miranda, baritone

Shawn Keener, projection design

Music fit for the Medicis

FEBRUARY 18, 19, 20, 2022

The 15th-century Italian banker Cosimo de’ Medici is known for establishing his family in the world of finance, but he also he collected and preserved music by the best Florentine composers of the previous decades, including Francesco Landini, Jacopo da Bologna, and Lorenzo da Firenze.

We will draw from Medici music collections which include lively music for dancing, gorgeous and complex polyphony, and songs with lyrics by Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio.

This performance by singers and medieval strings, harp, lute, and percussion, and organetto together with Shawn Keener’s graphics and supertitle translations will evoke the rich tapestry of life at the Medici court.

General Admission $50

Catalina Vicens

Catalina Vicens

DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS

Fri., Feb. 18, 2022 8:00 PM
St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Old Town
1633 North Cleveland Avenue, Chicago, IL

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Sat., Feb. 19, 2022 8:00 PM
International House
University of Chicago
1414 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL

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Sun., Feb. 20, 2022 3:00 PM
Galvin Recital Hall
Bienen School of Music
Northwestern University
70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL

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ARTISTS
David Douglass, director and medieval strings
Allison Monroe, medieval strings and harp
Catalina Vicens*, organetto
Mark Rimple, lute, psaltery and citole
Danny Mallon, percussion
Salomé Sandoval, soprano and citole
Ellen Hargis, director and soprano
Matthew Dean, tenor

Shawn Keener, projection design

*Ms. Vicens’ participation is contingent upon the U.S. State Department policies on international travel.

Four Queens and a Joker

APRIL 22, 23, 24, 2022

Games and cards were all the rage in the 17th and 18th centuries, and we present two pieces for four sopranos depicting lively matches! We’ll perform a comic intermezzo by 17th century composer Virgilio Mazzocchi depicting the hunting game of “La Civetta”, or the Little Owl.

This piece has long languished in obscurity, and we are collaborating with Italian scholar Aldo Roma to recreate the game on stage for you from his recent research.

We’ll also perform the 18th century Caldara cantata “Il Giuoco del Quadriglio”, or The Game of Quadrille. Ironically, Caldara was addicted to cards and left his widow in poverty because of his gaming debts! Full of snark, sass, and sarcasm, the text is set to gorgeous music with arias for sopranos with obbligato violin, recorder, and two mandolins. Singers will dance, the director will play, and our chamber orchestra will join in the fun. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see these pieces staged.

General Admission $50

Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière

Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière

DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS

Fri., Apr. 22, 2022 8:00 PM
Hairpin Arts Center
Logan Square
2810 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL

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Sat., Apr. 23, 2022 8:00 PM
International House
University of Chicago
1414 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL

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Sun., Apr. 24, 2022 3:00 PM
Galvin Recital Hall
Bienen School of Music
Northwestern University
70 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL

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ARTISTS
Ellen Hargis, soprano and director
Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, dancer and staging director
Lucía Mier y Terán Romero, soprano
Salomé Sandoval, soprano
Allison Selby Cook, mezzo-soprano
Allison Monroe, violin
Brandi Berry Benson, violin
David Douglass, viola, director
Jeremy David Ward, bass violin
Charles Metz, harpsichord
Claire Happel Ashe, triple harp
Brandon Acker, mandolin, theorbo and guitar
Daniel Swenberg, mandolin, theorbo

Shawn Keener, projection design

This year for your comfort we have only general admission seating.  You will be free to choose the seat that is most comfortable and convenient for you, on a first-come, first-served basis. All our venues are ADA accessible.

If you have special seating needs, just contact our general manager Chris by clicking the Contact Us button below and we will be happy to help.