The end of an era for the Newberry Consort

M.L. Rantala, Hyde Park Herald classical music critic | Apr 25, 2022 Updated Apr 28, 2022 There was anticipation in the air Saturday night at International House here in Hyde Park as a substantial audience formed to hear the Newberry Consort. There was also a warm and sunny feeling among the crowd. They had gathered knowing that this would be the last Hyde Park concert for David Douglass and Ellen Hargis as co-directors of the group. (Their final concert would be the following night in...

David Douglass and Ellen Hargis led the Newberry Consort for 15 years as co-directors. The husband and wife team retired from their leadership posts with the end of this season.

Newberry Consort directors sign off with a charming, convivial farewell

It wasn’t always fun and games for the Newberry Consort over the past 35 years as Chicago’s pioneering ensemble for historically informed performance braved various crises to build a local following for early music. But “The Newbs” not only survived but flourished. And with longtime members David Douglass and his wife, Ellen Hargis leading it onward and decidedly upward as co-artistic directors over the last 15 years, it remains a model for every other specialized group of its kind. After...

Ellen Hargis and David Douglass acknowledge applause in their final concert as co-artistic directors of the Newberry Consort. Photo: Chris Stavrou