December 14-16, 2018

2018 DECEMBER 14, 8 pm St. Clement Church,
642 W Deming Pl, Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL 60614

**SOLD OUT** 2018 DECEMBER 15, 8 pm Bond Chapel, The University of Chicago,
1050 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637

2018 DECEMBER 16, 3 pm First United Methodist Church,
516 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201

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Special Holiday Event*

A Mexican Christmas: Angels in the Convent, Dancing in the Streets

Imagine yourself in 17th-century Mexico City. It’s Christmas and the glorious singing of cloistered nuns soars over the walls of their convent and fills the square. On the other side of the plaza, a street band plays villancicos — joyful folk music of praise and celebration.

This sumptuous program will feature a choir of women’s voices, directed by Ellen Hargis, singing the music of the convent, as well as musicians from EnsAmble Ad-Hoc, a group that specializes in Latin American and Spanish early music led by specialists Francy Acosta and Jose Luis Posada. These musicians will create the rich, jubilant folk music that would have been heard in the plazas at Christmas.

Convidando está la Noche

by Juan García de Zéspedes, featuring Ellen Hargis with The Harp Consort

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Brandi Berry Benson

Brandi Berry Benson Violinist and 3Arts awardee Brandi Berry Benson, whose “four-string acrobatics” and “indispensable skill” (TimeOut Chicago) have been praised as “alert [and] outstanding” (Chicago Classical Review), as her […]

Brandon Acker

Brandon Acker Brandon J. Acker is a classical guitarist, recording engineer and specialist in early plucked instruments.  He has toured extensively in England, Scotland, Wales and Canada and performed with notable […]

Camilo Rasquin

Camilo Rasquin Camilo Rasquin is a tenor originally from Venezuela with a Masters in Music, from Northeastern Illinois University. When he was fourteen years old, he was fortunate enough to […]

Candace Smith

Candace Smith Candace Smith was born in Los Angeles but has lived in Europe since 1975 (in Italy since 1978). She received her Bachelor’s Degree in music in California (CSUN) […]

Carolina Gómez

Carolina Gómez A native of Colombia, Carolina Gómez has been singing in choirs since the age of 8. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University and a Master and […]

David Douglass

David Douglass Although the bowed string instruments most overwhelmingly associated with the Renaissance period are the various viols (particularly the viola da gamba), David Douglass became interested in the use […]

Elena Mullins

Elena Mullins Praised for her “alluring” performances and “easy virtuosity,” soprano Elena Mullins has wide-ranging interests in the fields of early music and dance. As a performer of period chamber […]

Ellen Hargis

Ellen Hargis Soprano Ellen Hargis is one of America’s premier early music singers, specializing in repertoire ranging from ballads to opera and oratorio. She has worked with many of the foremost period […]

Eric Miranda

Eric Miranda Eric Miranda’s varied singing career spans two decades and has included solo appearances at Orchestra Hall, at the Ravinia Festival, and in Millennium Park with the Grant Park […]

Frances Conover Fitch

Frances Conover Fitch Harpsichordist and organist Frances Conover Fitch has toured in North America, Europe, and Asia, and performs with major early music ensembles. Upon finishing studies with Gustav Leonhardt […]

Francy Acosta

Francy Acosta Francy Acosta holds a D. M. A in Early Music from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH), where she studied performance practice with Dr. Ross Duffin and voice […]

Jade Maze

Jade Maze

Jade Maze Jade J. Maze is a singer, composer, and educator in Chicago. She has an MM in classical vocal performance from Northwestern University and teaches at the Merit School […]

Javier Saume

Javier Suame Javier Saume Mazzei (Drums/ Percussion) A native of Caracas, Venezuela, and began playing percussion at the age of eight. He holds a BA in music from the College […]

José Luis Posada

José Luis Posada José Luis Posada pursued undergraduate studies in Music Education at Universidad Pedagógica Nacional (Bogotá). He holds a M.A in Early Music Performance Practice from Case Western Reserve […]

Katherine Shuldiner

Katherine Shuldiner Katherine Shuldiner graduated from Oberlin Conservatory in viola da gamba performance under the tutelage of Catharina Meints. She has performed with Chicago based ensembles such as BBE: Bach […]

Lucía Mier y Terán Romero

Lucía Mier yTerán Romero Born and raised in Mexico City, she holds a bachelor’s degree in singing from UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico). In 2011 she received a scholarship to perform rediscovered Mexican Music; with […]

Magaly Cordero

Magaly Cordero Magaly Cordero has performed operatic roles with the Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, Evanston’s The Savoyaires, and Chamber Opera Chicago.  She has also sung with the South Shore Opera […]

Margaret Carpenter Haigh

Margaret Carpenter Haigh

Margaret Carpenter Haigh Hailed for her “perfect vocalism”and described as “fiery, wild, and dangerous” (Classical Voice North Carolina)with “a talent for character portrayal” (Chicago Classical Review), soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh is a […]

Matthew Dean

Matthew Dean A tenor “setting the tone” (Pittsburgh Music Alliance) with “affecting line” (Boston Classical Review), Matthew Dean is a sought-after soloist, collaborator, and storyteller in ensembles and oratorios around […]

Ney Alliey

Ney Alliey Venezuelan guitarist, Ney Alliey graduated at 19 years old from the Maracaibo Conservatory of Music “José Luis Paz” with professors Ciro Adarme and Gerardo Soto, followed graduate studies […]

Nythia Martinez

Nythia Martinez Nythia Martinez has had the privilege of being choral and musical theater director at Northside College Preparatory High School since 2004. Nythia is a graduate of the Indiana […]

Oscar Arturo Osorio

Oscar Arturo Osorio

Oscar Arturo Osorio Oscar Arturo Osorio obtained his bachelor’s degree in Musicfrom the Honduras National Conservatory in 1997. At age 14 he began performing flute and piccolo with the National […]

A Mexican Christmas

Patricio Leija

Patricio Leija Patricio Leija (leona) studied classical guitar at the Escuela Nacional de Música de la UNAM (Mexico, D.F.) and jazz at the Escuela Superior de Música del INBA(Instituto Nacional […]

Rachel Begley

Rachel Begley Rachel Begley performs with ensembles across North America, and has been hailed for her virtuosic  and sensitive playing on both recorders and historical bassoons. Recent performing and recording […]

Renato Cerón

Renato Cerón Renato Cerón (harp) is a multi-instrumentalist musician and a Grammy and Latin Grammy nominee recording artist, as well as an educator. He has been involved in education since 1996; […]

Salome McNutt Sandoval

Salomé Sandoval

Salomé Sandoval Salomé Sandoval sings and plays a variety of fretted string instruments such as lutes, early and classical guitars. A native of Venezuela, Salomé holds a Graduate Performance Diploma […]