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 “riffs.. powered by a flashing blur of bow arm, [as they] rolled out with irresistible glee” (Washington Post).

Brandon J. Acker

Brandon J. Acker is a classical guitarist, recording engineer and specialist in early plucked instruments. 

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 see his first opera performance, Don Giovanni, at the Chicago Lyric Opera. The entire evening of music and performances was an unforgettable experience that has continued to influence him to this day.

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) and was particularly active in the field of contemporary music before going to the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland), where she specialized in medieval music under Andrea von Ramm.
Carolina Gomez

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 Performance Certificate from DePaul University, all in cello performance. She studied voice under the tutelage of Winifred Brown.

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 of his instrument during that period.
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.

Ellen Hargis

Soprano Ellen Hargis is one of America’s premier early music singers, specializing in repertoire ranging from ballads to opera and oratorio.

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 Symphony Chorus.

Frances Conover Fitch

Harpsichordist and organist Frances Conover Fitch has toured in North America, Europe, and Asia, and performs with major early music ensembles.

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 with soprano Ellen Hargis.
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 of Music, as well as Ravinia.

Javier Saume

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 of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He has performed with Rhonda Richmond, Reginald Veal, Herlin Riley, Cassandra Wilson, Badi Assad, Otros Aires and the Symphony Orchestra “Sistema de Orquestas Juveniles de Venezuela”.

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 University -where he studied performance practices with Dr. Ross Duffin and lute & baroque guitar with Dr. Scott Pauley- and a Master’s degree in Education from Northern Illinois University.

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 and Beethoven Ensemble, Vox 3 Collective, and continues to perform with The Newberry Consort.

Lucía Mier y Terán Romero

Born and raised in Mexico City, Lucía Mier y Terán Romero holds a bachelor’s degree in singing from UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico).  She holds and MA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago and continues her singing training with Ellen Hargis.

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 Company, Music Theater Works, and Wisconsin’s Music by the Lake festival.
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 soloist and chamber musician based in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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 the country. As artist in residence at Chicago’s Rockefeller Chapel since 2005, the Tribune’s John von Rhein has praised his “firm vocalism and beautiful timbre.”

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 with Maestro Rodrigo Riera at Lisandro Alvarado University and master classes with Alirio Díaz and Luis Zea.

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 University School of Music, where she earned a Master’s of Vocal Performance in 2004, and both a Bachelor’s of Vocal Performance (BM) and Music Education (BME) in 2002.
Oscar Arturo Osorio

Oscar Arturo Osorio

Oscar Arturo Osorio holds a BA in Music Performance from the Honduras’ National Conservatory, and a BA in Music with a minor in Business Management from Grace College. He studied voice with the nationally renowned vocal pedagogue Joan Wall, and Nicolai Gedda’s pupil and tenor Don Bernardini. Mr. Osorio has maintained an extensive music career in flute and voice and is excited to join the Newberry Consort concert series once again.
A Mexican Christmas

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 de Bellas Artes).

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.

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; he teaches music throughout the Chicago Public Schools.

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 in Early Music as a voice (with Laurie Monahan) and lute major (with Doug Freundlich) thanks to a scholarship awarded by Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA; a Master’s in Arts from Middle Tennessee State University (with William Yelverton) and a Bachelor in Music from Instituto Universitario de Estudios Musicales (in Venezuela, with Luis Zea) both in classical guitar.