An interview with Dr. Robert Kendrickour pre-concert lecturer!
We are so looking forward to the pre-concert chats at our upcoming performances of The Empress. At all three concerts, Dr. Robert L. Kendrick will be sharing his insights into Margarita Teresa’s fascinating life at the court of the Holy Roman Empire, as well as more information about Antonio Cesti and 17th-century opera convention more broadly. Dr. Kendrick is the William Colvin Professor in Music, Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago, where he pursues a range of research subjects, including early modern music and culture, with additional interests in Latin American music, historical anthropology, traditional Mediterranean polyphony, music and commemoration, and the visual arts.
18, 19, 20
Pictured is Velazquez’s famed “Las Meninas” painting, in which young Margarita Teresa figures prominently.
We recently sent Dr. Kendrick a list of get-to-know you questions – read on to learn a bit more about him and why he loves researching the Habsburgs. And don’t forget, tickets to these unique concerts are on sale now!
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And for a preview of the style of music you’ll hear at these concerts, here’s a clip from Cesti’s Il Pomo d’Oro, from the one production which seems to have taken place in the 1980s, with English (and Greek) subtitles.
Thank you, Dr. Kendrick! His pre-concert chats will take place 30 mins prior to each performance of The Empress, October 18th, 19th, and 20th. So don’t delay, purchase your tickets today! We’ll see you soon!
The Newberry Consort will present excerpts from the third act of this titanic baroque opera with a top-notch group of locally and internationally-acclaimed instrumentalists and singers.
Additionally, the ensemble will perform a comic version of the Orfeo myth intermezzo penned by Emperor Leopold himself. Instrumental interludes by Johann Schmelzer, a favorite court composer, complete the program.
Lush projections by Shawn Keener will lend a striking visual component to the performances.
Don’t miss your once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear this amazing music live – order your tickets today!
18, 19, 20