The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Chicago Office of Tourism have announced the details of the first Chicago Early Music Festival to be held from April 20 to 25. The festival will feature free and ticketed concerts, workshops, lectures, and master classes by leading Chicago-based ensembles and organizations such as Chicago Opera Theater, University of Chicago Presents, Baroque Band, and International Music Foundation. Among scheduled events are an all-Vivaldi concert featuring violinist Garry Clarke and the period-instrument orchestra Baroque Band performing L’Estro Armonico and eight concerti; a Baroque dance performance by Paige Whitley-Bauguess accompanied by the Bach and Beethoven Ensemble; a screening of the 1912 silent film Elizabeth I, with the Newberry Consort providing a live soundtrack of Elizabethan music; and the Chicago Opera Theater’s production of Francesco Cavalli’s Giasone. Festival venues include the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park; Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center; Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago; Harris Theater; the St. James Cathedral; and the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.

Posted March 25, 2010