Music of the Baroque

Long recognized as one of Chicago’s leading classical groups and currently presenting its 43rd concert season, Music of the Baroque is a modern instrument chamber orchestra and chorus specializing in eighteenth-century repertoire. Over its history, the group has brought Chicago audiences premiere performances of many early masterpieces, drawing particular praise for its interpretations of the major choral works of J. S. Bach, Handel, Haydn,and Mozart.

The Chicago area’s finest professional musicians, including many who sing and play with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of Chicago, make up the Music of the Baroque Chorus and Orchestra.

Internationally acclaimed British conductor Jane Glover has been music director since 2002. Nicholas Kraemer is principal guest conductor, and William Jon Gray chorus director. Music of the Baroque performs regularly at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in downtown Chicago and at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, as well as at intimate city and suburban churches. Listeners across the country enjoy Music of the Baroque through recordings and regular broadcasts on WFMT Radio.

This performance marks Music of the Baroque’s La Jolla Music Society debut.

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Jane Glover

Jane Glover Director of opera at the Royal Academy of Music, acclaimed British conductor Jane Glover has been Music of the Baroque’s music director since 2002. She made her professional debut at the Wexford Festival in 1975, conducting her own edition of Cavalli’s L’Eritrea. She joined Glyndebourne in 1979 and was music director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera from 1981 until 1985. She was artistic director of the London Mozart Players from 1984 to 1991, and has also held principal conductorships of both the Huddersfield and the London Choral Societies.

Jane Glover has conducted all the major symphony and chamber orchestras in Britain, as well as orchestras in Europe, the United States, Asia, and Australia. In recent seasons she has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco, Houston, St. Louis, Sydney, and Toronto symphony orchestras, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the City of London Sinfonia, and with the period orchestras Philharmonia Baroque and the Handel and Haydn Society.

In demand on the international opera stage, Jane Glover has appeared with numerous companies including the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Glyndebourne, the Berlin Staatsoper, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Opera Australia, Chicago Opera Theater, Opéra National du Rhin, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Teatro La Fenice. Known as a Mozart specialist, she has conducted all the Mozart operas all over the world regularly since she first performed them at Glyndebourne in the 1980s. Her core operatic repertoire also
includes Monteverdi, Handel, and Britten. Highlights of recent seasons include The Turn of the Screw and Jephtha in Bordeaux, La clemenza di Tito with Chicago Opera Theater, The Rape of Lucretia and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Aspen Music Festival, Gluck’s Armide with Met Young Artists and Juilliard, Don Giovanni at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Eugene Onegin and the world premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ Kommilitonen! at the Royal Academy of Music.

Future engagements include Lucio Silla in Bordeaux, Die Zauberflöte in St. Louis, L’Allegro in Toronto with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and her debuts at the Metropolitan Opera and with the Cleveland Orchestra. Jane Glover’s discography includes a series of Mozart and Haydn symphonies with the London Mozart Players and recordings of Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Britten, and Walton with the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, and the BBC Singers. Recent releases include Handel’s Messiah (Signum) and Haydn Masses (Naxos). Her most recent book, Mozart’s Women, was nominated for both the
Samuel Johnson Prize and the Whitbread Prize for Non-Fiction. It is published in the U.S. by HarperCollins. Jane Glover studied at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, where after graduation she did her D.Phil on seventeenth-century Venetian opera. She was created a Commander of the British Empire in the 2003 New Year’s Honors.

***By the time of the LJMS performance, Jane will have made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera (on December 16, 2013).

William Jon Gray

William Jon Gray Named Music of the Baroque’s chorus director in 2010, William Jon Gray is chair of the choral department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he conducts the Pro Arte Singers, the University’s internationally recognized early music chamber choir, and teaches graduate-level conducting, choral literature, and score reading. He has been associate conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival in California, leading major choral and orchestral works and preparing performances with internationally renowned conductor Bruno Weil. He has also been assistant conductor of the Handel and
Haydn Society.

William Jon Gray has made guest appearances with orchestras and at festivals around the United States, including the Handel and Haydn Society, Princeton Festival, National Chamber Orchestra, Billings Symphony, and the Lafayette Symphony. In August 2010, he prepared the Grant Park Festival Chorus for performances of Dvořák’s Requiem in collaboration with Carlos Kalmar. He has prepared choruses for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the National Chamber Orchestra, and he currently serves as faculty director of opera choruses for the Indiana University Opera Theatre, collaborating with such notable directors as Tito Capobianco (La traviata), Colin Graham (Peter Grimes), Vincent Liotta (A View from the Bridge), and Tomer Zvulun (Faust). William Jon Gray served as artistic director of the Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra of Washington, DC, from 1986 to 1993, and was artistic director of the Bach Chorale Singers from 1994 to 2010, conducting more than 100 performances of major choral works. With the Bach Chorale Singers, he received national critical acclaim for the commercially released recording, “In Praise of the Organ: Latin Choral and Organ Music of Zoltán Kodály.” William Jon Gray studied at Indiana University, the Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, and Boston University. He performed frequently with Robert Shaw as a member of the Robert Shaw Festival Singers, both in recordings and in concerts in France and at Carnegie Hall.