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Chicago Baroque Ensemble

The Chicago Baroque Ensemble was formed in 1993 to perform music of the 17th and early 18th centuries on period instruments.

The Chicago Baroque Ensemble was formed in 1993 to perform music of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries on period instruments. To date the Ensemble has produced six seasons of critically acclaimed, sold-out concerts as well as eight live broadcast concerts on WFMT radio, three commercially released compact discs, educational programs for both musicians and general audiences, and been presented on numerous concert series, including the Boston Early Music Festival and the Howard Mayer Brown Early Music Series at the University of Chicago. Special projects have included collaborations with His Majestie’s Clerkes, The Newberry Consort, recorder virtuoso Aldo Abreu, violinist Rachel Barton, and viola da gambist Mary Springfels. CBE’s programs transport listeners to the cultural centers of early modern Europe and help the audience to share the spirit of the music making. The Chicago Tribune has called the Chicago Baroque Ensemble’s concerts “stylish and caring performances by what has already turned out to be a most accomplished group of period-instrument virtuosi.”

(Members of the Chicago Baroque Ensemble: Anita Miller-Rieder, transverse flute; Christopher Verrette and Jeri-Lou Zike, violins; Susan Rozendaal, viola; John Mark Rozendaal, viola da gamba; Jerry Fuller, violone; and David Schrader, harpsichord.)