Music of the Baroque announces 2021-22 season, including ‘Messiah’

Music director Jane Glover directs two major choral works, according to Sunday’s announcement: Bach’s “Easter Oratorio” in April and Haydn’s “Creation” Mass in May. And for the holidays, guest conductor Nicholas Kraemer will lead Thanksgiving performances of Handel’s “Messiah,” a rare selection for the ensemble.

Music of the Baroque also returns to the outdoors for its second “Baroque in the Park” at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park Sept. 10, featuring the Strong Voices Choir, part of the ensemble’s program in Chicago Public Schools.

Most performances take place at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts (9501 Skokie Blvd.) in Skokie and at the Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph St.) in Millennium Park. Subscriptions for the 2021-22 concert season are on sale now at 312-551-1414 and Single tickets will go on sale in late August.

3 p.m. Sept. 19 at the North Shore Center and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Harris. With the world premiere of composer Stacy Garrop’s “Spectacle of Light” plus Handel’s “Water Music” Suite No. 2, “Music for the Royal Fireworks” and Concerto a due cori No. 1; and Telemann’s Concerto No. 1 for 3 Trumpets. With Music of the Baroque Chorus and Orchestra; Glover as conductor; Barbara Butler, Tage Larsen and Channing Philbrick, trumpets.