This just in: The WFMT Radio Network, which produces the opera series we air from May-November, has recently announced some updates to the October schedule. WFMT is proud to partner with Music of the Baroque to present three performances by Handel: Judas Maccabaeus, Israel in Egypt, and Acis and Galatea.

Under the direction of internationally acclaimed British conductor Jane Glover, Music of the Baroque occupies a special place in the rich cultural life of Chicago. Long recognized as one of the region’s top classical groups, Music of the Baroque’s professional chorus and orchestra is one of the leading ensembles in the country devoted to the performance of eighteenth-century works.

Over the past four decades, Music of the Baroque has presented premiere performances of many early masterpieces, including Monteverdi’s operas and 1610 Vespers, Georg Philipp Telemann’s Day of Judgment, Mozart’s Idomeneo, and numerous Handel operas and oratorios. The ensemble has drawn particular praise throughout its history for its performances of the major choral and orchestral works of J. S. Bach and Handel, Mozart, and Haydn.

Opera News calls Music of the Baroque “one of Chicago’s musical glories” and the Chicago Sun-Times writes, “Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra may be the big guys on the local classical music scene, but in terms of sheer quality of performance…Music of the Baroque inhabits the same stratosphere.”

If you’re a fan of early music, you won’t want to miss these special broadcasts! Tune in Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. on WHRO FM.

Music of the Baroque:
October 5 Handel: Judas Maccabaeus
October 12 Handel: Israel in Egypt
October 19 Handel: Acis and Galatea

October 26 Puccini: Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica

Note: We received this update from WFMT after the October issue of Dimensions went to print, so this new schedule replaces what is listed on the Dimensions Radio Schedules page. We apologize for any confusion.