Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $35, you get one general admission ticket to both Celestial Sirens and Les Caractères de la Danse, presented by The Newberry Consort at six venues (up to a $70 value). Choose one performance date for each of the following programs:
- Celestial Sirens:
- Friday, January 20, at Saint Clement Church at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, January 21, at the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel at 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 22, at the Alice Millar Chapel in Evanston at 3 p.m.<p>
- Les Caractères de la Danse:
- Friday, April 13, at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, April 14, at the International House at the University of Chicago at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, April 15, at Lutkin Memorial Hall in Evanston at 3 p.m.<p>
Students are admitted to all performances for $5 each.
The Newberry Consort’s intrepid band of early-music aficionados unpacks rarely performed music from the 13th–18th centuries, drawn from the Newberry Library’s extensive collections. Celestial Sirens treats ears to music from the convents of Italy and Mexico, singing nun-composed pieces intended for worship and shaming congregation members who fell asleep in church. Les Caractères de la Danse recreates 18th-century entertainments with the help of renowned baroque dancers Paige Whitley-Bauguess and Thomas Baird, who perform a series of period dances while the ensemble’s violin, harpsichord, and vocalists conjure a jovial mood. Pre-concert lectures begin an hour before each show, edifying curious minds with information about when the music was composed and when in the program it’s appropriate to stand up and hug the cellist.