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 this GrouponLive deal: for $17, you get one general-admission ticket to Les Caractères de la Danse, presented by The Newberry Consort (up to a $35 value). Choose from the following performances:
- Friday, April 13, at 8 p.m. at The Ruth Page Center for the Arts
- Saturday, April 14, at 8 p.m. at the Assembly Hall at the University of Chicago’s International House
- Sunday, April 15, at 3 p.m. at Northwestern University’s Lutkin Hall in Evanston<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. Les Caractères de la Danse recreates 18th-century entertainment 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. In a performance hailed by critics from New York to London, the dancers take on a series of 18th-century personas—the shepherd, the nymph, the sailor, and the wealthy wig baron, made obsolete by the bald coal magnates of the Industrial era.