Marion Consort – Early Music Series 2015-2016

4 p.m. Sun., Jan. 10 at the Byron Colby Barn

Marion Consort_editedThe celestial voices of The Marion Consort return to the  Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn, which features highly acclaimed musicians performing music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Admission is $20 for adults and is available at the door only via cash or check (no credit cards). To inspire early appreciation for the arts, children under 16 are admitted free.

Before the Renaissance, composers of the Middle Ages wrote haunting polyphony that is rarely performed today. Join The Marion Consort as they explore the beginnings of vocal polyphony from organum of the 9th century to polyphony of the late 15th century. As the premier Chicago choral ensemble for a cappella early music, The Marion Consort explores the works of both familiar and lesser known composers. This concert will feature both sacred and secular polyphony ranging from Notre Dame conductus and Montpellier motets to Machaut’s Kyrie and Dufay’s rondeaus.

The Marion Consort, under the artistic direction of Amy Bearden, is a Chicago choral ensemble specializing in choral music of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Since forming in November of 2010, The Marion Consort have performed in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Arlington Heights. In August of 2011, they performed at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of the Classical Music Mondays series. They have also been featured on Milwaukee Public Radio’s “Lake Effect” with Bonnie North and the Ars Antigua Presents podcast with Peter Van de Graff. The Marion Consort can divide into duos, trios, octets, etc. for a well-rounded and blended performance.

Incredible music and architectural beauty combine to create a unique concert experience at the Byron Colby Barn. The Byron Colby Barn is located at 1561 Jones Point Road in Grayslake, inside the Prairie Crossing conservation community. From I-94 north, exit Route 120 west, turn south at Route 45, then right at Jones Point Road. Ample free parking is located in the parking lot adjacent to the Barn. Audience members are welcome to bring a bottle of wine to share with friends during performances. Click here to learn more about the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn.