New Comma Baroque – Early Music Series

4 p.m. Sun., Nov. 16 at the Byron Colby Barn

EMS_New Comma Baroque_editedNew Comma Baroque‘s Nov. 16 concert opens the 13th annual season of the Early Music Series which features highly acclaimed musicians performing music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods. Admission is $18 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.

New Comma Baroque presents “In the Hall of the Prussian King: Virtuosity at the Court of Frederick the Great”, an electrifying celebration of 300 years of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Frederick II of Prussia, a composer and flutist, surrounded himself with the greatest musicians of his day. New Comma Baroque (Leighann Daihl, traverso; Phillip W. Serna, viola da gamba; Emily Jane Katayama, harpsichord) explores C.P.E. Bach’s dramatic works alongside sublime gems by his contemporaries: Karl Heinrich Graun, Ernst Christian Hesse, Johann Christian Hertel, and Johann Joachim Quantz.

Dedicated to re-engaging modern audiences through historically-informed performance and emphasizing a strong sense of cultural context and diversity in the concert hall and beyond, New Comma Baroque’s performances demonstrate colorful, spirited, dynamic and collaborative programming – always thinking outside the ‘Bachs.’ Committed to community engagement and educational outreach, New Comma Baroque works closely with Illinois’ first period-instrument public school Baroque orchestra at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. Embark on vibrant, new and electrifying ways of experiencing Early Music with New Comma Baroque – bold historically-informed performance. Period.

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.