Second City Musick – Early Music Series 2016-2017

4 p.m. Sun., Nov. 20 at the Byron Colby Barn

Craig Trompeter, Russell Wagner, Anna Steinhoff at the Planetarium, Chicago, May 30, 2013Revel in the artistic splendor of Second City Musick’s performance as they open the 15th season of 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.

For this program, Second City Musick goes back to the very beginning. Music has been around for thousands of years, but the first book of printed music was published in 1501. A man by the name of Ottaviano Petrucci compiled nearly 100 of the best and most famous secular tunes of the day into a book that he aptly titled Harmonice Musices Odhecaton, or 100 Songs of Harmonic Music. Second City Musick will perform some of their favorite works from this collection by composers such as Josquin des Prez and Jacob Obrecht, and they will challenge the audience to choose their favorite rendition of the classic pop song of the day, “Tandernaken.” Travel back in time to the15th century and explore this beautiful and rarely performed music!

Second City Musick is a consort of viols based in Chicago. Composed of Craig Trompeter, Anna Steinhoff and Russell Wagner, Second City Musick specializes in 16th-18th century music for the viola da gamba consort, bringing this finely crafted chamber music into the lives of modern-day music lovers. Craig, Anna and Russell are leading members of the early music community in Chicago who have founded other ensembles such as the Haymarket Opera Company and Wayward Sisters, and regularly perform with Baroque Band, Callipygian Players, and Music of the Baroque. Second City Musick recently had the opportunity to with world renowned composer, John Harbison, and gave the world premiere of his new work “The Cross of Snow.”