When Modern Was: A Dialogue with Past and Present

Thursday, Apr 4, 2019 6 – 7:30 pm

50 E. Erie
Murphy Auditorium
Chicago, IL 60611

BUY TICKETS : Members: $20 Adult: $30 Students: $10

Every age has seen Modernism challenge the status quo in the arts, and redefine how audiences perceive “Classical” aesthetics. In the 17thcentury, musical modernism took the form of a wild new style - the StylusPhantasticus - that pushed conventional genres and techniques to their limits. Experience this groundbreaking music through such visionary composers as Buxtehude, Biber, and Schmelzer, Telemann, and Bach. Explore the parallels with how the Driehaus Museum, in its 10th year, is looking forward by pushing its own boundaries, questioning the status quo, and inspiring a whole new generation with its contemporary art initiative, A Tale of Today.


Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Trio Sonata in A Minor, Op. 1 Nr. 3, BuxWV 254

Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1620/23-1680)
Sonata Seconda, from Sonatae unarum fidium

Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto in C Major, BWV 976 (1st Movement)

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Sonata in E Minor for Viola da gamba and Continuo, TWV 41:e5

Heinrich Franz Ignaz Biber (1644-1704)
Violin Sonata No. 3 in F Major

Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata in G minor for Harpsichord and Viola da gamba, BWV 1029

Dieterich Buxtehude
Trio Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 2 Nr. 1, BuxWV 255

Susannah Foster, baroque violin
Shirley Hunt, viola da gamba
Jason J. Moy, harpsichord and Artistic Director of Ars Musica Chicago

Image: Karl Friedrich Thiele, Design for The Magic Flute: The Hall of Stars in the Palace of the Queen of the Night, Act 1, Scene 6, The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1954