Found sound: Chicago Arts Orchestra Baroque Ensemble
The Chicago Arts Orchestra Baroque Ensemble has made a specialty of presenting largely forgotten music that has languished in the archives of colonial-era Mexican cathedrals. The group, directed by Javier José Mendoza, appears in the intimate San Miguel Chapel (401 Old Santa Fe Trail) to perform vocal and instrumental works from 18th-century Mexico and Spain, including the first performance in modern times of a Dixit Dominus for two sopranos by Ignacio Jerusalem (1707-1769), who served as maestro de capilla (music director) at the Mexico City Cathedral beginning in 1750. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, preceded at 7:30 p.m. by a talk by Drew Edward Davies, a musicologist from Northwestern University. Tickets ($25) are available in advance through www.chicagoartsorchestra.org and in principle at the door, although the space cannot accommodate a large audience.
— James M. Keller