Found sound: Chicago Arts Orches­tra Baroque En­sem­ble

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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.chicagoart­sor­ches­ and in prin­ci­ple at the door, although the space can­not ac­com­mo­date a large au­di­ence.

— James M. Keller

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