With founder and artistic director Garry Clarke taking a year’s leave of absence, concerts will be led by guest conductors.
Opening the season on Sept. 18-21 will be a program of Baroque concertos directed by British violinist Simon Standage, founding concertmaster of the English Concert and director of Collegium Musicum 90. He will perform and conduct works by J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Tomaso Albinoni and others.
Another Englishman, Ian Watson, will take charge of concerts Jan. 15-18. Watson, who serves as principal keyboardist with the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, will preside over a program of concerti grossi and sinfonias by Locatelli, Avison, Geminiani and others.
Chicago harpsichordist David Schrader, one of the ensemble’s founding members, will step to the fore March 19-22 for a program that holds Bach’s Triple Concerto, string symphonies by Bach’s son Carl Philipp Emanuel, and Telemann’s “Don Quixote” Suite.
Joan Plana, a Spanish violinist who was recently appointed Baroque Band concertmaster, will direct the season finale, June 6-11, an exploration of works by Vivaldi and composers who fell under his influence.
Concerts will be given at the group’s regular venues in downtown Chicago, Hyde Park and Evanston. Further information is available at baroqueband.org, or by calling 312-235-2368.