Thomas Wikman, Conductor
Founder and Music Director 1972-2001
Music of the Baroque
In 1972 Mr. Wikman founded Chicago's Music of the Baroque, a professional chorus and orchestra devoted to the great masterworks of the Baroque and Classic eras. The group presented its subscription series at multiple venues, including Chicago churches chosen for their acoustic and architectural excellence. Under Wikman's leadership, MOB gave dozens of concerts annually to great critical acclaim.
During Wikman's tenure, MOB was the first organization of its kind to have national radio syndication and wide European distribution. For three consecutive years, his broadcasts were voted the best syndicated program on classical radio (above such august organizations as the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Montreal Symphony) by more than 200 station managers.
MOB specialized in the large works of Bach (B minor mass, Matthew Passion, John Passion, Christmas Oratorio, etc.) and also mounted many large-scale revivals of Handel oratorios and operas (Theodora, Samson, Jephtha, Semele, Alexander's Feast, Saul, Deborah, Athaliah, Hercules, L'Allegro ed il Penseroso), as well as operas of Monteverdi, Cavalli and Cesti.