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Nothing To Fix In Music of Baroque

Pioneer Press  Sunday, November 2, 1995
by Dorothy Andries, Music Critic

Precision and poetry.  That's what the Music of the Baroque delivered Oct. 23 when it opened its season at First United Methodist Church in Evanston with an all-Mozart program.

First we heard an impeccable performance of the composer's Symphony No. 28, followed by the Requiem.  The latter was never finished and will be forever linked, for millions of us, to the tragic, and probably fabricated tale in "Amadeus."

Music director Thomas Wikman chose a version of the Requiem completed soon after Mozart's death.  Whether it is the best completion is moot.  It was performed with exquisite precision and heartfelt emotion.

The Music of the Baroque chorus has less than 30 voices, but it is an instrument of flexibility and depth.  Soloists, soprano Patrice Michael Bedi. alto Karen Brunssen, tenor William Watson and bass Peter Van de Graaff are chorus members as well.  That attests to the caliber of singers Wikman is able to attract to this prestigious organization.

The MOB's next concert, Charpentier's Midnight Mass for Christmas, is Nov. 14 at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Evanston.

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