UC Presents opens season with a musical night at a 17th-century pub

Chicago Classical Review

By Tim Sawyier

The Norwegian baroque ensemble Barokksolistene kicked off the University of Chicago Presents’ 2017-18 season Friday night in the Assembly Room of International House. The first stop on their inaugural U.S. tour, Barokksolistene performed a program entitled “An Alehouse Session,” which made for an unexpected and singularly entertaining evening.

Barokksolistene is a consort consisting of strings, baroque guitars, and harpsichord that was founded in 2005 and performs under the direction of “bandleader” and violinist Bjarte Eike. “The Alehouse Sessions” is the group’s signature project, a dynamic exploration of the artistic culture of the 17th-century English pub.

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