I am just back from the Music of the Baroque concert - a program of comparative rarities. Especially pleasing was the Handel Concerto a due cori written for a 1747 production of Judas Maccabaeus. The two cori (choirs) of the title were Brass (4 horns) and woodwind (4 oboes and 3 bassoons). This was altogether magnificent - a splendid piece unknown to me. Handel borrowed bits and pieces from other works - but good for him. It was all his own work!
And we also had Haydn's delectable 98th symphony, written in London in early 1792 as he received news of Mozart's death on December 5 1791. We know the London Symphonies well of course - but Haydn is little enough performed in Chicago alas. So this was a real treat.
Nicholas Kraemer was on sparkling form - so I had a nice evening after a long day in the office. And on the bus on the way home on my 151 bus one of the COT audience, who has been living in Chicago for 50 years but was brought up and educated in Westphalia, started up a conversation. So we gossipped about Bertelsmann and Gütersloh. A good end!