Four Queens and a Joker International House University of Chicago

  • Sat, Apr 23, 2022 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • International House, University of Chicago

    1414 East 59th Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60637

Ticket Price $50.00 Buy Tickets

Games and cards were all the rage in the 17th and 18th centuries, and we present two pieces for four sopranos depicting lively matches! We’ll perform a comic intermezzo by 17th century composer Virgilio Mazzocchi depicting the hunting game of “La Civetta”, or the Little Owl.

This piece has long languished in obscurity, and we are collaborating with Italian scholar Aldo Roma to recreate the game on stage for you from his recent research.

We’ll also perform the 18th century Caldara cantata “Il Giuoco del Quadriglio”, or The Game of Quadrille. Ironically, Caldara was addicted to cards and left his widow in poverty because of his gaming debts! Full of snark, sass, and sarcasm, the text is set to gorgeous music with arias for sopranos with obbligato violin, recorder, and two mandolins. Singers will dance, the director will play, and our chamber orchestra will join in the fun. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see these pieces staged.

Join us for a post-concert complimentary reception and toast the last season of co-artistic directors Ellen Hargis and David Douglass!

This year for your comfort we have only general admission seating.  You will be free to choose the seat that is most comfortable and convenient for you, on a first-come, first-served basis. All our venues are ADA accessible. If you have special seating needs, just contact our general manager Chris at and we will be happy to help.



Date & Time

Sat, Apr 23, 2022 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Venue Details

International House, University of Chicago

1414 East 59th Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60637

International House, University of Chicago
The Newberry Consort

The Newberry Consort brings together singers and instrumentalists of the highest caliber to create accessible and historically informed performances of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music. We inspire audiences, musicians, and scholars by providing a window into earlier times and cultures through performance, education, and research.