Nicholas Kraemer - conductor“There is no finer Haydn conductor before the public and Kraemer, likewise, infused Handel’s music with a delightful lilt and infectious energy  … Leading stylishly from the harpsichord, Kraemer elicited a performance with a consistent, engaging smile much like the ebullient English conductor himself” Chicago Classical Review.  “The brisk British maestro happens to be one of today’s most respectable Handel interpreters … His Handelfest at Symphony Center on Thursday night was another reminder that he can be as lively and stylistically savvy when playing baroque music with modern symphony orchestras as he is with period-instrument ensembles.” Chicago Tribune

Nicholas Kraemer - conductorConductor Nicholas Kraemer appears with the Chicago Symphony  on December 1, 2 & 3. Kraemer returns to the orchestra following successful collaborations with the group directing Bach, Telemann, Haydn and Richard Strauss. This time he leads an all-Handel programme including the Music for the Royal Fireworks and Silete Venti with soprano Amanda Forsythe.

Nicholas Kraemer © Robert Carpenter TurnerCritical acclaim for Nicholas Kraemer’s Bach with the Chicago Symphony:  “Kraemer … is as comfortable playing Baroque repertory with symphony orchestras as with period-instrument groups. He had no trouble transferring his ideas about balance, scale, articulation and phrasing … Kraemer made adherence to matters of period style a means to an end rather than the end in itself. The end was vigorous and polished Bach playing. ” John von Rhein – Chicago Tribune

Nicholas Kraemer © Robert Carpenter TurnerConductor Nicholas Kraemer returns to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the complete Bach Brandenburg Concertos on November 20, 21, 22, 23 & 25. In addition, he will conduct the Civic Orchestra  & Chicago Chorale on November 24 in a programme of Elgar In the South – Alassio and the Mozart Mass in C Minor.