Wayward Sisters will be joined by soprano Kathryn Mueller for "Frenzy and Fire: Music Gone Mad" at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, in Naperville.
"From the frenzied stamping of the folia dance, to the heartbroken howls of operatic heroines, madness set to music can terrify, stir and delight," said concert organizers.
They note that the soprano, praised as "a star in the making" by The Albuquerque Journal, joins Wayward Sisters for a dervish whirl through music by Vivaldi, Handel, Purcell and other composers.
Founded in 2009, Wayward Sisters uses period instruments and historical performance practices to create energetic interpretations of music from the 17th and 18th centuries. Critics have praised Wayward Sisters’ “polished and spirited playing” and “alert, stylish performances” (Chicago Classical Review), and the group has appeared on early music series across the United States.
In 2011, Wayward Sisters won the Early Music America/Naxos competition and recording contract. In 2010, the Newberry Consort showcased Wayward Sisters on its series as Emerging Artists to watch.
Wayward Sisters consists of Beth Wenstrom (baroque violin), whose performances have been described by The New Yorker as "elegant and sensual, stylishly wild," Anne Timberlake (recorders), Anna Steinhoff (baroque cello and viola da gamba), and John Lenti (theorbo and guitar), whose playing has been described as “a joy to behold” (Seattle Times) and praised for its “nuanced beauty and character” (Gramophone).
The concert is set in Bethany Lutheran Church, 1550 Modaff Road. Suggested donation is $15, $5 for youth.
For more information on the artists, visit www.waywardsisters.com.