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We tend to think of Music of the Baroque as masters of reviving grand-scale 17th- and 18th-century choral works, but for some time now its cantata series has revealed them to be just as zesty and assured with the more intimate, less ambitious gems of the Baroque repertoire. This season opener, like the series in general, is devoted to the music of Bach--not surprising given that Bach churned out more than 250 cantatas as a cantor in Leipzig. The concert also gives the MOB the opportunity to trot out some of the top-notch soloists who've appeared with the group over the years. Handel specialist Linda Mabbs and MOB's ace trumpeter Charles Geyer are paired up for Cantata no. 51, "Jauchzet Gott." Three harpsichord wizzes--MOB regulars David Schrader and Michael Bahmann and the more famous Igor Kipnis--join force for the delightful and upbeat Concerto no. 1. Last but not least, Elliot Golub takes his turn under the spotlight in the lovely Violin Concerto no. 2. As usual, maestro Thomas Wikman can be counted on to have the chorus in tip-top shape. Sunday, 7:30 PM, Saint Nicholas Church, 806 Ridge, Evanston. Monday, 8 PM, Notre Dame Church, 1336 W. Flournoy; 986-3236.

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