The Bach and Beethoven Ensemble (BBE) brings artists from different traditions together to collaborate on cross-genre, multidisciplinary projects. Like Bach, we strive for the ideal. Like Beethoven, we push boundaries. We combine tradition and innovation: something old, something new.

The BBE was formed in 2009 by a cohort of young musicians, new to Chicago and eager for performance opportunities in a saturated music market. They presented 3-5 traditional “early music” concerts a year until 2013, when the group began the process of reorganizing as a nonprofit. 

Today, 1) we focus on making classical music accessible through projects that are relevant, meaningful, and engaging to communities; 2) we collaborate with artists across disciplines (musicians, actors, dancers, visual artists) and traditions (classical, folk, popular) to perform cross-genre, multidisciplinary projects; and 3) we partner with organizations to bring our projects to audiences that are passionate about the art that we produce. 

The BBE "girl band" plays at the DePaul Humanities Center.

Notable Venues

Old Town School of Folk Music (Chicago IL)
Jay Pritzker Pavilion (Chicago IL)
Christ Church Cathedral (Hartford CT)
St. Luke in the Fields (New York City NY)
Holy Cross Cathedral (Boston MA)
Chicago Cultural Center
Music Institute of Chicago
Waldron Arts Center (Bloomington IN)
Defibrillator Art Gallery (Chicago)
Theater Wit (Chicago IL)
Chicago Temple Church
Uncommon Ground (Chicago IL)


Series Appearances

Academy of Early Music (Ann Arbor MI)
Canterbury Music Society (Dixon IL)
Church of Beethoven (Oak Park IL)
Classical Music Mondays (Chicago IL)
Early Music at the Barn (Grayslake IL)
Fourth Presbyterian Noonday (Chicago IL)
Friends of the Window (Chicago IL)
House Concert Series (Chicago IL)
Monday Music at Millar (Evanston IL)
Music on the Hill (Barrington IL)
Rieth Chamber (Goshen IN) - 2018

Festival Appearances

Baroque on Beaver Music Festival
Beethoven Festival
Bloomington Early Music Festival
Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Series
Chicago Early Music Festival

Foundation Support

Alphawood Foundation
Anne and Andrew Abel Charitable Trust
Julian Grace Foundation

Semi/Fully Staged Productions

Acteon (Charpentier)
Combattimento de Tancredi e Clorinda (Monteverdi)
The Gentle Shepherd (Ramsay)