Serenades and divertimenti were composed in the eighteenth century as music for entertainment or as music for festive and other special occasions. They continue to be composed in the present, albeit less frequently, as music to be played in concert. Most have a lightness and lyrical quality that make them more felicitious than many compositions in other genres, and they contain some of the most glorious music ever written. Yet, because most of them were composed for ensembles larger than usual chamber music ensembles, but not composed for full orchestras, they are less frequently heard in concert. Join us as we explore the evolution of serenades and divertimenti from Mozart and Beethoven though Brahms, Dvorák, and Tchaikovsky, and into the twentieth century. We encourage you to attend the Music of the Baroque concert on January 26 (Harris Theatre) or January 27 (North Shore Center, Skokie) featuring the sublime Mozart Serenade #10 in B flat major for winds, K.361, one of the first works we will explore.