Since its inaugural concert in January 2012, the Chicago Bach Ensemble has presented six cycles of J.S. Bach sacred cantatas to welcoming Chicago audiences. In September 2013, CBE received a three-year grant: the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
The group, led by Grammy award nominated harpsichordist, Jory Vinikour, endeavors to present accurate historical performances through the use of period instruments and tuning, as well as utilizing a chamber vocal ensemble that serves as soloists and choristers. The CBE strives to feature Chicago's finest early music specialists.