Pegasus Early Music deserves a lot of credit for focusing on the youth movement in classical music. Its Pegasus Rising series regularly features emerging young professionals who are making (sound)waves in a sector of art that has frequently catered to an older demographic. Pegasus will host The Ment Consort a Chicago ensemble made up of soprano Mary Arendt; baroque violinist Kiyoe Matsuura; baroque cellist Morgan Little; and Jason Moy on the harpsichord. The program will fixate on the subject of animals in music, including rare performances of Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber's "Cat, Quail, and the Frog" and the "Cu Cu" Sonata by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer. Ment's concerts on period instruments seek to re-contextualize Baroque music for the groundbreaking and at times avant-garde genre it was in its day.
The Ment Consort will perform Wednesday, June 6, at Bernunzio Uptown Music, 122 East Avenue. 7 p.m. Free. pegasusearlymusic.org.