Obituary: Elliott Golub, Music of the Baroque concertmaster, 85

Posted on: July 22, 2019

“In more than 30 years as concertmaster for Chicago’s Music of the Baroque, Elliott Golub helped shape the orchestra’s sound and establish a reputation as one of the city’s premier classical music groups,” writes Graydon Megan in Friday’s (7/19) Chicago Tribune. “Golub was concertmaster for the orchestra from the group’s founding in 1972 until his retirement in 2006…. Golub, 85, died of a heart attack July 14 in his Winnetka home…. He was born in Chicago [and] graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1956 with a bachelor’s degree in music. He joined the Army and spent the next few years as concertmaster with the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra.… He went to Chicago Musical College … where he got a master’s degree in music in 1961. After graduation, he played with the Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Robert Shaw Chorale, Joffrey Ballet, Grant Park Orchestra and Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago.… Golub was also [Music of the Baroque’s] contractor… ‘He had a huge knowledge of all the musicians of Chicago,’ said [executive director Declan] McGovern, noting that many of his group’s players also play with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera of Chicago.”

Posted July 22, 2019