The University of Illinois Chamber Singers conducted by Andrew Megill will present a concert at St James Episcopal Cathedral, 65 E. Huron Street in Chicago. As part of the University’s annual Baroque Festival, the concert will feature the Chamber Singers and guests performing the music of Heinrich Schütz, the most important German composer before J. S. Bach.
Schütz, inspired by the innovations of Venetian composers of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, revolutionized German music, introducing a new sense of dramatic contrast and marrying the sounds and meaning of poetic texts to musical gesture. Works to be performed span the entirety of Schütz’s career and include his great masterpiece the Musikalische Exequien.
Joining the Chamber Singers for this performance are sopranos Laura Heimes and Rebecca Mariman (two of America’s finest sopranos specializing in early music), ecco (the University of Illinois’ faculty early music vocal ensemble), and an ensemble of period instruments. The concert is free to all, but a suggested donation of $20 will be gratefully accepted.