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Messiah – Apollo Chorus of Chicago
Dec
11
2:00 PM14:00

Messiah – Apollo Chorus of Chicago

  • Harris Theater for Music and Dance (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

One of the only major institutions  carrying on this annual tradition and performing it in a traditional way with a huge chorus.

BONUS: Soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg is one of the reigning divas of concert and oratorio repertoire.  She is joined by star of Houston Grand Opera and San Francisco Opera baritone Levi Hernandez, a Ryan Opera Center alum.

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Messiah - Apollo Chorus of Chicago
Dec
10
7:00 PM19:00

Messiah - Apollo Chorus of Chicago

  • Harris Theater for Music and Dance (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

One of the only major institutions  carrying on this annual tradition and performing it in a traditional way with a huge chorus.
BONUS: Soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg is one of the reigning divas of concert and oratorio repertoire.  She is joined by star of Houston Grand Opera and San Francisco Opera baritone Levi Hernandez, a Ryan Opera Center alum.

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Messiah – Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
Dec
4
3:00 PM15:00

Messiah – Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

Conductor (and composer) James Kallembach is creating memorable performances at U of C with a combination of students and some of the best professional musicians one can find in this city. BONUS:  Rockefeller may be the best place in Chicago to hear oratorio.

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Messiah – Bella Voce with Callipygian Players
Nov
20
7:00 PM19:00

Messiah – Bella Voce with Callipygian Players

The breeziest of the bunch with a period band and rapid tempi that doesn't hinder this flexible chamber choir.  BONUS: there is no way you will tire of the vocal soloists while arias are divided amongst thirteen members of the choir.  ADDED BONUS:  Concertmaster Martin Davids is the personification of sprezzatura.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Messiah  – Bella Voce with Callipygian Players
Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

Messiah – Bella Voce with Callipygian Players

The breeziest of the bunch with a period band and rapid tempi that doesn't hinder this flexible chamber choir.  BONUS: there is no way you will tire of the vocal soloists while arias are divided amongst thirteen members of the choir.  ADDED BONUS:  Concertmaster Martin Davids is the personification of sprezzatura.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Chicago Choral Artists debut at Chicago Temple - The Story of Jonah
Oct
22
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago Choral Artists debut at Chicago Temple - The Story of Jonah

Chicago Choral Artists makes its debut at Chicago Temple with a sacred program about sacrifice and redemption, the centerpiece of which is the fine Italian baroque oratorio Historia Jonae by Giacomo Carissimi. Also on the program, an epic anthem by Gerald FInzi - "Lo, the full, final sacrifice," perfect for a choral ensemble of this size; and a vehicle for  CCA baritone Douglas Anderson, Bach's cantata 158 -Der Friede sei mit dir.

RECOMMENDED

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Chicago Choral Artists - Psalms and Songs: The Story of Jonah
Oct
21
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago Choral Artists - Psalms and Songs: The Story of Jonah

Chicago Choral Artists artistic director Michael Costello has crafted a sacred program about sacrifice and redemption, the centerpiece of which is the fine Italian baroque oratorio Historia Jonae by Giacomo Carissimi. Also on the program, an epic anthem by Gerald FInzi - "Lo, the full, final sacrifice," perfect for a choral ensemble of this size; and a vehicle for  CCA baritone Douglas Anderson, Bach's cantata 158 -Der Friede sei mit dir.

RECOMMENDED

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Grant Park Music Festival presents Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor
Aug
6
7:30 PM19:30

Grant Park Music Festival presents Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor

Janai Brugger, one of the most sought-after American sopranos, is joined by Ryan Opera Center coloratura Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi for the ravishing solos and ensembles of the editor's favorite Mozart mass.  With tenor Hoss Brock, bass Daniel Eifert and the Grant Park Orchestra & Chorus conducted by Carlos Kalmar.

FREE ADMISSION - HIGHLY RECOMMEDED

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Grant Park Music Festival presents Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor
Aug
5
6:30 PM18:30

Grant Park Music Festival presents Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor

Janai Brugger, one of the most sought-after American sopranos, is joined by Ryan Opera Center coloratura Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi for the ravishing solos and ensembles of the editor's favorite Mozart mass.  With tenor Hoss Brock, bass Daniel Eifert and the Grant Park Orchestra & Chorus conducted by Carlos Kalmar.

FREE ADMISSION - HIGHLY RECOMMEDED

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Grant Park Music Festival: Michael Torke's Book of Proverbs
Jun
18
7:30 PM19:30

Grant Park Music Festival: Michael Torke's Book of Proverbs

The Grant Park Chorus opens their season with Michael Torke's Book of Proverbs. If you have never been to a Grant Park Music Festival concert, you should start now.  It is one of the best things offered by the city in one of the best venues in the world.  And its free! 

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Grant Park Music Festival: Michael Torke's Book of Proverbs
Jun
17
6:30 PM18:30

Grant Park Music Festival: Michael Torke's Book of Proverbs

The Grant Park Chorus opens their season with Michael Torke's Book of Proverbs. If you have never been to a Grant Park Music Festival concert, you should start now.  It is one of the best things offered by the city in one of the best venues in the world.  And its free! 

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Rockefeller Memorial Chapel presents - James Kallembach Passion
Apr
30
7:30 PM19:30

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel presents - James Kallembach Passion

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel reprises one of its most commissions with a rising star composer and conductor whose works are being performed all over the country.  James Kallembach's Passion is a formidable and adventurous take on a familiar subject - challenging, dramatic, and ultimately enjoyable.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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UIC Symphonic Choir presents Michael Haydn's Requeim
Apr
28
7:30 PM19:30

UIC Symphonic Choir presents Michael Haydn's Requeim

Michael J Anderson and Andrew Lewis direct the UIC Symphonic Choir in a program that includes a grand work whihc sounds an awful lot like the Mozart Requiem, though it predates it.  Soloists include soprano Kirsten Hedegaard, countertenor Thomas Aláan, tenor Nolan Carter, and bass Vince Wallace with concertmaster Martin Davids and the Janus Ensemble.

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Bella Voce presents Faire Is the Heaven: The Sequel
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Bella Voce presents Faire Is the Heaven: The Sequel

Dr. Christine Kraemer, organ

Bella Voce performs Anglican masterpieces for choir & organ by such composers as William Harris, William Walton, H. Balfour Gardiner, Herbert Howells, and more with Dr. Christine Kraemer, organist of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Evanston.

Only one performance, presented in collaboration with The Diapason Magazine and Opus 327.

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Chicago Master Singers presents Agnus Dei
Apr
17
7:00 PM19:00

Chicago Master Singers presents Agnus Dei

  • Divine World Chapel at Techny Towers (map)
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The spring concert will bring to life sacred masterpieces from Europe and America spanning five centuries. The a cappella program will include works of composers ranging from the late-Renaissance and early-Baroque Dutch composer J.P. Sweelinck to contemporary Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo.

Beautiful sacred works from the romantic era by Liszt, Brahms and Schubert will be sung, featuring Liszt’s stunning Missa Choralis (Choral Mass). Twentieth-century compositions will include Samuel Barber’s setting of the Agnus Dei, a choral transcription of his immortal Adagio for Strings, and works by Hugo Adler and Robert Starer.

Two of Chicago Master Singers’ favorite contemporary composers are Stephen Paulus and Ola Gjeilo. The concert will feature Paulus’s haunting Hymn to the Eternal Flame, from his oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn, composed in 2005 to commemorate the children lost in the Holocaust. Gjeilo’s works on the program include his recent setting of Ave Maria titled “Second Eve” and his Agnus Dei, subtitled “Phoenix.”

Free pre-concert lecture by music critic Dorothy Andries one hour before each performance

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The Genius of Handel - Dixit Dominus, Gloria, & Nisi Dominus
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

The Genius of Handel - Dixit Dominus, Gloria, & Nisi Dominus

St. John Cantius boasts one of the most ambitious music programs in the city.  Hear the formidable St. Cecilia Choir & Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Fr. Scott A. Haynes in some of Handel's most exciting Italianate music written for the church.

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Chicago Master Singers presents Agnus Dei
Apr
15
7:30 PM19:30

Chicago Master Singers presents Agnus Dei

  • Devine World Chapel at Techny Towers (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The spring concert will bring to life sacred masterpieces from Europe and America spanning five centuries. The a cappella program will include works of composers ranging from the late-Renaissance and early-Baroque Dutch composer J.P. Sweelinck to contemporary Norwegian-American composer Ola Gjeilo.

Beautiful sacred works from the romantic era by Liszt, Brahms and Schubert will be sung, featuring Liszt’s stunning Missa Choralis (Choral Mass). Twentieth-century compositions will include Samuel Barber’s setting of the Agnus Dei, a choral transcription of his immortal Adagio for Strings, and works by Hugo Adler and Robert Starer.

Two of Chicago Master Singers’ favorite contemporary composers are Stephen Paulus and Ola Gjeilo. The concert will feature Paulus’s haunting Hymn to the Eternal Flame, from his oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn, composed in 2005 to commemorate the children lost in the Holocaust. Gjeilo’s works on the program include his recent setting of Ave Maria titled “Second Eve” and his Agnus Dei, subtitled “Phoenix.”

Free pre-concert lecture by music critic Dorothy Andries one hour before each performance.

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The Newberry Consort presents Juan de Lienas Vespers
Apr
10
3:00 PM15:00

The Newberry Consort presents Juan de Lienas Vespers

Very Early Music.  Girl Power.  The Newberry Consort reassembles their stylish all-female band of singer and instrumentalists, the Celestial Sirens, including  early music diva Ellen Hargis and the amazing Salome Sandoval, soprano, lutenist, and guitarist.

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The Newberry Consort presents Juan de Lienas Vespers
Apr
9
8:00 PM20:00

The Newberry Consort presents Juan de Lienas Vespers

Very Early Music.  Girl Power.  The Newberry Consort reassembles their stylish all-female band of singer and instrumentalists, the Celestial Sirens, including  early music diva Ellen Hargis and the amazing Salome Sandoval, soprano, lutenist, and guitarist.

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