2017-18: Music of the Soul

In its 71st season, Elgin Master Chorale (EMC) explores the powerful connection between music and the human soul. EMC opens its season with Bach’s Magnificat and Ein feste burg (in recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation). In February, EMC celebrates legendary composer Leonard Bernstein by bringing his life and music to the concert stage.  A performance of Durufle’s beautiful, ethereal Requiem will close the season. The EMC Children’s Chorus will also be featured on the November and April concerts. Learn more about the Children's Chorus at emcchildrenschorus.org.


Durufle's Requiem


Sunday, April 15 at 3:30 p.m.
Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College
Tickets available here or by calling 847 622 0300

The Elgin Master Chorale’s 71st  season closes with the beautiful and ethereal Duruflé Requiem. This masterwork of 20th century music uplifts the spirit as it provides a transforming experience for each listener. It is undoubtedly one of the most moving and personal settings of the Requiem mass, having been composed in memory of Duruflé’s own father. The Children’s Chorus will also sing on this program, performing songs celebrating the beauty and power of music.

News and Announcements

Chamber Music on the Fox Showcases Bruckner Works

"Take four trombones, an organ, and a choir performing works by Anton Bruckner, and you have the potential for some pretty grand music." Read the full article about our February performance with Chamber Music on the Fox here.

Bernstein Concert in Top Five Things To Do!

Our Educational Connections Concert, featuring the Music of Leonard Bernstein, was featured on Kane County Chronicle's Things To Do! Read the full article here: http://www.kcchronicle.com/lists/2018/01/27/91742c34906a474cb3e644a698bed852/index.xml?page=1ALL-BERNSTEIN EVENT WHERE: Elgin Community College's Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin WHEN: 10 a.m. Feb. 2 COST AND INFO: $19 to $24; call 847-214-7225 to reserve tickets, which are free to school and senior groups of 10 or more; ElginMasterChorale.org ABOUT: Elgin Master Chorale will feature guest artists Zoe Nadal and Jeff Award winner Tom Vendafreddo (shown) in “Educational Connections: The Life and Music of Leonard Bernstein,” observing the centennial of his birth. Conducted by Jon Warfel, it includes the EMC Chamber Singers. Vendafreddo is music director of the Broadway Series at Aurora’s Paramount Theatre.

Brahms Requiem Review

From the Elgin Review: "In the Arts, the difference between amateur and professional can be hard to define. It's not necessarily a matter of excellence or even whether a fee is involved. The willingness of Elgin artists to work together under all sorts of arrangements, regardless of their status, means audiences can experience the finest theatre, music, visual and literary arts in a local venue for relatively little cost. Always among the best examples is this pairing of the Elgin Master Chorale and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, whose concerts are not just amazing in their audacity of scale but also highly successful as art."

Read the full review here!