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Announcing our 2016-17 Season

Elgin Master Chorale

2016-17: Celebrating 70 Years of Song

In 2016-17, Elgin Master Chorale celebrates 70 years of bringing choral music to the Fox Valley.

Portrait of Johannes Brahms (Hamburg, 1833-Vienna, 1897), German conductor and composer, Engraving

Brahms: A German Requiem

Sponsored by Sterling (Stu) Ainsworth
Sunday, April 30 at 3:30 p.m.
Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College

EMC performs the masterwork that brought the group together in 1947 as a "choral union" of many area church choirs: the haunting German Requiem. Composed during the height of Brahms' highly productive and creative career, the full six-movement work received its premiere performance in 1868. While employing sacred texts, Brahms' requiem departs from the traditional Latin text and mass parts common to many requiems. Experience one of the world's most famous and profound pieces, and see what makes this a treasured piece of the repertoire.

Tickets available here or by calling 847 622 0300

Program Notes

gramsElgin Symphony Season Finale: Pictures at an Exhibition

Presented by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 7 at 2:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin

The ESO closes its season with Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky’s towering Pictures at an Exhibition, based on drawings and watercolors by Viktor Hartmann.  As part of the ESO’s ongoing exploration of Mahler, the program also holds Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer, a song cycle with lyrics written by the composer himself based on one of his favorite collections of German folk poetry. Also featured is Vaughn Williams’ Serenade to Music, with text adapted from Act V, Scene 1 of The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, performed with the Elgin Master Chorale.

Tickets available here or by calling 847 888 4000

Voices of Spring: A Celebration of the Vocal Arts

Join EMC, along with four other Elgin music organizations, for Voices of Spring, celebrating the vocal arts April 22-May 7. Each organization will offer a concert featuring choral or vocal works, ranging from musical theatre to the Brahms Requiem.  Of vocal music, composer and conductor Richard Wagner noted, “The human voice is really the foundation of all music; and whatever the development of the musical art, however bold the composer's combinations, however brilliant the virtuoso's execution, in the end they must always return to the standard set by vocal music.”






Heartland Voices: The Essential Elements

Soiree Lyrique: Light Opera

Chamber Music on the Fox: The Transcendent Voice

Elgin Master Chorale: A German Requiem

Elgin Symphony Orchestra: Pictures at an Exhibition