2017-18: Music of the Soul

Elgin Master Chorale's 2017-18 season concluded on April 15th with our performance of Durufle's Requiem. Thank you to all who attended our concerts, performed on our stage, engaged us to sing with them, and financially supported our season. Be sure to check back soon for news of our 2018-19 season!

 

News and Announcements

Between Worlds: Elgin Master Chorale and Durufle’s Requiem

The Elgin Master Chorale, conducted by Music Director Andrew Lewis, concluded its 71st season with a performance of the "Requiem" composed by Maurice Duruflé, on Sunday, April 15 at 3:30 p.m. in the Blizzard Theatre at Elgin Community College.

From the Elgin Review:

"Ancient sacred Gregorian chants supplied the modal palette that gives this music its ethereal quality, avoiding the usual emotional interpretations of major or minor keys. The orchestra, augmented by organist David Schrader, produced sounds and textures that defied explanation at times, adding to the experience of being between worlds.

The power of more than one hundred voices was restrained and reverent throughout most of the Mass, but the full-throated delivery of "Hosanna in excelsis" ("Hosanna in the highest") or "judicare saeculum per ignem" ("to judge the world by fire") moved one's spirit in quite a different way."

 

Click here to read the full review of the concert by Jeffrey R. Pierce

 

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!