Announcing our 2017-18 Season

Elgin Master Chorale

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.

Bach's Magnificat
Sunday, November 12 at 3:30 p.m. Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College
Tickets available here or by calling 847 622 0300

EMC opens its season with Bach’s Magnificat as well as his beloved Ein fest burg, in recognition of the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. These works stem from man’s desire to connect more closely with the divine, and have proved transformational since their creation. Opening the concert will be the Elgin Master Chorale Children’s Chorus, performing pieces by Bach as well as other composers, all beautiful examples of the inspiration music can provide to the soul.

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Magical Holiday Concerts

Presented by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, Dec 9 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec 10 at 2:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin
Tickets available here or by calling 847 888 4000

The tradition continues! A holiday musical extravaganza for the entire family, complete with an appearance by a very special visitor from the North Pole.

Educational Connections: The Life and Music of Leonard Bernstein

Free to school and senior groups
Friday, Feb 2 at 10 a.m.
Blizzard Theatre, Elgin community College
Tickets available here or by calling 847 622 0300.
Please call 847 214 7954 for information on complimentary tickets for school and senior groups.

Delve into the amazing life of composer, pianist, conductor, and all-around legendary musician Leonard Bernstein. Celebrating his 100th anniversary, this event will feature music written by Bernstein, as well as an engaging MC and soloists who will bring this man's amazing legacy to life. Our MC Tom Vendafreddo serves as Music Director for the Paramount Theatre’s Broadway series – and joins forces with EMC to create an unforgettable event!

Vivaldi's Gloria and Mozart's Requiem

Presented by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, Feb 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb 11 at 2:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin
Tickets available here or by calling 847 888 4000

Experience elation and anguish, the bittersweet dichotomy of life, with this program that holds Vivaldi’s joyous Gloria and the transcendent masterwork, Mozart’s Requiem, featuring the Elgin Master Chorale and special guest soloists.

 

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Majestic Bruckner

Presented by Chamber Music on the Fox
Monday, Feb 26 at 7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church of Elgin
Tickets available here or by calling 224 276 8881

The beauty of brass, the majesty of organ, and the dynamism of the human voice. In a special collaboration featuring the Elgin Master Chorale’s Chamber Singers, we’ll present Anton Bruckner’s powerful “Trombone Mass,” preceded by music that spotlights the beautiful organ of First United Methodist Church. Enjoy the grandeur of this music within the intimacy of a chamber music setting!​

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 open this program, performing songs celebrating the beauty and power of music.

News and Announcements

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!