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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.


laura-11-weathered-1Educational Connections: The Life and Music of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Friday, February 3 at 10:00 a.m.
Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College

Experience the life and music of Laura Ingalls Wilder, complete with a Laura Ingalls Wilder impersonator. The author of the beloved “Little House” books and inspiration for the long-running “Little House on the Prairie” television series, Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1817 – 150 years ago. Did you know her father was a native of the Elgin area? Take yourself back in time to the formative years of the American Midwest in this entertaining and educational concert.

Please call 847 214 7225 for information about complimentary tickets for senior groups and school groups

Individual tickets available here or by calling 847 622 0300


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

Brahms: A German Requiem

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


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