Music Under the Stars

music under starsCelebrate Our Past. Support Our Future.


We are excited announce Music Under the Stars, an evening of live music on the lawn at beautiful Cantigny Park. Join us for an evening of music, dancing, glamorous auction items, and a chance to help EMC keep bringing you fantastic music. 
5:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 18
Cantigny Park
Our featured band is the Flat Cats - check them out here!
Peruse our gorgeous venue, Cantigny Park
Call 847 214 7225
Please RSVP by June 1st. We look forward to seeing you there!

News and Announcements

EMC Finale in The Elgin Review

Thank you to Jeffrey Pierce of Elgin for such a fantastic review of our season finale concert, Spring Stirrings! Read his review of our 2015-16 Season Finale, performed on April 17, and stay tuned for our plans for 2016-17!

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"Their voices traced ornate melodies over long vowels like the arcs of water in a Venetian fountain, and blended beautifully a due with excellent timing and intonation. The chorus surrounded them like an April force of nature: at times stormy or serene, dark or heavenly radiant."

"And this ensemble in particular represents the ever rising quality of amateur artists in the area, who join together with professionals in significant performances like these to create a record of excellence that continues to redefine Elgin as an important center for the arts."

EMC’s 2015-16 Season:
Music Forgotten and Remembered

Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2015-16 season a beautiful year of music! For information on any of our upcoming performances or events, please call 847 214 7225 or email

 Archived 2015-16 Events

Fotolia_74383052_MSacred Secrets: Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle

Literally translated, “A Little Solemn Mass” – the fact this mass is neither solemn nor particularly brief is just the type of mischievous wit Rossini loved. From its hushed, magical beginning to its hugely dramatic ending, this piece sparkles like fine champagne. Listen as the Elgin Master Chorale pairs dramatic music with lilting melodies and glittering vocal lines. It is dynamic proof of what made Rossini a master of Italian opera – at once playful and sincere, and all the while breathtakingly beautiful.

Sunday, November 15, 2015. 3:30 p.m. Elgin Community College, Blizzard Theatre

santa girlGet the whole family together for a magical concert, featuring all of your holiday favorites!

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. & Sunday, December 13, 2015, 1:30 p.m.
Presented by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin

Tickets: call 847.888.4000 or click here


Poetry of Music: A Collaboration with Chamber Music on the Fox

chamber fox poster Performing great works inspired by great poetry, this program will feature Franz Schubert's classic "Death and the Maiden" string quartet, as well as "Dark Night of the Soul" by Ola Gjiello and Beethoven's iconic "Elegischer Gesang".

Monday, January 11, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Elgin Arts Showcase, 164 Division St, 8th Floor
Tickets are $20, $10 for students. For tickets, click here.



Educational Connections: Songs of Freedom 

songs of freedom imageIn honor of Black History month, "Songs of Freedom" provides an educational experience for local students by combining music, history, and culture. With impactful guest speakers, professional soloists, and real-life examples of how African Americans have shaped the world of music, this is a must-see for students and adults alike! For special pricing for seniors and school groups, call 847.214.7225 or email

Friday, February 5, 2016, 10:00 a.m. Elgin Community College, Blizzard Theatre

Tickets: Call 847.214.7225 for special pricing for school and senior living groups.

Click here or call 847.622.0300 for individual tickets.

Verdi at its Best presented by Soiree Lyrique

verdiElgin Master Chorale teams with Elgin's new musical organization, Soiree Lyrique, to bring you an afternoon of operatic delights from this iconic composer. Excerpts from Il Trovatore, La Forza del Destino, La Traviata, Nabucco, Rigoletto, and more!

Sunday, February 28, 2016; 3:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church of Elgin, 256 East Chicago Street
Suggested donation of $15-$30. For reservations, please contact Soiree Lyrique at or call 224 595 1526



green Fotolia_86623147_MSpring Stirrings: Vivaldi and Michael Haydn

In April, "Spring Stirrings" features Vivaldi's dazzling Gloria, accompanied by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.  Experience one of music’s most uplifting works as singers and orchestra ignite with the passion and exuberance that make this piece so beloved. Just as we celebrate one of choral music’s most remembered pieces, we look also to the Michael Haydn Requiem – a hidden gem of compositional beauty. Hear the sounds of this Requiem that delighted a young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who is said to have been in the audience for one of its first performances. After 250 years, this is still a piece that inspires.

Sunday, April 17, 2016. 3:30 p.m. Elgin Community College, Blizzard Theatre

Tickets: Click here or call 847.622.0300