Elgin Children’s Chorus and Elgin Master Chorale:
Combining Our Future


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We're so excited to announce that the beloved and renowned Elgin Children's Chorus is going to become the Elgin Master Chorale Children's Chorus! The Elgin Children’s Chorus, founded in 1982, has long been a staple of the arts in Elgin, and a mainstay of musical opportunity for youth in the Fox Valley area. With the retirement of Music Director and Founder Jay Kellner this spring, the Children’s Chorus was set to cease operations in summer 2016. On Saturday, June 25, a final concert and alumni reunion was held at Elgin’s First United Methodist Church. Along with farewells and performances of beloved Children’s Chorus pieces, Board and staff members of the Elgin Master Chorale made a special announcement. The Elgin Master Chorale is planning to fold the Elgin Children’s Chorus into its own operations starting in fall 2016, providing funds and staff needed for the organization to continue. Jay Kellner announced, though he is retiring from the post, he whole heartedly supports this new beginning. Registration forms were given out at the event, and well as donations accepted to supplement the effort.

We are eager for this new chapter to begin! Of course, efforts like this take funds and support from the community. We are counting on our patrons and supporters joining with us in this project. Let's keep our kids singing! Registration inquiries and all questions can be directed to Elizabeth Niemeier at info@elginmasterchorale.org. More info to come soon!

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News and Announcements

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.
 
Bach’s Christmas Oratorio
Sunday, November 13 at 3:30 p.m.
Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College
 EMC rings in the holidays with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, a performance that will transport you to an 18th century holiday celebration. This concert also will mark the first appearance of the newly re-constituted Elgin Master Chorale Children’s Chorus. Join us with one of western music's most beautiful and festive pieces.
Tickets available here or by calling 847 622 0300
 
Magical Holiday Concerts
Presented by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, December 10; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 11; 2:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin
Join us for a fun-filled holiday concert the whole family will enjoy! With holiday favorites, sing-along carols, and even a visit from Santa Claus, this concert is a magical way to celebrate the holiday season.
Tickets available here or by calling 847 888 4000
 
Educational 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
 
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
 
Elgin 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