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!

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.


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

Brahms: A German Requiem

Sponsored by Sterling (Stu) Ainsworth
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

Program Notes

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