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Beethoven's Mass in C Major

Featuring - Elgin Symphony Orchestra

Join the Elgin Master Chorale for a performance of musical and cultural significance. Beethoven’s first mass was not initially appreciated for its ground-breaking approach…simpler and humbler than the grander Viennese model of the time. The composer chose his focus “not on God or princes,” but on a more personal contemplation of the divine from a condition of inner peace.

On this same program, the Chorale presents Credo by African American composer and pianist Margaret Bonds. Inspired by the text of W.E.B. Du Bois, it showcases the composer’s mastery of blending Western classical and spiritual traditions in an organic and original way.

Sunday, November 12, 2023, 3:30 p.m.
Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College
Call 847.622.0300


Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Holiday Spectacular

Featuring - Elgin Master Chorale
& Integrity School of Dance

An Elgin Holiday Tradition! ESO’s Holiday Spectacular is
a concert of favorite seasonal music for the whole family.

Friday, December 8, 2023, 8:00 p.m. / Raue Center
Saturday, December 9, 2023, 2:30 p.m. / Hemmens
Saturday, December 9, 2023, 7:30 p.m. / Hemmens
Sunday, December 10, 2023, 2:30 p.m. / Hemmens
Call 815.356.9212 (Raue Center for the Arts)
Call 847.888.4000 (Hemmens Cultural Center)


Black Roots: The Black American Experience through Music

Featuring - Tiffany Henderson, Emcee
& The Second Baptist Church of Elgin Choir

EMC’s annual Education Connections concert, Black Roots: The Black American Experience through Music, is a celebration of music that tells the story of the Black American culture, societal transition, and inclusion. This free concert is our gift to 4th - 6th grade students of Greater Elgin.

Friday, February 9, 2024, 10:00 a.m.
Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College
By invitation only


Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle

On first hearing the Petite Messe Solennelle, the listener is tempted to adapt a remark attributed to Napoleon III and declare that the piece is neither little, solemn, nor especially liturgical in spirit. Join the Elgin Master Chorale as it performs this heart-warming and celebratory work, full of Rossinian quirks and bursting with humor, charm and sincerity, scored modestly for choir, two pianos and harmonium.

Sunday, April 14, 2024, 3:30 p.m.
Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College
Call 847.622.0300


Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven's 9th

also presenting

MOZART | Ave verum corpus
JESSIE MONTGOMERY | Hymn for Everyone

Featuring - Elgin Master Chorale

Beethoven’s “Choral Symphony” was remarkable in its day not only for its grandness of scale but especially for its final movement, which includes a full chorus and vocal soloists singing “An die Freude” (“Ode to Joy”). The work was Beethoven’s final complete symphony, and it is widely viewed as his greatest composition. Symphony No. 9 represents an important stylistic bridge between the Classical and Romantic periods of Western music history. The Elgin Master Chorale is proud to join the Elgin Symphony Orchestra in this grand performance.

This program also features Mozart’s Ave verum corpus and Jessie Montgomery’s Hymn for Everyone.

Saturday, May 4, 2024, 7:30 p.m. / Hemmens Cultural Center
Sunday, May 5, 2024, 2:30 p.m. / Hemmens Cultural Center

Call 847.888.4000 (Hemmens Cultural Center)

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Great music comes from people from all backgrounds and cultural experiences and has the power to connect and unite. Yet, a musical landscape exists today that does not reflect that rich tapestry. EMC acknowledges this and pledges a continual effort to address and sow the seeds of inclusion through an intentional outreach in our search for talent in our membership, patronage, board leadership, and through a repertoire that widens our musical lens and reflects the world around us. It is our desire that EMC’s energized focus and unswerving goals on diversity and inclusion ensures that our audiences and the communities we serve and engage, experience the magic and richness of a shared humanity from the music we present.