2019-20 Season: Power & Passion

A cultural cornerstone of Elgin and the Fox Valley, the Elgin Master Chorale creates a thrilling, emotional experience for audiences at each performance. Celebrate great choral music performed with passionate excellence. See for yourself why audiences are saying, “It’s my choir.” Make it yours, too.

 

Opera Choruses

Sunday, November 10, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College
Tickets: $24 adults / $19 students and seniors.
Call 847.622.0300.

Elgin Master Chorale presents an evening of lush arias, passionate choruses, and soaring melodies from beloved operas of Bizet, Rossini, Verdi, Mozart, and Wagner. Whether dancing with Bizet’s Carmen, charging with Rossini’s Swiss Soldiers or on pilgrimage with Wagner’s Tannhäuser, you will connect with great characters and melodies of opera.

 

Deck the Halls Holiday Concerts

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 15, 2019, 2:30 p.m.
Presented by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra
Featuring the Elgin Master Chorale
Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin
Tickets: 847.888.4000

An Elgin Holiday Tradition! The Elgin Symphony Orchestra presents the Deck the Halls Holiday Concert, a community sing-along complete with the Elgin Master Chorale, Dancewerks, and a special visit from the man himself - SANTA CLAUS!

 

Beethoven’s Birthday Bash

Friday, February 7, 2020, 10:00 a.m.
Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College
For info on special pricing for school and senior groups.
Call 847.214.7225.

Join us for a morning of music, learning, and fun! “Beethoven’s Birthday Bash” is an entertaining and interactive learning experience celebrating Beethoven’s musical influence over the past 250 years. This concert will present students with the stories, history, and music of this great composer who wrote many of his most beautiful melodies while grappling with almost total deafness. Beethoven’s story is one of inspiration, hardships overcome, and a legacy of beautiful music.

 

Great Romantics: German A Cappella

Sunday, April 19, 2020, 3:30 p.m.
Blizzard Theatre, Elgin Community College
Tickets: $24 adults / $19 students and seniors. Call 847.622.0300 or click here.

Enjoy a rare evening of German Romantic a cappella music. Composers Johannes Brahms, Josef Rheinberger, and Anton Bruckner looked to the past for inspiration in creating new musical textures and colors. Rheinberger’s ravishing Cantus Missae for double-chorus is a classic example of this florid writing, delivering extended harmonies while keeping a sweet and organic vocal style.  The music of these composers elicits thrilling, profound emotions that places the voices of the Chorale on full display.

 

Season Finale: The Planets

Saturday, May 2, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 3, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
Hemmens Cultural Center, Elgin
Tickets: 847.888.4000 or click here.

Experience the celestial finale to Elgin Symphony Orchestra 70th season featuring the Elgin Master Chorale. Join us for this cosmic performance of the Planets featuring Mars: The Bringer of War, Venus: The Bringer of Peace, Mercury: The Winged Messenger, and more. Opening with Gustav Holst's ethereal "The Hymn of Jesus," this concert will bring you to your knees.

News and Announcements

A Review of Handel’s Dixit Dominus

The Elgin Master Chorale, conducted by Music Director Andrew Lewis, concluded its 72nd season with a performance of "Dixit Dominus" composed by a twenty-something G.F. Handel, on Sunday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the Blizzard Theatre at Elgin Community College.

From the Elgin Review:

"Year after year, EMC Music Director Andrew Lewis gathers and develops an astonishing amount of talent to take on serious music by important composers in a professionalistic way. These concerts are a rare privilege to experience, and equally amazing is the opportunity to participate in this music making as a singer, board member or volunteer."

 

Click here to read the full review of the concert.