Hear the Voices. Feel the 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.

Join EMC for Emerging Truths: Reflections and Realizations

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
eccartscenter.org
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
eccartscenter.org
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)