Compact Discs Sweetest Day

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This CD features recordings from live performances, recorded by Eric Arunas of 98.7WFMT.

NEW RELEASE: SWEETEST DAY COLLECTION

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Sweetest Day – Music for the One You Love

This Sweetest Day CD features Amelia Piscitelli, 15 year old violin prodigy, performing Svendsen’s beautiful Romance with the Camerata Chicago orchestra.

Mathias Tacke and Rose Armbrust perform the lovely lryical and romatic Atterberg Suite for Violin and Viola. Also included are favorites such as Elgar’s Serenade for Strings and Variations on Thaxted by Blumhofer.

The concert you just heard is as fine a concert that you will hear anywhere, not [just] in Chicago, but anywhere in the world – it’s a fabulous ensemble.
Steve Robinson, Former Executive Vice President, 98.7WFMT. (Speech October 14, 2016).

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April 21 Chicago

RISING STAR SERIES 2017

21 APRIL Fourth Church, Chicago

Enjoy the outstanding musical artistry of Camerata Chicago under the baton of Daniel Sommerville with rising star pianist Sun Chang performing Mozart’ Piano Concerto No. 27. You will be treated to Stravinsky’ Pulcinella Suite.

Chicago parking is available for this concert for only $6. More Details.

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Sun Chang

sunchang-2-0400x0267Sun Chang, 21, is a student of Alan Chow at Northwestern University. She is now in Chicago finishing her degree in piano performance after a year abroad at the Royal Academy of Music in London studying piano with Rustem Hayroudinoff and harpsichord with Carole Cerasi. She recently was featured on “Live from WFMT,” hosted by Kerry Frumkin, and gave a solo recital at Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center.

This collaboration with Camerata Chicago is not the first- in September 2015, Sun was a soloist in the all-Gershwin concert featuring Sylvia Mcnair. She has also soloed with University of Puget Sound Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, Utah Symphony and Northwestern’s Baroque Music Ensemble.

Her primary training is from Dr. Peter Mack with whom she sunchang-3-0300x0315studied since her move from South Korea to the States in 2003. While in Seattle, she was chosen as one of Seattle Chamber Music Society’s “Emerging Artists,” and won most of prominent competitions in the area, including the Simon Fiset, Northwest Chopin, Russian Chamber Music, Seattle International Piano Festival and Outstanding Young Artists competitions. In 2011, with her brother, she won the first prize at the MTNA National Senior Duet Competition.

Sun has a prolific collaborative career. In addition to playing harpsichord in the Baroque Music Ensemble, she frequently performs sonata repertoire, plays in chamber settings and premiers new music.

Sun is a Luminarts Fellow at the Union League Club of Chicago, and a recipient of the Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship from the Musician’s Club of Women.

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Daniel Sommerville

Daniel Sommerville, ConductorConductor Daniel Sommerville is Professor of Orchestral Studies at the Conservatory of Music of Wheaton College, where he conducts the award-winning Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra (third place in The American Prize for college/university orchestra performance, 2012) and teaches conducting. Under his leadership, the orchestra has collaborated with such notable musicians as Sylvia McNair, Marvin Hamlisch, The Hubbard Street Dance Company II, Joel Grey, as well as many of the outstanding faculty performers of the Conservatory of Music. In addition, Dr. Sommerville has prepared the orchestra for the eminent conductor John Nelson on seven major choral-orchestral collaborations over the past twenty years. Other notable musicians with whom Dr. Sommerville has collaborated include Alexandre Da Costa, Christopher Frohn, Judith Ingolfsson, Ignaz Michieles, Albert Wang, Oliver Colbentson, Douglas Yeo, Denis Azabagic, Nicholas Roth, Gwynne Geyer, William Dresden, and Vakhtang Kodonashvili. He has served as conductor for the Alexander Toradze Piano Festival in South Bend, Indiana. Collaborations with notable jazz musicians include Frank Mantooth, Rob Parton, and Margaret Carlson.

As a teacher of conducting, Dr. Sommerville has been one of two master teachers at daniel-sommerville-3493-0300x0450one of the Conductors Guild National Workshops, at which the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra was the host orchestra. He has also served as one of two master teachers at the national conference of the College Orchestra Directors Association held in Atlanta. In both instances, he coached promising young conductors from across the country, from undergraduate students to post-doctorate.

Daniel Sommerville holds Masters and Doctorate degrees in music from Northwestern University. In addition, he has studied conducting with such notable conductors as Sir Georg Solti and Herbert Blomstedt. Past conducting posts include the Elkhart County Symphony Orchestra (Indiana), the Westminster Chamber Orchestra (Illinois) and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra of Chicago. He has been guest conductor of the Sarajevo Philharmonic in Bosnia. He has had recent guest conducting appearances with the Fox Valley Orchestra and the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, and is an active clinician and guest conductor for high school honors orchestras.

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Mozart Birthday Celebration Concerts 2017

Photos from our rehearsals for Mozart Birthday Celebration weekend.

A stunning show on January 27 combining the best of ballet with outstanding orchestral performance. Joffrey Academy of Dance performs with us at the Artist Series. Celebrating Mozart’s birthday, you will be treated to his 25th Symphony and the overture to La Finta Giardiniera, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and Saint-Saens Valse-Caprice with pianist Sun Chang.

In the January 28 concert in Chicago we will perform these great works in their purely orchestral form in Chicago at Fourth Church where we are Orchestra-in-Residence.

January 26 Rehearsal: Full Orchestra and Joffrey Academy of Dance

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20170126-114355-co-1080 January 25 Rehearsal: Full Orchestra

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January 24 Rehearsal: Strings

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January 24: Conductor Drostan Hall with Concert Master Mathias Tacke
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January 27
Mozart Birthday Celebration
Wheaton College Artist Series with the Joffrey Academy of Dance
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January 28
Mozart Birthday Celebration
Chicago at Fourth Church
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