Mozart Birthday Celebration Concerts 2017

Photos from our rehearsals for Mozart Birthday Celebration weekend.

Tickets January 27 Wheaton

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.

Tickets January 28 Chicago

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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January 24 Rehearsal: Strings



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

Mozart Mass in C Minor Videos


The Mozart C Minor Mass performed by Camerata Chicago with the Fourth Church Choral Society on Friday November 11, 2016 conducted by Drostan Hall. This concert is in memory of Lois Z. Jackson Farnsworth 1924–2016.

Laura Perkett, Soprano
Kimberly Gunderson, Soprano II
Cole Seaton, Tenor
Daniel Richardson, Bass

This performance is a collaboration with Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago and celebrates Camerata Chicago’s appointment as Orchestra-in-Residence.

At the heart of the Fourth Church Choral Society are members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Lyric Opera, directed by John W. Sherer.

Many thanks to Fourth Presbyterian Church and Eric Arunas of 98.7WFMT.

Sweetest Day Series 2016 Videos

Videos presented here are from the Sweetest Day Series 2016:
October 14, 2016: Chicago Fourth Presbyterian Church
October 16, 2016: Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts


Steve Robinson Award Presentation

Mary Mahaffey presents a plaque to 98.7WFMT Steve Robinson

98.7WFMT Vice President Steve Robinson was presented with an award for his huge contribution to Chicago music and musicians on October 14, 2016 by Mary Mehaffey, a Member of the Board of Camerata Chicago. The award represents the Steve Robinson Associate Concert Master Chair of the orchestra. Steve retired from 98.7 WFMT at the end of the summer.

October 14, 2016: Chicago Fourth Presbyterian Church

Atterberg Suite for Strings, Violin & Viola

Mathias Tacke, Violin (Concert Master); Rose Armbrust, Viola (Principal Viola)

October 14, 2016: Chicago Fourth Presbyterian Church

October 16, 2016: Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts

Camerata Chicago would like to thank the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts for presenting this concert on October 16, 2016 as part of their series and for graciously allowing us to have our videographer capture the event.

Svendsen Romance for Violin & Orchestra

15 year old Amelia Piscitelli, violin

October 14, 2016: Chicago

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WFMT Introductions Broadcast Amelia Piscitelli


Academy violinist Amelia Piscitelli live



WFMT invited Amelia to perform live this Saturday morning. Amelia is Associate Concert Master (first violin) in the Academy Orchestra and recently made her professional debut with Camerata Chicago as part of our Sweetest Day series.

She performed the Svendsen Romance for Violin and Orchestra on October 16, 2016:

November 11 Mozart C Minor Mass Photos

In Concert

Photos from the concert of the Mozart Mass in C Minor with the Fourth Church Choral Society on Thursday November 11th taken by Lydia Hoover who has kindly given us permission to publish them:


In Rehearsal

Photos from the rehearsal on Thursday November 10th taken by Jeff Nelson who has kindly given us permission to publish them:

Photo Credit (c) Jeff Nelson


Photo Credit (c) Jeff Nelson

Photo Credit (c) Jeff Nelson

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We will be adding many more photos .. and captions of who musicians are.

Sweetest Day Photos


October 14 Chicago Photos

Steve Robinson, Vice President of 98.7 WFMT being awarded the Associate Concert Master Chair by Camerata Chicago board member Mary Mehaffey at the October 14, 2016 Sweetest Day concert in Chicago. This is in recognition of Steve’s marvelous contribution to the Chicago music community. Steve retired a few weeks ago.


The award is an engraved plaque:


Steve Robinson giving a speech:


Amelia Piscitelli and Maestro Drostan Hall in the final rehearsal:


Amelia playing the Svendsen. Meanwhile, Eric Arunas, 98.7 WFMT’s amazing recording engineer, is setting up.


Mathias Tacke and Rose Armbrust rehearsing the Atterberg Suite:


You can still purchase tickets for the October 16 Schaumburg concert here.

#sweetestday @CamerataChicago looking very happy during the final rehearsal:


With conductor Drostan Hall are:

Violin: Mathias Tacke, Concert Master
Kathleen Carter, Alin Cernaianu, Heather Hempel, Michael McGuan, Dmitry Melkumov, Ann Monzka – Smelser*, Talia Pavia, Amelia Piscitelli, Danielle Seaman
Viola: Rose Armbrust*, Aimee Biasiello, Istvan Loga
Cello: Christopher Ferrer**, Timothy Archbold, Sarah Sitzer
Bass: Hannah Novak*

** Acting Principal