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.
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:
Sir Charles Mackerras, for many years International Advisor to Camerata Chicago, would have been 91 today, November 17. MackerrasLegacy.com has published some previously unreleased photos of Sir Charles.
Camerata Chicago’s performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 7 is compared with Sir Charles own recording in the documentary “Charles Mackerras Master Conductor” produced by Jon Tolanski for 98.7 WFMT.
At the heart of the Fourth Church Choral Society are members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Lyric Opera, directed by Organist and Music Director John W. Sherer. The performance will comprise an eighty member double chorus, organ, chamber orchestra and four soloists:
• Laura Perkett, Soprano
• Kimberly Gunderson, Soprano II
• Cole Seaton, Tenor
• Daniel Richardson, Bass
Fourth Presbyterian Church is located in the Magnificent Mile neighborhood of Chicago directly across Michigan Avenue from the John Hancock Center. The relationship between religious faith and the arts is expressed in a comprehensive program of artistic expression that emphasizes excellence in performance as a part of regular public worship as well as concerts and dramatic presentations.
Our Sweetest Day series started with a 98.7 WFMT broadcast of our Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with cellist Julian Schwarz at noon on Friday October 14, with host Lisa Flynn. We listened live on wfmt.com. WFMT’s Eric Arunas recorded this performance (see videos of this concert here) on April 29, 2016 at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago as indeed he is recording the #sweetestday concert October 14 at 7pm (see photos).
We are absolutely delighted to be working with the splendid Joffrey Academy and the incomparable Wheaton College Artist Series. Tony Payne, the General Manager, has brought great commitment and steadfast enthusiasm to this venture. This marvelous collaboration represents an outstanding opportunity to combine orchestral repertoire with ballet at its finest.
Drostan Hall, Music Director of Camerata Chicago, said “artistic excellence will emerge with the confluence of Joffrey Academy, Camerata Chicago and the Artist Series at Wheaton College. This will bring a unique concert experience to the audience and working together will be a great privilege”.
Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet said: “We are thrilled to partner with the Wheaton College Artist Series and Camerata Chicago. The Joffrey Trainees and Studio Company are highly skilled students on the cusp of their professional careers. The opportunity to perform with one of the finest chamber orchestras is invaluable. We look forward to showcasing the Academy’s world-class training in this new collaboration.”
In a letter to concertgoers, Tony Payne, General Manager of the Artist Series, said: “We are very honored to present the Joffrey Academy with Drostan Hall conducting Camerata Chicago in a program of dance and orchestral music. If there is a household word in ballet today, JOFFREY might well be that word.”
This special collaboration will feature Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 in G Minor and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings on January 27, 2017 at the Wheaton College Artist Series.