2023 Academy Fall Concert

Academy Orchestra Concert

4 PM, NOVEMBER 19, 2023
First Presbyterian Church

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The Academy Fall Concert will take place on November 19 and will feature the Telemann Viola Concerto performed by Helen Gordeuk.

There will be short illustrations and introductions and lyrical works. The Academy Orchestra will perform Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony and the Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins with four excellent soloists –

  • Amelia Piscitelli
  • Sarra Gadzhieva
  • Audrianna Hall
  • Heide Brazier

You will be delighted to hear some classic chamber music in this concert – a Haydn Piano Trio with violinist Audrianna Hall, pianist Ian Barshinger and cellist Zoe Douthit.

The Academy was featured in 2021 on the 98.7 WFMT radio show Introductions.

Enjoy a delightful afternoon for only $20 a ticket. Students (16+) can attend for $5 and children can attend for free!

Pictured: Violist Helen Gordeuk who will perform the Telemann Viola Concerto.

Pictured: Vivaldi Concerto for Four Violins soloists Amelia Piscitelli, Sarra Gadzhieva, Audrianna Hall and Heide Brazier.

Academy orchestra: Amelia Piscitelli Concertmaster, Aleksia Nenadovich, Sarra Gadzhieva, Tabitha Rea, Audrianna Hall, Laine Van Cleave, Heide Brazier, Maestro Drostan Hall, Joanna Nerius (viola, faculty), Helen Gordeuk (viola), Ian Barshinger (Harpsichord), Zoe Douthit (Faculty).

Camerata Chicago Academy Piano Trio: Ian Barshinger (piano, middle), Audrianna Hall (violin, left), Zoe Douthit (cello, right, faculty)



The English Connection Videos

The English Connection Videos

April 23, 2023
New Covenant Church, Naperville

Performed by the Camerata Chicago Chamber Orchestra and conducted by Maestro Drostan Hall in a celebration of the music of England:

Les Illuminations by Benjamin Britten performed by Soprano Katherine Petersen
St. Paul Suite
by Gustav Holst
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
by Vaughan Williams
The Spanish Lady Suite by Edward Elgar
Suite for Strings by John Rutter

2023 Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto Concerts

20th Anniversary Celebration Concerts October 2023

In the presence of
His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander and
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia


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Stefan Milenkovich performs the
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

October 27

7:30 pm Friday October 27

Studebaker Theater,
Fine Arts Building

Presented by
Studebaker Theater

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October 28

3 pm Saturday October 28

Armerding Concert Hall,
Wheaton College

Presented by
Camerata Chicago

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Stefan Milenkovich October 27 - 28, 2023

In the presence of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander and HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, the Camerata Chicago Chamber Orchestra celebrates its 20th Anniversary with two concerts on October 27 & 28, 2023 in Chicago and Wheaton.

World famous Serbian violinist Stefan Milenkovich will perform Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major. Conducted by Maestro Drostan Hall, Camerata Chicago will perform Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, the Pastoral, and the Barber of Seville Overture by Rossini.

These concerts are presented in celebration of the work of the Lifeline Humanitarian Organization of Chicago which was founded by HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia to help those in need in Serbia.

Ticket proceeds from these concerts will be donated to Lifeline.

The series is sponsored by Dr. Nikola and Tatjana Nenadovich.

7:30 pm Friday October 27
Studebaker Theater

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3 pm Saturday October 28
Armerding Concert Hall

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2023 Milenkovich Masterclass

Masterclass with Stefan Milenkovich

October 25

3 pm Wednesday October 25

Armerding Recital Hall,
Wheaton College

Admission Free

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Internationally renowned violinist Stefan Milenkovich holds a Masterclass with three young and talented violin students – Ansel Brazier, who will play the Concertino in D Major by Kuchler, Sasha Hommes who will play Tzigane by Ravel, and Abigail Gordeuk who will play Tempo di Minuetto by Fritz Kreisler.

This masterclass is free to attend, but please reserve your seats by obtaining tickets as there are a limited number of seats available.

Students Performing in the Masterclass

Three student violinists will perform in the Masterclass:

Ansel Brazier – Concertino in D Major by Kuchler
Sasha Hommes – Tzigane by Ravel
Abigail Gordeuk – Tempo di Minuetto by Fritz Kreisler

Ansel Brazier

Ansel is an active 11-year-old who loves passing the time with siblings in any one of the numerous playgrounds near his home in Glen Ellyn. In running, jumping and swimming his energy and endurance are boundless – he holds 4 records in the local swim school in the breaststroke and butterfly. Ansel is exceptionally curious and inquisitive – along with the violin his passions in learning include astronomy, the Bible and mathematics. He has loved performing since an early age.

Sasha Hommes

Sasha Hommes is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She started playing the violin at the age of three, and has studied under Joseph Petron, Jeremy Black and currently Dr. Soh-Hyun Altino. She has participated in various city youth orchestras including the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra as well as in her high school’s choir, band and drama pit orchestra. She also has many years of experience in chamber music through Youth Chamber Connection and Wheaton College, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in German.

Abigail Gordeuk

Abigail Gordeuk is a senior at Wheaton Academy where she plays first chair violin in the student orchestra. She has been studying the violin with Drostan Hall since age 8, and was in the Junior and Senior Camerata Chicago Academy for 6 years. In addition to this, Abigail is involved in the youth orchestra at College Church. She loves participating in the arts with her friends.

Sacred Music 2023

The Messiah by Handel

Enjoy the outstanding musical artistry of Camerata Chicago and its wonderful choir performing the Messiah (Part I – Christmas) by Handel with the Hallalujah Chorus and Zadok the Priest. At the heart of our elite choir are some of the top choristers in Chicago.

We have four wonderful soloists conducted by Maestro Drostan Hall:

Olivia Doig, Soprano
Kathleen Felty, Mezzosoprano
Jonathan Johnson, Tenor
Ian Rucker, Baritone

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Hallelujah Chorus: At these concerts the Camerata Chicago Orchestra and Choir will perform the famous and celebrated Hallelujah Chorus. We’ll perform it twice – the second time giving you the opportunity to join in for a truly rousing finale to this fabulous sacred music performance.

Hallelujah Chorus Lyrics PDF Download


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