Messiah 2022 Video Highlights

The Messiah by Handel

Handel’s Messiah Video Highlights

November 12, 2022
College Church, Wheaton

Performed by the Camerata Chicago Chamber Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Drostan Hall, on November 12, 2022 at College Church Wheaton.


Josefien Stoppelenburg, Soprano
Lauren Decker, Mezzosoprano
Martin Luther Clark, Tenor
Peter van de Graaff, Baritone

Haydn Cello Concerto Videos

Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major
with cellist Leonardo Altino

October 1, 2022
College Church, Wheaton

Feira de Mangaio
with cellist Leonardo Altino

October 1, 2022
College Church, Wheaton

Feira de Mangaio is a traditional Brazilian dance number by Sivuca, a Brazilian accordionist and composer, arranged for cello & strings by Joao Linhãres.

Lecture November 28

Lecture on Handel and his Messiah

by Maestro Drostan Hall


Maestro Drostan Hall featured George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, one of the world’s most famous and frequently performed choral works.

You will learn the historical background and anecdotes of the composer Handel and the piece in live and video presentations.

The 45-minute presentation was followed by a 15-minute Q & A.

This event was held at the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Chicago IL 60603 and was also livestreamed.

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Messiah Libretto

Georg Friedrich Händel


A Sacred Oratorio

Words by Charles Jennens




1. Sinfonia (Overture)

2. Accompagnato


Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned.
The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness; prepare ye the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
(Isaiah 40: 1-3)


3. Air


Ev’ry valley shall be exalted, and ev’ry moutain and hill made low; the crooked straight and the rough places plain.
(Isaiah 40: 4)


4. Chorus

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
(Isaiah 40: 5)


5. Accompagnato


Thus saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts: Yet once a little while and I will shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.
And I will shake all nations; and the desire of all nations shall come.
(Haggai 2: 6-7)
The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the Covenant, whom you delight in; behold, He shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.
(Malachi 3: 1)


6. Air

Alto or soprano

But who may abide the day of His coming, and who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner’s fire.
(Malachi 3: 2)


7. Chorus

And He shall purify the sons of Levi, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
(Malachi 3: 3)


8. Recitative


Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Emmanuel, God with us.
(Isaiah 7: 14; Matthew 1: 23)


9. Air and Chorus


O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion, get thee up into the high mountain. O thou that tellest good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, behold your g od!
(Isaiah 40: 9)
Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
(Isaiah 60: 1)

O thou that tellest. . . etc.


10. Accompagnato


For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.
And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
(Isaiah 60: 2-3)


11. Air


The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light;
and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
(Isaiah 9: 2)


12. Chorus

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
(Isaiah 9: 6)


13. Pifa (“Pastoral Symphony”)

14a. Recitative


There were shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night.
(Luke 2: 8)


14b. Accompagnato


And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid.
(Luke 2: 9)


15. Recitative


And the angel said unto them: “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
(Luke 2: 10-11)


16. Accompagnato


And suddenly there was with the angel, a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying:
(Luke 2: 13)


17. Chorus

“Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, good will towards men.”
(Luke 2: 14)


18. Air


Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, thy King cometh unto thee; He is the righteous Saviour, and He shall speak peace unto the heathen.
Rejoice greatly. . . da capo
(Zecharaiah 9: 9-10)


19. Recitative


Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing.
(Isaiah 35: 5-6)


20. Air (or Duet)

(Alto &) soprano

He shall feed His flock like a shepherd; and He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.
(Isaiah 40: 11)
Come unto Him, all ye that labour, come unto Him that are heavy laden, and He will give you rest.
Take his yoke upon you, and learn of Him, for He is meek and lowly of heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
(Matthew 11: 28-29)


21. Chorus

His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.
(Matthew 11: 30)


Download the full Hallelujah Chorus Lyrics PDF

44. Chorus

Hallelujah: for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
(Revelation 19: 6)
The kingdom of this world is become the kingdom of our Lord,
and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.
(Revelation 11: 15)
King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.
(Revelation 19: 16)




2022 Academy Christmas Concert

Academy Orchestra Concert

4 PM, DECEMBER 18, 2022
St. John Lutheran Church

The Academy Fall Semester Concert will take place on December 18 and will feature performances of works from C.P.E. Bach, Sibelius, Glazunov and Copland with amazing violin soloists Amelia Piscitelli and Tabitha Rea.

Enjoy an excellent selection of Christmas Carols to celebrate the festive season.

The Academy was featured last year on the 98.7 WFMT radio show Introductions.

Enjoy a delightful afternoon for only $20 a ticket and children can attend for free!

Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra with soloists Amelia Piscitelli and Tabitha ReaPictured: Concert Master and Soloist Amelia Piscitelli (Top left), and Soloist Tabitha Rea (Bottom left) with the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra.

Tabitha Rea will perform a C.P.E. Bach Concerto

Amelia Piscitelli will perform Glanunov


Meditation Glazunov

C. P. E. Bach

Sibelius: Andante Festivo

Copland Hoe down

Selection of Christmas Carols


Camerata Chicago Academy Roster

Senior Academy Orchestra
Musicians Roster

Violin I
Amelia Piscitelli, concertmaster *
Tabitha Rea
Audrianna Hall
Abby Edwards

Violin II
Abigail Gordeuk
Heide Brazier
Ian Dalmas
Laine Van Cleave

Helen Gordeuk
Joanna Nerius *
Aleksia Nenadovich
Lucia Jackson

Zoe Douthit *

Lawrence Hall

Avinash Moses

* Faculty