Concerts

CONCERTS
2021 – 2022

2021 Handel Messiah
Handel’s Messiah Part I (Christmas) with the Hallelujah Chorus and Zadok the Priest: Sacred Music Series 2021.
DEC 10, 2021 Chicago Tickets | Information
DEC 11, 2021 Wheaton / Livestream Tickets | Information
2021 Academy Concert
Academy Orchestras Concert with Soloists Amelia Piscitelli and Audrianna Hall
DEC 3, 2021 Wheaton Tickets | Information
2022 Vivaldi Four Seasons
Vivaldi’s iconic work The Four Seasons performed with renowned violinist Rika Seko with Joffrey Academy at the Artist Series.
JAN 28, 2022 Chicago Tickets | Information
JAN 29, 2022 Wheaton Tickets | Information
2022 Tartini Trumpet Concerto
Tartini’s fabulous Concerto for Trumpet with Travis Heath.
APR 22, 2022 Chicago NEIU Save the Date
APR 23, 2022 Wheaton Save the Date
APR 24, 2022 Naperville Save the Date

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2022 Vivaldi Four Seasons January 28

Vivaldi's The Four Seasons


Rika Seko, violin
Drostan Hall, conductor
Camerata Chicago Chamber Orchestra

Conducted by Maestro Drostan Hall, Rika Seko and the Camerata Chicago Chamber Orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s iconic and classic work The Four Seasons and Violin Concerto in A Minor Opus 3 No. 6 from L’Estro Armonico.

The poetry which Vivaldi wrote to accompany his set of violin concerti will be narrated.

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Repertoire

Vivaldi Four Seasons Violin Concerti Opus 8
Vivaldi L’Estro Armonico Violin Concerto in A Minor Opus 3 No. 6

2022 Vivaldi Four Seasons January 29

Vivaldi's The Four Seasons


Rika Seko, violin
Drostan Hall, conductor

Camerata Chicago Chamber Orchestra

Raymond Rodriguez, Academy Director
Joffrey Academy of Dance

In a spectacular world-premiere of a new ballet choreography of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, renowned violinist Rika Seko performs with the Joffrey Academy from Joffrey Ballet and the Camerata Chicago Chamber Orchestra at the Artist Series.

Conducted by Maestro Drostan Hall, Rika Seko and the Camerata Chicago Orchestra will also perform Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico Violin Concerto in A Minor Opus 3 No. 6.

After a year’s delay due to the pandemic, we the Wheaton College Artist Series presents this acclaimed collaboration between Joffrey Academy Dancers and Camerata Chicago Orchestra in a world premiere choreography of Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. This much-loved orchestral work will be presented with narrator to tease out the historical details of the work for children and adults of all ages who may not know the backstory of Vivaldi, the “Red Priest.” The performance is based on Camerata Chicago’s acclaimed recording of the work and promises to be a spectacle for the whole family.

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Wheaton College Artist Series

Joffrey Academy of Dance with Camerata Chicago at the Wheaton College Artist Series

Repertoire

Vivaldi Four Seasons Violin Concerti Opus 8
Vivaldi L’Estro Armonico Violin Concerto in A Minor Opus 3 No. 6

Josefien Stoppelenburg

Josefien Stoppelenburg performed several times for Dutch Royal Family. She is currently performing all over the United States as a specialist of Baroque Music and as a concert singer. Stoppelenburg performed most major oratorio works by Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mozart, including Bach’s St John and St Matthew Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B minor, and many of his cantatas. By the end of this season, Josefien will have performed all Bach’s cantatas for solo soprano.

She frequently performs Mozart’s Requiem, the Mass in C minor, Handel’s Messiah, Dixit Dominus, La Resurrezione and many of Handel’s other vocal works. She performed The Creation and The Seasons by Haydn, Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, and appeared as a soloist in countless oratorio works by Schubert, Gounod, Rossini, Fauré, Britten (War Requiem), Poulenc(Gloria), Carissimi (Historia di Jephte) Telemann, Vivaldi (In furore Iustissimae Irae) and Buxtehude.

​Concerts this season include performances with the Dayton Opera, Newberry Consort, Baroque Music Festival Corona del Mar, Fort Wayne Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Bach Festival, St Louis Bach Society, Rembrandt Chamber Musicians, Boulder Bach Festival, Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Bach Ensemble, Evansville Symphony Orchestra, and with Camerata Amsterdam (the Netherlands).

​In October, Josefien performed the role of Anne Frank in James Whitbourn’s oratorio Annelies to great acclaim, with players of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, in the presence of the composer.Stoppelenburg performed as a soloist in Europe, the United States, Asia, South America, and the Arab Emirates.

​Her appearance on Chicago’s classical radio program“Live from WFMT” was selected as one of the 10 best performances in 2016. She won the Chicago Oratorio Award, the National Princess Christina Competition (Netherlands) and second prize in The American Prize Opera Competition.

Josefien gave vocal masterclasses about Baroque Music at Indiana University, (Jacobs School of Music) University of Colorado and Illinois State University and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

From 2005 until 2007, Stoppelenburg was part of the Young Opera Ensemble of Cologne, Germany. Leading operatic roles have included Aci in the Haymarket Opera Company’s acclaimed production of Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo and Tirsi in Clori, Tirsi e Fileno, and Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine in the International Chamber Opera Festival (The Netherlands). She has appeared with Camerata Amsterdam, Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orkest, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Haymarket Opera Company, Baroque Artists of Champaign Urbana, Fulcrum Point and Music of the Baroque, Bloomington Bach Cantata Project.

Ensemble Brothers and Sisters (vocal duo Charlotte and Josefien Stoppelenburg and piano duo Martijn and Stefan Blaak) recently appeared live on Radio 4, the Dutch classical radio station for Classical Music and just made their ensemble debut in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. As a vocal duo, Charlotte and Josefien have performed in nearly every concert hall in The Netherlands.
An advocate for new music, Josefien inspired many composers to write especially for her voice. She performed works by Jacob TV, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Stacy Garrop, Lita Grier, Eric Whitacre and William Neil, as well as works by Dutch composers, including her father, composer Willem Stoppelenburg.

Stoppelenburg’s second love is painting. She paints frequently on commission. In 2018 the Peoria Symphony Orchestra used her paintings for Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The paintings were shown on a big screen during the performance. Her colorful art has been used as opera sets, cd booklets, music festival posters and as note cards.

Lauren Decker

Lauren Decker ContraltoRising star, Lauren Decker, possesses a booming contralto with “amber low notes” that is in a league of its own. She is lauded for “pouring out a dark, chocolatey sound with a plushness of tone and amplitude of voice rarely heard in a young singer”.

Ms. Decker most recently covered the role of Erda in Das Rheingold and Siegfried, 1st Norn in Götterdämmerung, and performed Schwertleite in Die Walküre as a part of David Pountney’s “brilliantly imaginative”, new Ring Cycle at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Lauren made her Lyric Opera debut as Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte and went on to perform as Jade Boucher in Dead Man Walking, First Maid in Elektra, Inez in Il trovatore, Enrichetta di Francia in I puritani, and Annina in La traviata. While there, she also covered the roles of Madame de la Haltière in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Hécuba/Anna in Les Troyens, and Marthe Schwertlein in Faust. Outside of the mainstage, Lauren was seen as Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief at the Grant Park Music Festival.

In summer 2019, Ms. Decker made a triumphant debut with the San Francisco Symphony in Elgar’s Sea Pictures, a signature work for her. She has also performed in concert with the South Dakota Symphony in Mahler 8, the Apollo Chorus/Elmhurst Symphony in the Verdi Requiem, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Harare International Festival of the Arts in Zimbabwe.

Additional roles in her repertoire include Ulrica from Un ballo in maschera, Principessa in Suor Angelica, Azucena in Il trovatore, and Dame Quickly in Falstaff.

Lauren was a quarterfinalist in the 2019 Operalia competition in Prague. She is a recent recipient of the Richard F. Gold career grant and was a national semifinalist in the 2018 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, having previously been a two-time recipient of an Encouragement Award at their Upper Midwest Region. Winner of the 2019 Edith Newfield Scholarship from the Musician’s Club of Women of Chicago and 2018 Lola Fletcher scholarship in voice with the American Opera Society of Chicago, Decker has been featured in the Harris Theater’s Beyond the Aria series alongside Christine Goerke and Eric Owens and, later, Michael Fabiano and Zachary Nelson.

In addition to her four year tenure at the Ryan Opera Center, Decker has participated in the Britten-Pears Program at Snape Maltings, United Kingdom, Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, the American Wagner Project (Washington, D.C.) and the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto (Italy). The Wisconsin native holds a B.F.A. in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She currently resides in Milwaukee.

2021 Academy Benefit Concert

ACADEMY BENEFIT CONCERT

6 pm AUGUST 27, 2021

PianoForte Studios, Chicago
Livestream

Amelia Piscitelli, violin
Cindy Trowbridge, Piano

Join violinist Amelia Piscitelli and pianist Cindy Trowbridge for this recital of works for violin and piano by Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Wieniawski, Rachmaninoff and Bloch. This benefit concert helps to raise funds to continue in our mission of inspiring the next generation of youthful musicians through our educational Academy program. Amelia is Concert Master of the Senior Academy Orchestra.

Repertoire

Beethoven Sonata No. 1 Opus 12 in D Major for piano and violin
Bach Gavotte en Rondeau
Wieniawski Polonaise Brilliant in D Major
Brahms Sonatensatz
Bloch Nigun
Rachmaninoff Vocalise

Violinist Amelia Piscitelli, Pianist Cindy Trowbridge and performing together at 98.7WFMT.

There are two editions of the concert on our ticket system:
Audience tickets: For those of you who would like to be physically present in the audience. If you purchase one of these you will receive a ticket to present at the box office as usual.
Livestream Tickets: When you purchase a $15 livestream ticket you will receive a link to the livestream in your confirmation email but no actual ticket. Coupon codes do not apply to livestream tickets.

The Academy

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The Senior Academy Orchestra

The Junior Academy Orchestra

Academy Benefit Concert Biographies

Amelia Piscitelli, violin

Amelia Piscitelli graduated as Salutatorian from Hammond Baptist High School (Schererville, IN) in May 2019. She is currently enrolled as a Music Performance major at Hyles-Anderson College, a Bible college in Crown Point, IN. Amelia has played violin since 2005 and began to study violin seriously with Stephanie Allen in 2008. From 2009-2014 her violin studies continued with Debbie Edwards (Downers Grove Suzuki Strings) followed by Drostan Hall (Hall School of Music) from 2014 to the present.

She joined Camerata Chicago Academy in 2015 and has been Concertmaster since 2017. In December 2016 she performed live on WFMT’s Introductions (Chicago, IL). Since then her professional experience with Camerata Chicago has also included solo opportunities. Her professional solo debut performing the Svendsen Romance in 2016; performing the Bach Double with Mathias Tacke in 2017; soloist for Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in 2017 and 2018; soloist as part of the Wheaton College Artist Series in 2019. DMD Records recently released her first solo recording in July 2019 of the Vivaldi Four Seasons. She is often requested to participate in vocal groups at FBC Hammond as a violinist and vocalist.

Cindy Trowbridge, piano

Cindy Trowbridge is a member of the piano faculty at College of DuPage, where she teaches private and class piano and serves as staff accompanist. She does extensive work as an accompanist for vocal and instrumental recitals at Wheaton College, and performs as a collaborative pianist throughout the Chicagoland area. Cindy is the principal pianist for Credo Flute, and has served as music director for Wheaton College’s Opera Music Theater program and as pianist for DuPage Opera Theater. She has released recordings with the Carey Consort and has been featured in several WFMT live broadcasts. Cindy holds a Master of Music from Indiana University, where she studied with Menahem Pressler, and a Bachelor of Music from DePauw University. Cindy has collaborated with Drostan Hall and Amelia Piscitelli on a number of broadcast performances and concerts.

Amelia Piscitelli and Cindy Trowbridge Performance

Amelia Piscitelli and Cindy Trowbridge performing the Svensden Romance at the Wheaton College Artist Series: Emerging Artists Showcase on October 24, 2020.

Concert Venue: Dunham Woods Riding Club

DUNHAM WOODS RIDING CLUB, WAYNE

33w333 Army Trail Road
Wayne, IL 60184

The July 31 Summer Camp Concert at 3 p.m. takes place at the Dunham Woods Riding Club set in beautiful grounds in Wayne. The lawn looks onto a patio at Corky’s next to the club. Concert tickets holders are invited to the Champagne Reception at 4:30pm. Those attending dinner will be served at 5:30pm.

Visit the Dunham Woods Riding Club website.