Camerata Chicago String Quintet

NOVEMBER 20 at 7 PM

Chamber Music
with the
Camerata Chicago String Quintet

Free Livestreamed Concert

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Livestreamed from the Sanctuary
Gary United Methodist Church
WHEATON

Mathias Tacke (violin), Rika Seko (violin), Rebecca Swan (viola),
Istvan Loga (viola), Christopher Ferrer (‘cello)

Enjoy a fabulous performance of the Beethoven String Quintet No. 2 and Vaughan Williams’ Phantasy Quintet with internationally renowned violinist Mathias Tacke leading our new quintet in this live-streamed chamber music concert.

String Quintet Repertoire

Phantasy Quintet, Ralph Vaughan Williams

1 Prelude. Lento ma non troppo (C minor)
2 Scherzo. Prestissimo (D minor)
3 Alla Sarabanda. Lento (A major)
4 Burlesca. Allegro moderato (D minor)

Beethoven String Quintet No.2, Op. 29 in C Major

1 Allegro moderato (C major)
2 Adagio molto espressivo (F major)
3 Scherzo. Allegro (C major)
4 Presto (C major)

Camerata Chicago String Quintet Artists

Mathias Tacke – Concert Master, Violin

Mathias Tacke is Concert Master of Camerata Chicago and was the second violinist of the acclaimed Vermeer Quartet, Chicago from 1992 until 2007. He is Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Northern Illinois University and Guest Lecturer for String Chamber Music at Northwestern University. Mathias was appointed Concertmaster of Camerata Chicago in the summer of 2008. … read more.

Rika Seko – Violin

After graduating from Tokyo University of Arts, Rika Seko began her professional career in Bogota, Colombia in 1986, first as guest Concertmaster of the Colombia Symphony, then as Assistant Concertmaster in the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra. During that time, she performed over 20 different concertos, from Baroque to Contemporary Repertoire, and gave numerous recitals in Latin America. Since moving to Chicago in 1994 Rika has appeared with many Chicago-area orchestras including Camerata Chicago, … read more.

Rebecca Swan – Viola

Rebecca Swan (BM The Juilliard School ’04) is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory. A native of the Chicago area, Rebecca recently moved back after several years in Charlotte, NC, where she played Principal Viola for Charlotte’s Broadway Series and subbed regularly with the Charlotte Symphony. She has studied under Itzhak Perlman, Peter Slowik, Toby Appel, and James Dunham, as well as … read more.

Istvan Loga – Viola

Istvan Loga has followed his passion for classical music across borders. At the George Enesco School of Music under the guidance of Professor Alexander Gavaller he won numerous prestigious awards and studied at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. In 2010 he studied with the Cordis Quartet at Nederland’s Strijkkwartet Academie under Stefan Metz (Orlando Quartet) and Marc Danel (Quatuor Danel). Istvan performed alongside world-renowned pianist Martha Argerich … read more.

Christopher Ferrer – Principal Cello, Continuo

Cellist Christopher Ferrer is Principal Cellist of Camerata Chicago and a member of Lakeshore Rush. From 2013-2014 he worked as principal cellist for the West Side Story North American Tour. Christopher attended the Royal College of Music in London and Northern Illinois University. While in high school, he was a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Encore Chamber Orchestra. … read more.

Mathias Tacke, concert master

mathiastacke-200x247Mathias Tacke was the second violinist of the acclaimed Vermeer Quartet, Chicago from 1992 until 2007. He is Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Northern Illinois University and Guest Lecturer for String Chamber Music at Northwestern University.

Mathias Tacke was appointed Concertmaster of Camerata Chicago in the summer of 2008.

With the Vermeer Quartet Mathias Tacke gave performances in practically all of the most prestigious festivals, including Tanglewood, Taos, Ravinia, South Bank, Lucerne, Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein and Edinburgh, to name a few. Three of the Vermeer Quartet recordings were nominated for the Grammy Award. Mathias Tacke appears internationally as a soloist and chamber player, performing a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque to music of our time.

A native of Germany, Mathias Tacke studied with Ernst Mayer-Schierning in Detmold, Germany, with Emanuel Hurwitz and David Takeno in London, and with Sandor Vegh in Prussia Cove, Cornwall. He won first prize in the German National Youth Competition and graduated from the Musikakademie Detmold, where he was later appointed to the faculty.

From 1983-1992 Mr.Tacke was a member of the Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, one of the most important professional groups specializing in the performance of contemporary music. In this capacity he gave countless first performances, including works by most of today’s leading composers. He has made numerous recordings for such labels as Sony, ECM. Harmonia Mundi, Naxos and Cedille.

Amelia Piscitelli Artist Profile

Amelia Piscitelli made her professional debut with Camerata Chicago in our October 2016 Sweetest Day Series and went on to perform the Vivaldi Four Seasons in October 2017. We are now recording the Four Seasons this summer for a new educational CD primarily for children which will include a performance of the complete work, the poetry Vivaldi wrote and numerous demonstrations of the sound effects he uses. As part of the recording project, we have two concerts to support the project on July 13 in Griffith and July 14 in Wayne.

The following video is Amelia’s debut with Camerata Chicago as part of the Sweetest Day Series in October 2016:

Amelia has been smiling to classical music since infancy and formally began playing violin at the age of four. From 2009-2014, she studied violin with Debbie Edwards, then in late Summer 2014, she began studying with Drostan Hall, her current teacher. She greatly enjoys playing violin, teaching violin, and playing specials with her violin students at church. She relishes the chamber music opportunities afforded her at Sforzando String Camp for the last 7 summers and has been privileged to be a member of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra since 2015.

Amelia is Concertmaster of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra. She performed an entire recital of virtuoso classics on 98.7WFMT Introductions on December 3, 2016. She was accompanied by Cindy Trowbridge and performed:

Violin Sonata No. 4 in D Major, HWV371, George Frideric Handel
– Movement 1 – Affettuoso
– Movement 2 – Allegro
Romanze Op. 26, Johan Svendsen
Praeludium and Allegro “in the Style of Pugnani”, Fritz Kreisler
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Fritz Kreisler
Melodie, Christoph Willibald Gluck
Scherzo tarantelle, Op.16, Henri Wieniawski

Handel Messiah 2019 Video

HANDEL’S MESSIAH and HALLELUJAH CHORUS

Handel Messiah 2019 Video

November 2, 2019
College Church, Wheaton

Watch this superb video and enjoy the outstanding musical artistry of Camerata Chicago and its fabulous choir performing the Messiah (Part I) by Handel with the Hallalujah Chorus. At the heart of our elite choir are some of the top choristers in Chicago. We had five wonderful soloists all conducted by Maestro Drostan Hall for our 2019 Messiah performances:

Robin Wiper, Soprano
Asher Moses, Boy Soprano
Sarah Holman, Mezzo-soprano
Jonathan Johnson, Tenor
Gerard Sundberg, Baritone

Baritone Gerard Sundberg, Soprano Robin Wiper, Tenor Jonathan Johnson, Mezzo-soprano Sarah Holman, Boy Soprano Asher Moses and Conductor Drostan Hall

We are very grateful to the Tyndale House Foundation and the Savegnago Family Partnership for their generous support of this sacred music series and Deby and Jamie Fellowes for their extremely generous support.

Sponsored by Tyndale House Foundation

Concerts

UPCOMING CONCERTS 2020 – 2021

Due to the extraordinary situation in which we all find ourselves the September 2020 Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto concerts have been postponed to September 24 & 25, 2021.

The November 2020 Handel Messiah concerts have been postponed to 2021. When we have the dates they will be listed here.

2021 Stefan Milenkovich: Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
SEP 24, 2021 Chicago Tickets | Information
SEP 25, 2021 Wheaton Tickets | Information

2020 Chamber Music

MARCH 7
CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT
MATHIAS TACKE and LYUDMILA LAKISOVA

3:00 p.m. MARCH 7
Sanctuary
Gary United Methodist Church
WHEATON

Classic Violin Sonatas

Classic violin sonatas with Mathias Tacke (violin) and Lyudmila Lakisova (piano).

Enjoy a fabulous performance of the Beethoven Spring Sonata with Internationally renowned violinist Mathias Tacke and Chicagoland pianist Lyudmila Lakisova in this chamber music concert. Mathias and Lyudmila will also perform the Bach Violin Sonata in B Minor and César Franck’s Violin Sonata.

Sonata Repertoire for Violin and Piano:

Beethoven Spring Sonata
César Franck Violin Sonata
Bach Sonata B Minor

2020 Chamber Music Artists

Mathias Tacke – Violin

Mathias Tacke is Concert Master of Camerata Chicago and was the second violinist of the acclaimed Vermeer Quartet, Chicago from 1992 until 2007. He is Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Northern Illinois University and Guest Lecturer for String Chamber Music at Northwestern University. Mathias was appointed Concertmaster of Camerata Chicago in the summer of 2008. … read more.

Lyudmila Lakisova – Piano

Lyudmila Lakisova graduated from the School of Music for Gifted Children, affiliated with the Belorussian State Conservatory of Music, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in 1988. She earned her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance, Pedagogy, and Chamber Music in 1993 with a Ph.D in Piano Accompaniment in 1995, both from the Belorussian State Conservatory of Music in Minsk. … read more.