Sacred Music 2019

HANDEL’S MESSIAH and HALLELUJAH CHORUS

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Enjoy the outstanding musical artistry of Camerata Chicago and its new choir performing the Messiah (Part I – Christmas) by Handel with the Hallalujah Chorus. At the heart of our elite choir are some of the top choristers in Chicago. We have four wonderful soloists all conducted by Maestro Drostan Hall:

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

The Angel: You will be treated to a special appearance of boy soprano Asher Moses who will sing the part of The Angel.

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.

Preconcert Talk: Renowned musicologist Professor Jonathan Saylor will give a fascinating talk about Handel and The Messiah before each concert. Entry is free for all wishing to attend his 30 minute talk.

November 1 Preconcert Talk: 6:45 pm Chicago
November 2 Preconcert Talk: 2:15 pm Wheaton


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

Sponsored by Tyndale House Foundation

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We have a range of ticket types on our ticket system – select the front rows with a VIP ticket or choose tickets for children. All concertgoers of age 16 and under can go for free with a paying adult! Discounts are available online only, not at the door, so if you have a coupon code please buy tickets online! Click here for details of how to use a discount coupon code.

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Tickets Price
Adult
Enjoy the concert! Unassigned seats.
$50
Senior
Enjoy the concert! Unassigned seats.
$40
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A low cost ticket for students with relevant ID.
$10
16 & Under
For concertgoers of 16 & Under attending with a paying adult.
Free
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Front rows are reserved for VIP ticket holders.
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The concert at College Church is presented by Camerata Chicago. It is not sponsored by or a function of College Church and its events.

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Messiah Articles

Two articles recently published for your reading pleasure:

Wheaton Stage to Welcome Camerata Chicago Chamber Orchestra in Messiah
by Renee Tomell, Kane County Chronicle

https://www.kcchronicle.com/2019/10/28/wheaton-stage-to-welcome-camerata-chicago-chamber-orchestra-in-messiah/d2ylazy/

The article presents an interview with Music Director Drostan Hall and discusses various aspects of the upcoming performances.

Handel’s Messiah: the Consequences of an Idea
by Bartholomew Hall, contributing to the Clapham School blog (Wheaton):

https://www.claphamschool.org/our-community/blog/handels-messiah-the-consequences-of-an-idea

The Joyce Saxon Music Director Chair

In recognition of Joyce’s extraordinary commitment
and love of Camerata Chicago and with gratitude for the
first legacy gift bequeathed to Camerata Chicago, we henceforth
dedicate the Music Director Chair to

JOYCE SAXON

The dedication took place at the Saxon Series: Complete Bach Brandenburg Concerti performance in Chicago on September 20, 2019. Joyce’s generous legacy gift provides for an annual concert series – The Saxon Series.

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Preconcert Talk on Handel’s Messiah

Renowned musicologist Professor Jonathan Saylor will give a fascinating talk about Handel and his famous work The Messiah before each concert.

Entry is free for all wishing to attend his 30 minute talk.

November 1 Preconcert Talk: 6:45 pm Chicago
November 2 Preconcert Talk: 2:15 pm Wheaton

This fascinating talk will provide some interesting historical context, and Professor Saylor will share his insights into the background of this work and its composer and then suggest some specific things concertgoers can listen for during the performances themselves.


Professor Saylor also performs with Camerata Chicago as Principal Bassoon and will take part in performances of The Messiah.

Sacred Music 2019 Soloists

We have five great soloists for our 2019 Messiah concerts on November 1 in Chicago and November 2 in Wheaton:

Robin Wiper – Soprano

1S-robinwiper-0150x0180Robin Wiper received her Masters Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and has had the blessing to learn from many famous Master Clinicians, Teachers and Coaches during her 25 -plus years of study, performance and teaching. She has studied acting, directing, pedagogy, movement and dance, and has twice been a Certified Actor Combatant in six weapons as a stage combat artist with the Society of American Fight Directors. … read more.

Asher Moses – Boy Soprano

Asher Frederick Moses, age 9, has grown up in a musical family. The youngest of five siblings, he has enjoyed listening to them sing, play violin, viola, piano and drums. Since the age of five, he has been part of a children’s choir with live orchestra for One Way Ministries’ annual SHINE Concerts at Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville. Last year he soloed for a youth choir led by his voice teacher, Danielle York Miller. In February 2019, he was a finalist in the Sinfonietta Bel Canto Voice Competition. Asher’s favorite composers are Bach and Handel. He is homeschooled and enjoys studying … read more.

Sarah Holman – Mezzo-soprano

Sarah Holman, mezzo-soprano, recently performed Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli with the Rockford Symphony and was a featured soloist in Ivor Novello: A Celebration with the Kansas City World War I Museum and William Jewell College. She has performed with the Lake Forest Symphony, Chicago Master Singers, and DePaul Community Chorus. Her frequent concert repertoire includes Handel’s Messiah, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Bach’s Cantata No. 147 Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, Elgar’s The Light of Life, Stanford’s Stabat Mater, Bruckner’s Mass in D minor, Dvořák’s … read more.

Jonathan Johnson – Tenor

This season, American tenor Jonathan Johnson makes his debut as The Prince in The Love for Three Oranges at Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O19, as Beppe in I Pagliacci at Opera Colorado, and Matthew Gurney in Emmeline at Tulsa Opera. In concert, Johnson appears as a soloist with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri as the Young Man, with the Detroit Symphony for Messiah, and in recital with the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago. Johnson is also an Emerging Artist for Opera Philadelphia, where he will be singing … read more

Gerard Sundberg – Baritone

5B-g-sundberg-lg[11]-400Gerard Sundberg’s compelling baritone voice is celebrated nationally for its beauty and clarity. He has performed frequently with Chicago Master Singers, Chicago Chorale, Duke University, and the Peoria (IL) Bach Festival. This past season he celebrated his 20th Handel Messiah performance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He has also sung with the Oregon Bach Festival under the artistic leadership of Helmuth Rilling. Rilling praised Mr. Sundberg for his “exceptionally stunning high range” and “perfect command of the German language and high musicality”. Dr. Sundberg is … read more.

Mathias Tacke, concert master

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Mathias 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.He will undertake his new position beginning in the fall 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.