2018 Vivaldi Four Seasons


7:30 p.m. Friday July 13, 2018
Griffith Lutheran Church, GRIFFITH

6 p.m. Saturday July 14, 2018
Dunham Woods Riding Club, WAYNE




Enjoy a fabulous performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by sixteen year old violin prodigy Amelia Piscitelli with poetry read by Steve Robinson of WFMT fame. Amelia was featured on the 98.7WFMT Introductions radio show and had her debut with Camerata Chicago in Fall 2016.

This concert is in support of Camerata Chicago’s Vivaldi Four Seasons Educational Recording Project and Griffith Lutheran Church. Including the poetry written by Vivaldi himself, the recording is for a CD designed especially for children to learn this classic and be inspired in the riches of classical music. Joyce Saxon is the Principal Project Sponsor.

Griffith: we take the Four Seasons to Griffith Lutheran Church, Indiana, Amelia’s home state for a benefit concert in support of the recording project.

Wayne: Enjoy the Four Seasons on the lawn in the beautiful grounds of the Dunham Woods Riding Club in Wayne. The lawn looks onto the patio at Corky’s next to the club where the orchestra is performing. Or sit in assigned seating and after the concert join us for our gala benefit dinner at the club house to support this recording project (50%) and the Wayne Area Conservancy Foundation (50%). The last date for ordering dinner tickets is midnight Wednesday July 11. (All lawn tickets will be available until the concert begins). If you have missed this deadline, do please call 630-221-5555 to see if any dinner tickets are still available.

For full details including ticket prices and descriptions with a map see:

GRIFFITH: 7:30 p.m. Friday July 13, 2018

WAYNE: 6 p.m. Saturday July 14, 2018

Shmuel Ashkenasi Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Shmuel Ashkenasi
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Fourth Church

College Church

World-renowned violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi will perform the famous Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. Shmuel has been our Artistic Advisor for many years and performed the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 with us in Wheaton in 2006.

Principal Oboe Amy Barwan will perform a very beautiful piece by Chicagoan composer Gregory Hutter, called “Still Life” for Oboe and String Orchestra.

Enjoy the outstanding musical artistry of Camerata Chicago performing the Beethoven Symphony No. 1.

Join us for a wonderful orchestral concert with virtuoso soloists conducted by English Maestro Drostan Hall.

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto: Shmuel Ashkenasi, violin
Hutter Still Life: Amy Barwan, Oboe
Beethoven Symphony No. 1

Hear two short clips of Shmuel Ashkenasi performing the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in 2006.

Shmuel Ashkenasi, Amy Barwan, Drostan Hall, Gregory Hutter

Discount codes extended to midnight April 6th and are valid for online tickets only. Using a Discount Code (New tab) This event is not sponsored by or a function of College Church

Shmuel Ashkenasi Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 CD

Our CD of Shmuel Ashkenasi performing the Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 is re-released on March 15, 2018. Receive a free copy of this CD when you donate to Camerata Chicago! Visit our Compact Discs page to see our entire range.


2018 Ashkenasi Series Artists

Shmuel Ashkenasi, Violin

shmuelashkenasi-0280x0360Born in Tel-Aviv, Israel in 1941, Shmuel Ashkenasi attended the Musical Academy of Tel-Aviv and gave his first public performance while still very young. He came to the United States on a scholarship to study with Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute. The international music community discovered Ashkenasi quickly, at Belgium’s Queen Elizabeth Competition, at Washington’s Meriwether Post Competition (first prize) and at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition in 1962. Ashkenasi has toured the Soviet Union twice and concertizes every year throughout Europe, Israel and the Far East. He often performs with American orchestras such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, Camerata Chicago, Vienna Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, and the orchestras of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Zurich, Rotterdam, Geneva and Stockholm; Ashkenasi has been the choice of many of the world’s most distinguished conductors, including Stokowski, Boehm, Kempe, Leinsdorf, Kubelik, Skrowaczewski and Ancerl. In addition, as first violinist of the famed Vermeer Quartet, he has gained a reputation as one of the world’s outstanding chamber musicians .

Ashkenasi recorded the Mozart 5th Violin concerto with Camerata Chicago and Drostan Hall on the DMD Classics label. He has also recorded for Deutche Gramaphone and Naxos.

“Ashkenasi performs all the astonishing acrobatics as if they were the easiest thing in the world. His performances put the music first and one can appreciate how remarkable (these concertos) were for their time. Any simple phrase is so beautifully and artistically expressed. You will have gathered that here is a really exceptional violinist and artist.” The Gramophone, London

Mr. Ashkenasi played with a great deal of dash and sparkle. He has aplomb and the instincts of a virtuoso violinist.”
New York Post

“Ashkenasi’s performance demonstrated his strong temperament. He has an extraordinary feeling for color. He has imagination and a big technique.”
New York Post

“Genuine Talent and profoundly gifted. His tone is sweet, beautiful and noble.
The Vienna Express

A masterly technique. Warm, clear and strong. The Japan Times

Amy Barwan, Oboe


Amy Barwan currently plays with the Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicago Philharmonic, Northwest Indiana Symphony, Camerata Chicago, and the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. She has worked under the baton of Solti, Barenboim, and Boulez, and has performed with Lyric Opera, Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Opera Theatre, Sarasota Opera, and the Grant Park Orchestra, to name a few. She recently performed with Broadway in Chicago for productions of Disneyís Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, and made her prime time television debut appearing in two episodes of the top-rated show, EMPIRE. This winter, Amy played principal oboe in performances of Joffreyís Giselle and Nutcracker productions.

Amy has been involved in several recording projects, including Brian Wilsonís new album featuring Jeff Beck. She can also be heard on Wendy Warnerís album with Camerata Chicago and Chicago Jazz Philharmonicís Trilogy Recording Project. In recent years, she has performed onstage with Bernadette Peters and Celtic Women, and has had the pleasure of working with stars such as Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, and Shirley Jones.

A native of Chicago, Amy is a graduate of DePaul University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Oboe Performance.

Gregory Hutter, Composer

Gregory Hutter PicGregory Hutter holds degrees from Western Michigan University, the University of Michigan, and Northwestern University. He has served on the DePaul School of Music faculty since 2002 and he also concurrently lectures at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His compositions have been performed by the Moravian Philharmonic, the Kiev Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, Musica Moderna (Poland), the Cassatt Quartet, the Maia Quartet, the Julstrom Quartet, Trio Callisto, the Carpe Diem Quartet, Duo Diorama, the Society for New Music (Syracuse), the Philovox Ensemble (Boston), Kantorei (Denver), pianists Winston Choi and Matthew McCright, Pinotage, Musica Nova (Israel), and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), among others. Hutter has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, in addition to receiving grants and fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, the MacDowell Colony, the American Music Center and the Meet the Composer Foundation. His debut full-length solo CD was released on the Naxos American Classics label in 2008. Individual compositions are recorded on various labels including Capstone, Navona and Innova. Most of his compositions are published in print by E.C. Schirmer. Hutter’s many distinguished teachers have included Ramon Zupko, C. Curtis-Smith, Michael Daugherty, William Bolcom, Evan Chambers, M. William Karlins, Alan Stout and Marta Ptaszynska.

Gregory Hutter Website

Gregory Hutter onYouTube

Sweetest Day 2017


Enjoy the outstanding musical artistry of Camerata Chicago performing Vivaldi and Bach.

Vivaldi Four Seasons

Vivaldi’s famous Four Seasons will be performed by 16 year old virtuoso violinist Amelia Piscitelli and Steve Robinson, former Executive Director of 98.7WFMT, will narrate the four seasons sonnets of poetry that go along with the music.

Watch a video of Amelia performing the Svendsen Romance with Camerata Chicago in 2016.

Virtuoso violinist Amelia Piscitelli will perform Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Virtuoso 16 year old violinist Amelia Piscitelli will perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

The Bach Double Violin Concerto

Our concertmaster Mathias Tacke, formerly of the Vermeer String Quartet and Amelia, who was featured on WFMT’s Introductions radio show last year, will perform the Bach double violin concerto. Drostan Hall conducts this wonderful string orchestra concert with virtuoso soloists performing baroque concerti and lyrical classics.


You will be given a
delicious parting gift of a
Sweetest Day
Graham’s Fine Chocolate
at the concert!

Steve Robinson, Amelia Piscitelli, Drostan Hall, Mathias Tacke

‘Veuve & Vivaldi’ Dinner & Concert Special Deal at the Ivy

Special 'Veuve & Vivaldi' event blog post: dinner + concert deal at The Ivy

'Veuve & Vivaldi' co-hosted on Facebook by The Ivy and Camerata Chicago

Veuve & Vivaldi event: enjoy a delicious dinner from 5pm at the Ivy Restaurant, Wheaton, followed by our wonderful Vivaldi Four Seasons concert at 7:30pm. Only a few steps away, the concert will be at Gary Methodist Church. Call the Ivy Restaurant (Wheaton) to reserve your place at Veuve & Vivaldi dinner & concert event for a 50% discount on this concert: 630-665-2489.

Read this excellent blog post about Vivaldi and the Veuve & Vivaldi event.



Steve Robinson, former Executive Director at 98.7WFMT

Steve Robinson, former Executive Director at 98.7WFMT giving a speech at Sweetest Day 2016 being awarded the Associate Concert Master Chair. Steve will present the four seasons of poetry which goes with the music.

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Veuve & Vivaldi Special Event Collaboration

On October 20, 2017, Camerata Chicago Orchestra will be performing Vivaldi and Bach at the Gary Methodist Church here in Wheaton. We are more than honored to collaborate and partner with Camerata Chicago Orchestra to create a dinner and orchestra package that will make for a lovely night out for local couples. Before the 7:30pm performance, we invite you to the restaurant to enjoy our “Veuve & Vivaldi”experience. Guests of the restaurant will be invited to experience Veuve Clicquot by the glass (something that is very rarely ever offered by restaurants!) or by the bottle. It’s a lovely way to toast to Vivaldi. Glass: $16 Bottle: $78 You will also have an opportunity to purchase tickets to the Camerata Chicago Orchestra event at 50% off—we encourage you to reserve tickets when you call to make a reservation or pick up tickets beforehand—and if weather is cooperative, you can walk to Gary Methodist Church and take full advantage of our complimentary valet service. Call (630) 665-2489 to reserve your table and tickets. More details available in the event blog post. Temporary blog link in bio. #ivyofwheaton #ivyrestaurant #veuveclicquot #vivaldi #cameratachicago #downtownwheaton #sweetestday #orchestra #violin #bach #datenight

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