Sweetest Day Series 2016 Videos

Videos presented here are from the Sweetest Day Series 2016:
October 14, 2016: Chicago Fourth Presbyterian Church
October 16, 2016: Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts


Steve Robinson Award Presentation

Mary Mahaffey presents a plaque to 98.7WFMT Steve Robinson

98.7WFMT Vice President Steve Robinson was presented with an award for his huge contribution to Chicago music and musicians on October 14, 2016 by Mary Mehaffey, a Member of the Board of Camerata Chicago. The award represents the Steve Robinson Associate Concert Master Chair of the orchestra. Steve retired from 98.7 WFMT at the end of the summer.

October 14, 2016: Chicago Fourth Presbyterian Church

Atterberg Suite for Strings, Violin & Viola

Mathias Tacke, Violin (Concert Master); Rose Armbrust, Viola (Principal Viola)

October 14, 2016: Chicago Fourth Presbyterian Church

October 16, 2016: Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts

Camerata Chicago would like to thank the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts for presenting this concert on October 16, 2016 as part of their series and for graciously allowing us to have our videographer capture the event.

Svendsen Romance for Violin & Orchestra

15 year old Amelia Piscitelli, violin

October 14, 2016: Chicago

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October 14 Chicago Photos

Steve Robinson, Vice President of 98.7 WFMT being awarded the Associate Concert Master Chair by Camerata Chicago board member Mary Mehaffey at the October 14, 2016 Sweetest Day concert in Chicago. This is in recognition of Steve’s marvelous contribution to the Chicago music community. Steve retired a few weeks ago.


The award is an engraved plaque:


Steve Robinson giving a speech:


Amelia Piscitelli and Maestro Drostan Hall in the final rehearsal:


Amelia playing the Svendsen. Meanwhile, Eric Arunas, 98.7 WFMT’s amazing recording engineer, is setting up.


Mathias Tacke and Rose Armbrust rehearsing the Atterberg Suite:


You can still purchase tickets for the October 16 Schaumburg concert here.

#sweetestday @CamerataChicago looking very happy during the final rehearsal:


With conductor Drostan Hall are:

Violin: Mathias Tacke, Concert Master
Kathleen Carter, Alin Cernaianu, Heather Hempel, Michael McGuan, Dmitry Melkumov, Ann Monzka – Smelser*, Talia Pavia, Amelia Piscitelli, Danielle Seaman
Viola: Rose Armbrust*, Aimee Biasiello, Istvan Loga
Cello: Christopher Ferrer**, Timothy Archbold, Sarah Sitzer
Bass: Hannah Novak*

** Acting Principal

98.7 WFMT Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations Broadcast

October 16 Schaumburg Tickets



WFMT 98.7 LogoOur Sweetest Day series started with a 98.7 WFMT broadcast of our Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with cellist Julian Schwarz at noon on Friday October 14, with host Lisa Flynn. We listened live on wfmt.com. WFMT’s Eric Arunas recorded this performance (see videos of this concert here) on April 29, 2016 at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago as indeed he is recording the #sweetestday concert October 14 at 7pm (see photos).cameratachicago-20160429-chicago-015-0600x0274

Sweetest Day Series Promotional Video


The music is the opening theme from Blumhofer’s Variations on Thaxted, a theme by Holst, performed by Camerata Chicago in 2003 and recorded by Bruce Currie, Camerata Chicago’s President, clarinet player and recording engineer. It was commissioned and written by Jonathan Blumhofer especally for Camerata Chicago’s inaugural performance. It will be performed as part of the Sweetest Day Series concerts on October 14 and 16.

This video is also available on our Facebook page.


Sweetest Day Series 2016

Sweetest Day Series 2016
Soloists: Amelia Piscitelli
Mathias Tacke & Rose Armbrust

October 14 Chicago Tickets | October 16 Schaumburg Tickets

Amelia Piscitelli, violin
Virtuoso 15 year old prodigy will perform the Svendsen Romance. Amelia has been selected by 98.7 WFMT to be featured on its radio show Introductions.
Rose Armbrust, Amelia Piscitelli, Mathias Tacke
Sponsored by Graham’s Fine Chocolates, Wheaton,
Drostan Hall, conductor


A wonderful string orchestra concert with soloists performing romances, suites and lyrical classics. The repertoire will include the Atterberg Suite for Solo violin, viola and strings with Mathias Tacke and Rose Armbrust, and the Svendsen Romance for Violin and Orchestra performed by Amelia Piscitelli.

This concert will be recorded by 98.7 WFMT for future broadcast.


Repertoire for string orchestra includes:

Svendsen Romance for Violin and Orchestra
Amelia Piscitelli, violin

Atterberg Suite for Solo violin, viola and strings
Mathias Tacke,violin and Rose Armbrust, viola

Blumhofer Variations on Thaxted (Holst)
Specially commissioned from composer Jonathan Blumhofer
by Camerata Chicago in 2003 for its inaugural season.

Bartok Rumanian Dances

Warlock Capriol Suite

Rutter Suite for Strings

Maestro will delight you with short interpolated
recitations of romantic love poetry.

Conducted by Drostan Hall

Purchase tickets for Octboer 14 Chicago Concert

Purchase tickets for the October 16 Schaumburg concert


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Photoset: Amelia Piscitelli, violin; Drostan Hall, conductor
Camerata Chicago Orchestra, April 29, 2016, Fourth Presbyterian Church.

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