2022 Vivaldi Four Seasons January 29

Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

Rika Seko, violin
Kailey Bell, narrator
Drostan Hall, conductor

Camerata Chicago will perform the iconic Four Seasons by Vivaldi at the Wheaton College Artist Series with virtuoso violinist Rika Seko, with Vivaldi’s specially written poetry narrated by renowned actress Kailey Bell.

Maestro Hall will take you through this iconic work with explanations and excerpts from the orchestra giving you insight into one of the most famous pieces of programmatic music ever written.

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

In a celebration of 50 years of the Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College, the orchestra and five Wheaton College cellists will perform Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto.

Actress Kailey Bell will narrate the poetry which Vivaldi wrote to accompany his set of violin concerti and will give the whole story of the four seasons as they progress through the many musical images written in the concerti themselves.

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Wheaton College Artist Series

Face masks will be required to attend the concert
which will be seated to allow social distancing.


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

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 Chicago Philharmonic, Lyric Opera of Chicago and Camerata Chicago. As soloist she has performed with Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra (WI) and Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra (IL). She gave the Colombian premier performance of Serenade by Bernstein in 2006.

Currently she is Concertmaster at Elmhurst Symphony and a member of Grant Park Music Festival Symphony, Music of the Baroque, Fulcrum Point New Music Project and Associate Concert Master of Camerata Chicago.

2022 Golden Age of Baroque

In a celebration of the Golden Age of Baroque, trumpeter Travis Heath performs the Tartini Trumpet Concerto with Camerata Chicago conducted by Maestro Drostan Hall. Camerata Chicago will perform the Concerto Grosso Alexander’s Feast by Handel, the Air from Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 and the Holberg Suite by Grieg – a variety of baroque and lyrical classics in a program which heralds the delights of spring.

April 21 Dress Rehearsal

10 am – 1 pm Thursday April 21, College Church, Wheaton

Attend the dress rehearsal for the Golden Age of Baroque Concert Series. This is a special event hosted by the Camerata Chicago Ladies Guild. Witness the Maestro putting the finishing touches on the performance repertoire and meet him at the break. See more information below or by clicking the Tickets button.

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Generously sponsored by Compass Mortgage, Warrenville.


Tartini Trumpet Concerto with Travis Heath
Handel Alexander’s Feast Concerto Grosso
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3 – Air
Grieg Holberg Suite

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April 22
NEIU Chicago Concert

Presented by Camerata Chicago

April 23 Wheaton Concert

April 24 Naperville Concert

Both concerts will have a physical audience and masks will be optional.

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Dress Rehearsal

April 21 Wheaton

10 am – 1 pm Thursday April 21, College Church, Wheaton

DRESS REHEARSAL This event is a Dress Rehearsal for the Golden Age of Baroque concert series with trumpeter Travis Heath and Camerata Chicago conducted by Maestro Drostan Hall. Witness the Maestro putting the finishing touches on the performance repertoire and meet Maestro Hall at the break.

Purchase Tickets April 23 Wheaton

Event Schedule

– 9:30 – 9:50 Arrive with greeting by Camerata Chicago Ladies Guild representative, then front and center seating

– 10:00 rehearsal begins

– 11:20 – 11:45 (approximate) orchestra break. Your own break can be extended as needed to allow an enjoyable break. Guests who would like to stay for the remainder of rehearsal will be guided back into the rehearsal quietly at a convenient time.

– 13:00 rehearsal ends

General Information

– The rehearsal will start promptly with a complete run of the concert program, so please arrive on time.

– Camerata Chicago will provide coffee, tea and water in the Fireside room.

– You can meet meet and mingle with the musicians at the break.

– There will be a short greeting by Maestro Hall.

– Guests can stay for the full duration of the rehearsal (10 a.m. – 1 p.m. including a break at 11:20 a.m.)

– You may also leave after the break if desired.

– Downtown Wheaton is lovely and nearby, you could go for a stroll or stay for lunch at one of the many excellent restaurants in town.

Further Information

If you have any questions or specific requests then please contact Ariane Hall, Camerata Chicago Ladies’ Guild, (312) 799 0916.

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.