2021 Academy Benefit Concert

ACADEMY BENEFIT CONCERT

6 pm AUGUST 27, 2021

PianoForte Studios, Chicago
Livestream

Amelia Piscitelli, violin
Cindy Trowbridge, Piano

Join violinist Amelia Piscitelli and pianist Cindy Trowbridge for this recital of works for violin and piano by Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Wieniawski, Rachmaninoff and Bloch. This benefit concert helps to raise funds to continue in our mission of inspiring the next generation of youthful musicians through our educational Academy program. Amelia is Concert Master of the Senior Academy Orchestra.

Repertoire

Beethoven Sonata No. 1 Opus 12 in D Major for piano and violin
Bach Gavotte en Rondeau
Wieniawski Polonaise Brilliant in D Major
Brahms Sonatensatz
Bloch Nigun
Rachmaninoff Vocalise

Violinist Amelia Piscitelli, Pianist Cindy Trowbridge and performing together at 98.7WFMT.

There are two editions of the concert on our ticket system:
Audience tickets: For those of you who would like to be physically present in the audience. If you purchase one of these you will receive a ticket to present at the box office as usual.
Livestream Tickets: When you purchase a $15 livestream ticket you will receive a link to the livestream in your confirmation email but no actual ticket. Coupon codes do not apply to livestream tickets.

The Academy

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The Senior Academy Orchestra

The Junior Academy Orchestra

Academy Benefit Concert Biographies

Amelia Piscitelli, violin

Amelia Piscitelli graduated as Salutatorian from Hammond Baptist High School (Schererville, IN) in May 2019. She is currently enrolled as a Music Performance major at Hyles-Anderson College, a Bible college in Crown Point, IN. Amelia has played violin since 2005 and began to study violin seriously with Stephanie Allen in 2008. From 2009-2014 her violin studies continued with Debbie Edwards (Downers Grove Suzuki Strings) followed by Drostan Hall (Hall School of Music) from 2014 to the present.

She joined Camerata Chicago Academy in 2015 and has been Concertmaster since 2017. In December 2016 she performed live on WFMT’s Introductions (Chicago, IL). Since then her professional experience with Camerata Chicago has also included solo opportunities. Her professional solo debut performing the Svendsen Romance in 2016; performing the Bach Double with Mathias Tacke in 2017; soloist for Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in 2017 and 2018; soloist as part of the Wheaton College Artist Series in 2019. DMD Records recently released her first solo recording in July 2019 of the Vivaldi Four Seasons. She is often requested to participate in vocal groups at FBC Hammond as a violinist and vocalist.

Cindy Trowbridge, piano

Cindy Trowbridge is a member of the piano faculty at College of DuPage, where she teaches private and class piano and serves as staff accompanist. She does extensive work as an accompanist for vocal and instrumental recitals at Wheaton College, and performs as a collaborative pianist throughout the Chicagoland area. Cindy is the principal pianist for Credo Flute, and has served as music director for Wheaton College’s Opera Music Theater program and as pianist for DuPage Opera Theater. She has released recordings with the Carey Consort and has been featured in several WFMT live broadcasts. Cindy holds a Master of Music from Indiana University, where she studied with Menahem Pressler, and a Bachelor of Music from DePauw University. Cindy has collaborated with Drostan Hall and Amelia Piscitelli on a number of broadcast performances and concerts.

Amelia Piscitelli and Cindy Trowbridge Performance

Amelia Piscitelli and Cindy Trowbridge performing the Svensden Romance at the Wheaton College Artist Series: Emerging Artists Showcase on October 24, 2020.

Concert Venue: Dunham Woods Riding Club

DUNHAM WOODS RIDING CLUB, WAYNE

33w333 Army Trail Road
Wayne, IL 60184

The July 31 Summer Camp Concert at 3 p.m. takes place at the Dunham Woods Riding Club set in beautiful grounds in Wayne. The lawn looks onto a patio at Corky’s next to the club. Concert tickets holders are invited to the Champagne Reception at 4:30pm. Those attending dinner will be served at 5:30pm.

Visit the Dunham Woods Riding Club website.

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

Academy 2020 Videos

Recording Session December 18, 2020

Senior Academy

There are 8 Videos in this playlist:

1 Bach A minor Violin Concerto BWV 1041 Movt 1
Soloist – Tabitha Rea

2 Beethoven Piano Quartet in C major, WoO 36 No. 1 Movt 1.
Soloist – Kate Johnston

Expanded for string orchestra

Mozart Symphony No 15 in G Major

3 Movt 1 Allegro
4 Movt 2 Andante
5 Movt 3 Minuet & Trio
6 Movt 4 Presto

7 Mascagni Intermezzo for Cavaliera Rusticana

8 Shostakovich Waltz No. 2

(From Suite for Variety Stage Orchestra)

Junior Academy

There are 3 Videos in this playlist:

1 Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.4 Movt. 3
2 Kuchler Concertino in D Movt. 1
3 Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.4 Movt. 3 – Section Principals

Junior Academy Section Principals
Audrianna Hall
Helen Gordeuk
Eva Dalmas
Iselin Byars
Lawrence Hall

For more Academy videos head over to Academy Videos.

2021 Jubilant Jupiter Series

Jubilant Jupiter Series


In a celebration of a return to live music, renowned soprano Robin Wiper performs the Mozart Exsultate Jubilate with the Camerata Chicago chamber orchestra. Conducted by Maestro Drostan Hall, Camerata Chicago will perform Tippett’s Fantasia Concertante based on theme by Corelli from the Concerto Grosso No 2, which is also included in the program.

Enjoy the outstanding musical artistry as the orchestra performs Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony.

Both concerts will have a physical audience and the October 2 Wheaton concert will also be livestreamed so you can watch remotely.

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Repertoire

Mozart Exsultate Jubilate with Soprano Robin Wiper
Tippett Fantasia Concertante based on theme by Corelli
Corelli Concerto Grosso No 2 in F Major
Mozart Jupiter Symphony No. 41 in C Major

Jubilant Jupiter Series Artists

October 1 Chicago 7:30 p.m. Concert
There is an audience only edition of this concert.

October 2 Wheaton 3 p.m. Concert
There are two editions of the October 2 Wheaton concert on our ticket system:
Livestream Tickets: When you purchase a $20 livestream ticket you will receive a link to the livestream in your confirmation email but no actual ticket. You can purchase this also if you intend to watch later than actually billed – we send you a link.
Audience tickets: For those of you who would like to be physically present in the audience to get the full orchestral experience. If you purchase one of these you will receive a ticket to present at the box office as usual. You will need to wear masks. VIP tickets are available if you would to be personally ushered to your front-row seats.

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Sacred Music 2021

HANDEL’S MESSIAH, HALLELUJAH CHORUS AND ZADOK THE PRIEST


Enjoy the outstanding musical artistry of Camerata Chicago and its new choir performing the Messiah (Part I – Christmas) by Handel with the Hallalujah Chorus and Zadok the Priest. 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:

Josefien Stoppelenburg, Soprano
Lauren Decker, Mezzosoprano
Jonathan Johnson, Tenor
Gerard Sundberg, Baritone

Singers Josefien Stoppelenburg, Lauren Decker, Jonathan Johnson and Gerard Sundberg

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.

Hallelujah Chorus Lyrics PDF Download

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

Sponsored by Tyndale House Foundation

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There are two editions of the December 11 Wheaton concert on our ticket system:

Audience tickets: For those of you who would like to be physically present in the audience to get the full orchestral and choral experience. If you purchase one of these you will receive a ticket to present at the box office as usual. You will need to wear masks. VIP tickets are available if you would like to be personally ushered to your reserved front-row seats.

Livestream Tickets: When you purchase a $20 livestream ticket you will receive a link to the livestream in your confirmation email but no actual ticket. You can purchase this also if you intend to watch later than actually billed – we will send you a link.

Please note that masks at these concerts will be mandatory.

The concert at College Church is presented by Camerata Chicago. It is not sponsored by or a function of College Church and its events.

Sacred Music 2021 Soloists

We have four great soloists for our 2021 Messiah concerts on December 10 in Chicago and December 11 in Wheaton:

Josefien Stoppelenburg – Soprano

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…. read more.

Lauren Decker – Contralto

Rising 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. … read more.

Jonathan Johnson – Tenor

Jonathan Johnson, Tenor - photo credit Simon PaulyRising young tenor Jonathan Johnson’s many recent engagements have included Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd at Opera Omaha, The Prince in The Love of Three Oranges with Opera Philadelphia (where he was named as one of their Emerging Artists), Jonathan Dale in Silent Night with Utah Opera, Beppe in I Pagliacci with Opera Colorado, the title role in Candide with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, and Des Moines Metro Opera; Hervey in Anna Bolena at Canadian Opera Company, Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor at Lyric Opera of Chicago … read more

Gerard Sundberg – Baritone

5B-g-sundberg-lg[11]-400Gerard Sundberg holds both Master of Fine Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Minnesota where he studied voice with Clifton Ware and Roy Schuessler. He is presently Professor Emeritus of Voice at Wheaton Conservatory of Music (Wheaton, IL), where he taught studio voice and vocal pedagogy. Living in the Twin City, MN area, he is an adjunct voice professor at Bethel University. Dr. Sundberg is also an active church musician, and vocal and choral clinician. … read more.