Lecture November 28

Lecture on Handel and his Messiah

by Maestro Drostan Hall

Monday November 28

1 pm – 2 pm

Harold Washington Library Center
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium

CPL YouTube Channel
CPL Facebook Page

Maestro Drostan Hall will feature George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, one of the world’s most famous and frequently performed choral works.

You will learn the historical background and anecdotes of the composer Handel and the piece in live and video presentations.

The 45-minute presentation will be followed by a 15-minute Q & A.

This event is available in person and online.

How to Attend in Person

Cindy Pritzker Auditorium
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State Chicago IL 60603

  • – Doors to the Auditorium open at 12:30 p.m.
  • – Seating is first come, first served (350 capacity).
  • – Masks are strongly encouraged in all CPL locations.
  • – If you have questions about visiting the library then check their Using the Library FAQ.

How to Attend Virtually

This event will take place live on the:

You’ll be able to ask questions during the event as well! If you can’t make it to the live stream they will archive the video on YouTube to watch later.

Automatic captioning is available via Facebook and YouTube’s closed captioning setting.

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Concerts 2022 - 2023

2022 Academy Orchestra Christmas Concert
Performances of works by C.P.E. Bach, Sibelius, Glazunov and Copland with amazing violin soloists Amelia Piscitelli and Tabitha Rea and a selection of Christmas Carols arranged for orchestra.
DEC 18, 2022 Wheaton Tickets | Information
2023 Soprano Katherine Petersen
Soprano Katherine Petersen performs Les Illuminations by Benjamin Britten with Camerata Chicago.
APR 21, 2023 Chicago NEIU Tickets | Information (NEIU Website)
APR 22, 2023 Wheaton Tickets | Information
APR 23, 2023 Naperville Tickets | Information

Sustaining Sponsor
Deby and Jamie Fellowes

Sponsored by James and Deby Fellowes

Recent Concerts

2022 Handel’s Messiah
Our Annual festive family-friendly series of the Messiah Part I Christmas Portion by Handel with Zadok the Priest and sing-along Hallelujah Chorus with the Camerata Chicago Orchestra and Choir and four world class soloists, including Peter Van De Graaff of 98.7WFMT.
NOV 11, 2022 Chicago Tickets | Information
NOV 12, 2022 Wheaton Tickets | Information
NOV 13, 2022 Naperville Tickets | Information

Download the Messiah Program Book PDF (Updated)

Download the Hallelujah Chorus Lyrics PDF

Download the Messiah Libretto PDF

Or Messiah Libretto Web page here

Series Sponsor
Generously sponsored by Tyndale House Foundation.

2022 Academy Christmas Concert

Academy Orchestra Concert

4 PM, DECEMBER 18, 2022
St. John Lutheran Church

The Academy Fall Semester Concert will take place on December 18 and will feature performances of works from C.P.E. Bach, Sibelius, Glazunov and Copland with amazing violin soloists Amelia Piscitelli and Tabitha Rea.

Enjoy an excellent selection of Christmas Carols to celebrate the festive season.

The Academy was featured last year on the 98.7 WFMT radio show Introductions.

Enjoy a delightful afternoon for only $20 a ticket and children can attend for free!

Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra with soloists Amelia Piscitelli and Tabitha ReaPictured: Concert Master and Soloist Amelia Piscitelli (Top left), and Soloist Tabitha Rea (Bottom left) with the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra.

Tabitha Rea will perform a C.P.E. Bach Concerto

Amelia Piscitelli will perform Glanunov


Meditation Glazunov

C. P. E. Bach

Sibelius: Andante Festivo

Copland Hoe down

Selection of Christmas Carols


2023 Soprano Katherine Petersen

April 2023

In a celebration of the delights of the voice, amazing Soprano Katherine Petersen performs Les Illuminations by Benjamin Britten with the Camerata Chicago Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maestro Drostan Hall. Camerata Chicago will also perform a variety of orchestral and lyrical classics.

Soprano Katherine Petersen, conductor Drostan Hall and Camerata Chicago. Photo Credits: Katherine Petersen Anthony Linh Nguyen; Drostan Hall and Camerata Chicago: Dan Andersen

Presented by NEIU Jewel Box Series

April 21
NEIU Chicago Concert

Presented by Camerata Chicago

April 22 Wheaton Concert
First Presbyterian Church

April 23 Naperville Concert
New Covenant Church

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

If you have a coupon / discount code
(for example from our concerts schedule
newsletter) please note it is valid only for
concerts presented by Camerata Chicago
– the April 22 and April 23 concerts..
It is valid online only and not at the door.

The April 22 concert venue will be announced in due course.

2023 Stefan Milenkovich Concerts

October 2023

Stefan Milenkovich October 27 - 28, 2023

Stefan Milenkovich performs the
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Save the Date
October 27 & 28, 2023

The Camerata Chicago Chamber Orchestra will present two concerts on October 27 & 28, 2023 in Chicago and Wheaton.

World famous Serbian violinist Stefan Milenkovich will perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major with Music Director Drostan Hall.

These concerts are presented in celebration of the work of Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, Inc of Chicago founded by HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia. The series is sponsored by Dr. Nikola and Tatjana Nenadovich.


98.7 WFMT Broadcast: Academy featured on Introductions show

The WFMT radio show Introductions is to feature the Academy Orchestra. The show will be broadcast on Saturday, March 27 at 11 am by Robbie Ellis, Presenter and Producer. The show will air our recent recordings of Mozart’s Symphony No 15 and Shostakovich and an interview with Academy member Patience Smith.

WFMT 98.7 Logo

The Senior and Junior Academy orchestras were professionally recorded on December 18 as part of the Camerata Chicago Academy classroom learning program. This performance was recorded without an audience in place of an end of semester concert.