Amelia Piscitelli featured in the WCAS Young Artists Showcase series


AMELIA PISCITELLI
Concertmaster, Academy Orchestra

YOUNG ARTISTS SHOWCASE CONCERT
Wheaton College Artists Series
Free Virtual Event, Wheaton

7:30 pm OCTOBER 24, 2020

INFORMATION | REGISTER

Our Academy Concertmaster Amelia Piscitelli will perform for the Wheaton College Artist Series at 7:30 pm on October 24, 2020. This concert premieres a new series called the Young Artist Showcase. The concert will be live-streamed from new Armerding Concert Hall in the Armerding Center for Music and the Arts. For more information call WCAS on 630-752-5099. The concert is free and you can register here.

WCAS

You can also download a podcast from 98.7WFMT of Amelia’s recent Introductions radio show here.

WFMT 98.7 LogoSee further information and Amelia’s biography.

98.7WFMT Podcast of Introductions Show with Amelia Piscitelli

The podcast of the 98.7WFMT Introductions radio show with Amelia Piscitelli, Concertmaster of the Academy Orchestra, is now available. The show was broadcast on Saturday July 18 and  profiled Introductions alum Amelia Piscitelli, currently between her freshman and sophomore years at college. Robbie Ellis presenter and producer looked back at her Introductions recital as a 15-year-old in 2016, as well as her work as concertmaster and soloist with two orchestras under the Camerata Chicago banner.

Amelia Piscitelli graduated as Salutatorian from Hammond Baptist High School in Schererville, Indiana in 2019. She is currently enrolled as a Music Performance major at Hyles-Anderson College, a Bible college in Crown Point, Indiana. Amelia has studied violin with Stephanie Allen and Debbie Edwards, and currently studied with Drostan Hall. She joined the Camerata Chicago Academy in 2015 and has been Concertmaster of the Academy Orchestra since 2017. She appeared live on WFMT’s Introductions in 2016. She has appeared as a soloist with Camerata Chicago on multiple occasions, including performing Vivaldi’s complete Four Seasons and recording them for DMD Records. She has also been Concertmaster of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra since 2017.

Amelia, Camerata Chicago, and the Joffrey Ballet are set to collaborate on another performance of the Four Seasons, with world-premier choreography, as part of the Wheaton College Artist Series in January 2021.

PODCAST Playlist

Melodie, from Orphée et Euridice, by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Amelia Piscitelli, violin
Cindy Trowbridge, piano
First broadcast December 3, 2016

Symphony No. 15 in G, K. 124, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
I. Allegro
Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra
Drostan Hall, conductor
Performed December 7, 2019

Violin Sonata No. 4 in D, HWV 371, by George Frideric Handel
I. Affetuoso
II. Allegro
Amelia Piscitelli, violin
Cindy Trowbridge, piano
First broadcast December 3, 2016

“Autumn” from The Four Seasons, by Antonio Vivaldi
Amelia Piscitelli, violin
Steve Robinson, narrator
Camerata Chicago
Drostan Hall, conductor
Released on DMD Classics DMD-03152019

Ten years since Sir Charles Mackerras died

Sir Charles Mackerras, for many years International Advisor to Camerata Chicago, died ten years ago today, July 14.

Music Director Drostan Hall said: “We remember him fondly! He was a giant of the musical world and we are very grateful that he chose to become our International Advisor. It was a huge pleasure to work with him. He generously gave me several of his batons which I treasure! We miss him greatly.”

MackerrasLegacy.com has published some previously unreleased interviews Sir Charles gave. The site includes his nephew, Drostan Hall, conducting Camerata Chicago in a  performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 5 which Jon Tolansky compares directly with Sir Charles’s own recording with the Liverpool Philharmonic. It was concluded that the Mackerras spirit lives on in Drostan’s work as conductor. (From “Charles Mackerras Master Conductor” produced by Jon Tolanski for 98.7 WFMT.)

Photo Credit (c) 2007 Bartholomew Hall

98.7WFMT Broadcast: Introductions Amelia Piscitelli

This Saturday, 98.7WFMT Introductions radio show profiles Introductions alum Amelia Piscitelli, currently between her freshman and sophomore years at college. We look back at her Introductions recital as a 15-year-old in 2016, as well as her working as concertmaster and soloist with two orchestras under the Camerata Chicago banner.

Amelia Piscitelli graduated as Salutatorian from Hammond Baptist High School in Schererville, Indiana in 2019. She is currently enrolled as a Music Performance major at Hyles-Anderson College, a Bible college in Crown Point, Indiana. Amelia has studied violin with Stephanie Allen and Debbie Edwards, and currently studied with Drostan Hall. She joined the Camerata Chicago Academy in 2015 and has been Concertmaster of the Academy Orchestra since 2017. She appeared live on WFMT’s Introductions in 2016. She has appeared as a soloist with Camerata Chicago on multiple occasions, including performing Vivaldi’s complete Four Seasons and recording them for DMD Records. She has also been Concertmaster of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra since 2017.

Amelia, Camerata Chicago, and the Joffrey Ballet are set to collaborate on another performance of the Four Seasons, with world-premier choreography, as part of the Wheaton College Artist Series in January 2021.

Playlist

Melodie, from Orphée et Euridice, by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Amelia Piscitelli, violin
Cindy Trowbridge, piano
First broadcast December 3, 2016

Symphony No. 15 in G, K. 124, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
I. Allegro
Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra
Drostan Hall, conductor
Performed December 7, 2019

Violin Sonata No. 4 in D, HWV 371, by George Frideric Handel
I. Affetuoso
II. Allegro
Amelia Piscitelli, violin
Cindy Trowbridge, piano
First broadcast December 3, 2016

“Autumn” from The Four Seasons, by Antonio Vivaldi
Amelia Piscitelli, violin
Steve Robinson, narrator
Camerata Chicago
Drostan Hall, conductor
Released on DMD Classics DMD-03152019

Amelia Piscitelli Artist Profile

Amelia Piscitelli made her professional debut with Camerata Chicago in our October 2016 Sweetest Day Series and went on to perform the Vivaldi Four Seasons in October 2017. We are now recording the Four Seasons this summer for a new educational CD primarily for children which will include a performance of the complete work, the poetry Vivaldi wrote and numerous demonstrations of the sound effects he uses. As part of the recording project, we have two concerts to support the project on July 13 in Griffith and July 14 in Wayne.

The following video is Amelia’s debut with Camerata Chicago as part of the Sweetest Day Series in October 2016:

Amelia has been smiling to classical music since infancy and formally began playing violin at the age of four. From 2009-2014, she studied violin with Debbie Edwards, then in late Summer 2014, she began studying with Drostan Hall, her current teacher. She greatly enjoys playing violin, teaching violin, and playing specials with her violin students at church. She relishes the chamber music opportunities afforded her at Sforzando String Camp for the last 7 summers and has been privileged to be a member of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra since 2015.

Amelia is Concertmaster of the Camerata Chicago Academy Orchestra. She performed an entire recital of virtuoso classics on 98.7WFMT Introductions on December 3, 2016. She was accompanied by Cindy Trowbridge and performed:

Violin Sonata No. 4 in D Major, HWV371, George Frideric Handel
– Movement 1 – Affettuoso
– Movement 2 – Allegro
Romanze Op. 26, Johan Svendsen
Praeludium and Allegro “in the Style of Pugnani”, Fritz Kreisler
Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Fritz Kreisler
Melodie, Christoph Willibald Gluck
Scherzo tarantelle, Op.16, Henri Wieniawski

Concerts

UPCOMING CONCERTS 2020 – 2021

The September 25, 2020 and September 26, 2020 concerts have been postponed to September 2021 due to the extraordinary situation in which we all find ourselves.
2021 Stefan Milenkovich: Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
SEP 24, 2021 Chicago Tickets | Information
SEP 25, 2021 Wheaton Tickets | Information

Messiah Articles

Two articles recently published for your reading pleasure:

Wheaton Stage to Welcome Camerata Chicago Chamber Orchestra in Messiah
by Renee Tomell, Kane County Chronicle

https://www.kcchronicle.com/2019/10/28/wheaton-stage-to-welcome-camerata-chicago-chamber-orchestra-in-messiah/d2ylazy/

The article presents an interview with Music Director Drostan Hall and discusses various aspects of the upcoming performances.

Handel’s Messiah: the Consequences of an Idea
by Bartholomew Hall, contributing to the Clapham School blog (Wheaton):

https://www.claphamschool.org/our-community/blog/handels-messiah-the-consequences-of-an-idea

The Joyce Saxon Music Director Chair

In recognition of Joyce’s extraordinary commitment
and love of Camerata Chicago and with gratitude for the
first legacy gift bequeathed to Camerata Chicago, we henceforth
dedicate the Music Director Chair to

JOYCE SAXON

The dedication took place at the Saxon Series: Complete Bach Brandenburg Concerti performance in Chicago on September 20, 2019. Joyce’s generous legacy gift provides for an annual concert series – The Saxon Series.

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