98.7 WFMT to broadcast our new Mozart Symphonies CD release

Dennis Moore will broadcast our new Mozart Symphonies CD release in his 98.7WFMT show “Weekend Mornings With Dennis Moore” on Sunday March 26 at 10am! Click here to listen live.


See our Compact Discs selection for details of how to obtain this CD.



This Mozart Symphonies CD features two of Mozart’s most famous works, both in G Minor. Symphony No. 25 was recorded by Eric Arunas on January 28, 2017 and Symphony No. 40 was recorded on April 29, 2016.

The two Mozart symphonies on this CD are breathtakingly performed by Maestro Hall and his Camerata Chicago. The music is delivered with great vivacity and bounce, with brisk tempi that never seem too fast but are always energetic. The slow movements are played with grace and a deeply felt passion that engages the listeners at all times and Maestro Hall’s exquisite understanding of the 18th Century style is palpable throughout. The recording itself is beautifully and richly captured by Eric Arunas, one of the finest classical music engineers in the country.  Recordings of these symphonies have been made by the greatest orchestras in the world but it would be difficult to find one as good as this one.” Steve Robinson, Former Executive Vice President, 98.7WFMT.

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Mozart Birthday Celebration Concerts 2017

Photos from our rehearsals for Mozart Birthday Celebration weekend.

A stunning show on January 27 combining the best of ballet with outstanding orchestral performance. Joffrey Academy of Dance performs with us at the Artist Series. Celebrating Mozart’s birthday, you will be treated to his 25th Symphony and the overture to La Finta Giardiniera, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings and Saint-Saens Valse-Caprice with pianist Sun Chang.

In the January 28 concert in Chicago we will perform these great works in their purely orchestral form in Chicago at Fourth Church where we are Orchestra-in-Residence.

January 26 Rehearsal: Full Orchestra and Joffrey Academy of Dance


20170126-114355-co-1080 January 25 Rehearsal: Full Orchestra


January 24 Rehearsal: Strings



January 24: Conductor Drostan Hall with Concert Master Mathias Tacke
January 27
Mozart Birthday Celebration
Wheaton College Artist Series with the Joffrey Academy of Dance
January 28
Mozart Birthday Celebration
Chicago at Fourth Church

98.7 WFMT Introductions Broadcast Academy Orchestra


Our December 10 Academy Orchestra broadcast on 98.7WFMT Introductions was wonderful to hear. Click here for the podcast.



WFMT broadcasted highlights of the Academy Orchestra’s Spring Semester concert (from May 7, 2016) on it’s Introductions radio show. Here is a photo of the Academy on May 7, 2016.


Pieces on the playlist:

Suite for Solo violin, viola and strings by Atterberg performed by Ellen Maloney, violin and alumnus Max Lowery, viola. Ellen Maloney is our Academy Orchestra Concert Master. (Watch brilliant videos of Ellen and Max here.)

Bartok Rumanian Dances, Warlock Capriol Suite and the Brook Green Suite Holst conducted by alumnus 10 year old Ellin Liu.

WFMT Introductions Broadcast Amelia Piscitelli


Academy violinist Amelia Piscitelli live



WFMT invited Amelia to perform live this Saturday morning. Amelia is Associate Concert Master (first violin) in the Academy Orchestra and recently made her professional debut with Camerata Chicago as part of our Sweetest Day series.

She performed the Svendsen Romance for Violin and Orchestra on October 16, 2016:

Charles Mackerras Birthday

Sir Charles Mackerras, for many years International Advisor to Camerata Chicago, would have been 91 today, November 17. MackerrasLegacy.com has published some previously unreleased photos of Sir Charles.

Camerata Chicago’s performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 7 is compared with Sir Charles own recording in the documentary “Charles Mackerras Master Conductor” produced by Jon Tolanski for 98.7 WFMT.

Photo Credit (c) 2007 Bartholomew Hall


Orchestra-in-Residence Fourth Church

We are delighted to announce that Camerata Chicago has been appointed Orchestra-in-Residence at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago.

The inaugural concert of the residency will be a magnificent performance of the Mozart C Minor Mass on November 11, 2016 with the Fourth Church Choral Society, conducted by Drostan Hall.

At the heart of the Fourth Church Choral Society are members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Lyric Opera, directed by Organist and Music Director John W. Sherer. The performance will comprise an eighty member double chorus, organ, chamber orchestra and four soloists:
•    Laura Perkett, Soprano
•    Kimberly Gunderson, Soprano II
•    Cole Seaton, Tenor
•    Daniel Richardson, Bass

Fourth Presbyterian Church is located in the Magnificent Mile neighborhood of Chicago directly across Michigan Avenue from the John Hancock Center. The relationship between religious faith and the arts is expressed in a comprehensive program of artistic expression that emphasizes excellence in performance as a part of regular public worship as well as concerts and dramatic presentations.

Fourth Church Press Release

Camerata Chicago Press Release


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

Collaboration with Joffrey Academy

We are absolutely delighted to be working with the splendid Joffrey Academy and the incomparable Wheaton College Artist Series. Tony Payne, the General Manager, has brought great commitment and steadfast enthusiasm to this venture. This marvelous collaboration represents an outstanding opportunity to combine orchestral repertoire with ballet at its finest.

Drostan Hall, Music Director of Camerata Chicago, said “artistic excellence will emerge with the confluence of Joffrey Academy, Camerata Chicago and the Artist Series at Wheaton College. This will bring a unique concert experience to the audience and working together will be a great privilege”.

Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet said: “We are thrilled to partner with the Wheaton College Artist Series and Camerata Chicago. The Joffrey Trainees and Studio Company are highly skilled students on the cusp of their professional careers. The opportunity to perform with one of the finest chamber orchestras is invaluable. We look forward to showcasing the Academy’s world-class training in this new collaboration.”

In a letter to concertgoers, Tony Payne, General Manager of the Artist Series, said: “We are very honored to present the Joffrey Academy with Drostan Hall conducting Camerata Chicago in a program of dance and orchestral music. If there is a household word in ballet today, JOFFREY might well be that word.”

This special collaboration will feature Mozart’s Symphony No. 25 in G Minor and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings on January 27, 2017 at the Wheaton College Artist Series.

January 27, 2017 Artist Series tickets and further information

Chicago Tribune Featured Pick

John Von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune has chosen Camerata Chicago as its ‘Featured Pick’ for our Rising Star concert tonight with Julian Schwarz.
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98.7 WFMT Documentary on Charles Mackerras featuring Camerata Chicago



Wednesday March 2, 2016 at 10 pm on 98.7 WFMT – Charles Mackerras documentary featuring Camerata Chicago and our Maestro Drostan Hall is interviewed.

Hosted by Lisa Flynn and Produced by Jon Tolansky.
Distributed by the WFMT Radio Network – Chicago.
Proudly funded by the Buonacorsi Foundation.


A superb documentary about his life, work and legacy. Visit MackerrasLegacy.com for detailed information about this documentary, a full transcript and all the audio interview clips.