Camerata Chicago String Quintet Artists

Mathias Tacke – Concert Master, Violin

Mathias Tacke is Concert Master of Camerata Chicago and was the second violinist of the acclaimed Vermeer Quartet, Chicago from 1992 until 2007. He is Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Northern Illinois University and Guest Lecturer for String Chamber Music at Northwestern University. Mathias was appointed Concertmaster of Camerata Chicago in the summer of 2008. … read more.

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 Camerata Chicago, … read more.

Rebecca Swan – Viola

Rebecca Swan (BM The Juilliard School ’04) is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory. A native of the Chicago area, Rebecca recently moved back after several years in Charlotte, NC, where she played Principal Viola for Charlotte’s Broadway Series and subbed regularly with the Charlotte Symphony. She has studied under Itzhak Perlman, Peter Slowik, Toby Appel, and James Dunham, as well as … read more.

Istvan Loga – Viola

Istvan Loga has followed his passion for classical music across borders. At the George Enesco School of Music under the guidance of Professor Alexander Gavaller he won numerous prestigious awards and studied at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. In 2010 he studied with the Cordis Quartet at Nederland’s Strijkkwartet Academie under Stefan Metz (Orlando Quartet) and Marc Danel (Quatuor Danel). Istvan performed alongside world-renowned pianist Martha Argerich … read more.

Christopher Ferrer – Principal Cello, Continuo

Cellist Christopher Ferrer is Principal Cellist of Camerata Chicago and a member of Lakeshore Rush. From 2013-2014 he worked as principal cellist for the West Side Story North American Tour. Christopher attended the Royal College of Music in London and Northern Illinois University. While in high school, he was a member of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Encore Chamber Orchestra. … read more.

Handel Messiah 2018 Video

Handel Messiah 2018 Video

November 3, 2018
College Church, Wheaton

Watch this superb video and enjoy the outstanding musical artistry of Camerata Chicago and its new choir performing the Messiah (Part I – Christmas) by Handel with the Hallalujah Chorus. At the heart of our elite choir are some of the top choristers in Chicago. We had six wonderful soloists all conducted by Maestro Drostan Hall for our 2018 Messiah performances:

Robin Wiper, Soprano
Matteo Warren, Boy Soprano
Michelle Wrighte, Soprano
Denise Gamez, Alto
Timothy Bentch, Tenor
Stephen Morscheck, Bass

Messiah Soloists 2018


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

Sponsored by Tyndale House Foundation

We are very grateful to the
Blockyard Digital Assets Fund
for its generous support of our concerts.

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Sacred Music 2017 Videos

Bach Magnificat 2017

Timothy Bentch
November 17, 2017: Chicago
Deposuit potentes

Timothy Bentch and Denise Gamez
November 17, 2017: Chicago
Magnificat Et misericordia

Handel Zadok the Priest 2017

The Camerata Chicago choir and orchestra perform Zadok the Priest
November 17, 2017: Chicago
Zadok the Priest – God Save the King

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Walker Tenderness Songs Videos

Michelle Areyzaga sings the World Premier of Tenderness Songs by Walker

The world première of Walker's Tenderness Songs performed and recorded by Camerata Chicago and Soprano Michelle Areyzaga on November 22, 2008. With Philip Koch, oboe.


Soprano Michelle Areyzaga, Composer Gwyneth Walker and Conductor Drostan Hall.

Mozart Mass in C Minor Videos


The Mozart C Minor Mass performed by Camerata Chicago with the Fourth Church Choral Society on Friday November 11, 2016 conducted by Drostan Hall. This concert is in memory of Lois Z. Jackson Farnsworth 1924–2016.

Laura Perkett, Soprano
Kimberly Gunderson, Soprano II
Cole Seaton, Tenor
Daniel Richardson, Bass

This performance is a collaboration with Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago and celebrates Camerata Chicago’s appointment as Orchestra-in-Residence.

At the heart of the Fourth Church Choral Society are members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Lyric Opera, directed by John W. Sherer.

Many thanks to Fourth Presbyterian Church and Eric Arunas of 98.7WFMT

Sweetest Day Series 2016 Videos

Videos presented here are from the Sweetest Day Series 2016:
October 14, 2016: Chicago Fourth Presbyterian Church
October 16, 2016: Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts


Steve Robinson Award Presentation

Mary Mahaffey presents a plaque to 98.7WFMT Steve Robinson

98.7WFMT Vice President Steve Robinson was presented with an award for his huge contribution to Chicago music and musicians on October 14, 2016 by Mary Mehaffey, a Member of the Board of Camerata Chicago. The award represents the Steve Robinson Associate Concert Master Chair of the orchestra. Steve retired from 98.7 WFMT at the end of the summer.

October 14, 2016: Chicago Fourth Presbyterian Church

Atterberg Suite for Strings, Violin & Viola

Mathias Tacke, Violin (Concert Master); Rose Armbrust, Viola (Principal Viola)

October 14, 2016: Chicago Fourth Presbyterian Church

October 16, 2016: Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts

Camerata Chicago would like to thank the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts for presenting this concert on October 16, 2016 as part of their series and for graciously allowing us to have our videographer capture the event.

Svendsen Romance for Violin & Orchestra

15 year old Amelia Piscitelli, violin

October 14, 2016: Chicago

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