Concerts

CONCERTS 2021

2021 Jubilant Jupiter Series
Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate and Jupiter Symphony and Tippett’s Fantasia with Corelli’s Concerto Grosso on which it is based!
OCT 1, 2021 Chicago Tickets | Information
OCT 2, 2021 Wheaton Tickets | Information
2021 Sacred Music Series
Handel’s Messiah Part I (Christmas) with the Hallelujah Chorus and Zadok the Priest.
DEC 10, 2021 Chicago Tickets | Information
DEC 11, 2021 Wheaton Tickets | Information

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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.

2021 Academy Summer Camp Concert

ACADEMY SUMMER CAMP CONCERT
JULY 31, 2021
Dunham Woods Riding Club, Wayne
Livestream

The Academy Summer Camp Concert will feature baroque concerti and string orchestra classics performed by both the Camerata Chicago Senior and Junior Academy Orchestras.

Students will have enjoyed a summer camp for the previous week at a country estate rehearsing with the Music Director and Academy faculty, as well as participating in a variety of activities.

  • Enjoy a summer afternoon of fabulous music followed by
  • a cocktail reception
  • dinner! More details below.
  • Livestream option available.

Concert

You will be delighted by the Telemann Viola Concerto performed by Academy violist Sylvia Byars.

The Senior Academy Orchestra will also perform the famous St. Paul Suite by Holst and the fabulous Shostakovich Waltz No. 2.

You will enjoy the Corelli Concerto Grosso No 4 in D Major and an arrangement of Borodin’s Polovtsian Dance performed by the Junior Academy Orchestra.

In addition, our Academy Concertmaster Amelia Piscitelli, violist Sylvia Byars, principal cellist Charlotte Ries and pianist Kate Johnston will perform Beethoven’s Piano Quartet in C major, WoO 36 No. 1.

Sylvia Byars, viola and soloist performing the Telemann Viola Concerto

The Senior Academy Orchestra

The Junior Academy Orchestra

Tickets

  • Adult and 16 & Under tickets include the Concert and the post-concert Reception.
  • VIP and VIP 16 & Under tickets include the Concert, Reception and also Dinner.
  • Livestream tickets now available. We will send you a link prior to the concert.

Ordering Tickets: If you would like to attend dinner please order your VIP tickets and choose your menu no later than July 23. 16 & Under dinner consists of chicken tenders and fries.

To choose your menu write to us at the email address you receive at checkout.

Event Program July 31

2:30 pm Doors Open
3:00 pm Concert
4:30 pm Cocktail Hour
5:30 pm Dinner

Dinner Menu

Once you have booked your tickets please let us know your menu choices for each person attending by July 23.

Chicken Piccata
Angel Hair, Grilled Asparagus, Capers, Lemon Butter Sauce

Grilled Flank Steak
Roasted Cremini Mushrooms, Grilled Broccoli, Chimichurri Sauce

Vegetarian Fondue
Asparagus, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Peppers, Goat Cheese & Béchamel Sauce

Kids Chicken Tenders
Served with French Fries

All Entrées come with House or Caesar Salad.
Wine Pour included with Dinner (House Chardonnay & House Cabernet)
Soda, Tea, Coffee are included.

Meals will be served family style at table.

Academy Biography

Founded in 2014, the Camerata Chicago Academy is an elite chamber orchestra program comprising advanced students. The Academy provides a marvelous opportunity for young musicians to perform in a professional atmosphere with the Camerata Chicago faculty which manifests the educational spirit of Camerata Chicagoís founder and Music Director Drostan Hall. Maestro Hall has thirty years experience training aspiring young musicians. Many of the Academy’s members plan to study music at university and subsequently go on to have professional careers in music.

Sylvia Byars, viola

Sylvia Byars is fourteen years old and is educated at Veritas Scholars Academy. She began violin lessons when she was very young and at about the age of twelve she switched to the viola and today’s concert performance marks her official debut as a soloist with the Telemann Viola Concerto. Sylvia studies the viola privately with Drostan Hall and joined the Camerata Chicago Academy Chamber Orchestra in 2018. She is now the Principal Violist of the senior ensemble. Sylvia is an enthusiastic member of the Wayne DuPage Hunt Pony Club and regularly participates in horse competitions and activities.

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.

2021 Academy Spring Semester Concert

ACADEMY SPRING CONCERT
MAY 14, 2021
6 PM – LIVESTREAM

The Academy Spring Concert will take place on May 14 and will feature performances from both the Senior and Junior Academy Orchestras.

You will be delighted by Rossini’s Barber of Seville Overture, the Capuzzi Double Bass Concerto performed by Lawrence Hall and the Danse Macabre by Saint-Saëns.

Enjoy Pachelbel’s Canon and the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by Handel performed by the Junior Academy. They will also entertain you with the Pavane by Fauré and a Rondeau by Mauret.

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

The Senior Academy Orchestra

The Junior Academy Orchestra

Founded in 2014, the Camerata Chicago Academy is an elite chamber orchestra program comprising advanced students. The Academy provides a marvelous opportunity for young musicians to perform in a professional atmosphere with the Camerata Chicago faculty which manifests the educational spirit of Camerata Chicagoís founder and Music Director Drostan Hall. Maestro Hall has thirty years experience training aspiring young musicians. Many of the Academy’s members plan to study music at university and subsequently go on to have professional careers in music.

Lawrence Hall, Double Bass

Capuzzi Double Bass Concerto

Double Bass soloist Lawrence Hall (17) is a Junior at Clapham School in Wheaton. He began playing the double bass at the age of nine when Jeanne Johannesen, the orchestra teacher at Washington School, introduced the instrument to him. Lawrence has been a member of the Camerata Chicago Academy since 2017 and plans to major in music at college. In addition to the bass he enjoys improvising at the piano, composing and attending Lyric Opera!

Full Repertoire

Senior Academy Orchestra

Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre
Rossini Overture to the Barber of Seville
Capuzzi Concerto for Double Bass

Junior Academy Orchestra

Pachelbel Canon
Fauré Pavane
Mauret Rondeau
Handel Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

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.