All-Britten Program with Chicago Childrenâ€™s Choir December 18
The Music Institute of Chicago presents the 25th season of its community chorus, the Music Institute of Chicago Chorale, opening with â€œBrittenâ€ December 18 at 3 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston.
A celebration of the music of Benjamin Britten, the concert features the composerâ€™s popular Ceremony of Carols and Hymns to Saint Cecilia, as well as Te Deum in C, Flower Songs, A Boy was Born, Festival Te Deum, and Two-Part Songs for High Voices. Joining the Chorale will be members of the Rogers Park and Humboldt Park Neighborhood Choirs of the Chicago Childrenâ€™s Choir.
The Choraleâ€™s 25th season continues at Nichols Concert Hall with â€œA Choral Festivalâ€ Saturday, March 31, featuring music for multiple choirs and brass including music by Gabrieli and SchÃ¼tz, and â€œ25 Great Yearsâ€ Sunday, June 10, highlighting audience favorites from the Choraleâ€™s history.
Daniel Wallenberg, conductor of the Chorale since 1987, noted, â€œAlthough our Chorale is Evanston-based, participants come from as far south as Chicago andÂ far north as Zion and everything in between. Several members have been in the Chorale for more than 15 years, and a few have beenÂ members since itsÂ inception in 1986.â€
About the Music Institute of Chicago Chorale
The Music Institute of Chicago Chorale is a community chorus that provides an opportunity for adult singers with prior experience to study and perform the best in sacred and secular choral music. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Chorale has one continuing goal: to perform the finest sacred and secular choral music with the highest of standards in a community setting. Under the leadership of Conductor Daniel Wallenberg, the Chorale has developed a wide range of repertoire, including motets, madrigals, part-songs, folk songs, and larger choral-orchestral works by Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Durufle, and many others. Throughout the years, the Chorale has collaborated with local choirs and symphony orchestras and has produced two fully costumed Elizabethan madrigal dinners. In addition, the Chorale has collaborated several times with the Music Instituteâ€™s voice faculty for concerts of opera and Broadway music.
Chorale conductor Daniel Wallenberg is also on the staff of the Chicago Childrenâ€™s Choir, working with the In-School Chorus and After-School Programs for the Rogers Park and Humboldt Park Neighborhood Choirs, as well as its world-renowned Concert Choir with whom he toured Ukraine and the United States. He is the director of the junior and adult choirs at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation and the founder and artistic director of â€œZemer Am,â€ the Chicago Jewish Choral Festival. A native of Bogota, Colombia, Wallenberg founded several adult and childrenâ€™s choirs while living in Israel.
About Chicago Childrenâ€™s Choir/Rogers Park Neighborhood Choir
Founded in 1956, Chicago Childrenâ€™s Choir is a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization, shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through musical excellence. The Choir currently serves 3,000 children ages eight to 18 through choirs in 51 schools, after-school programs in eight Chicago neighborhoods and the internationally acclaimed Concert Choir. Under President and Artistic Director Josephine Lee, the Choir has undertaken many highly successful national and international tours, received a Chicago/Midwest Emmy Award for the 2008 documentary Songs on the Road to Freedom, and has been featured in nationally broadcast television and radio performances, most recently on The Oprah Show, NBCâ€™s Today and the PBS series From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall. The Humboldt Park and Rogers Park Neighborhood Choirs rehearse twice weekly under the direction of Danny Wallenberg at Casa Central on the cityâ€™s West Side and St. Scholastica Academy on the North Side, respectively. Select members of these ensembles perform regularly with the Concert Choir, as part of the Neighborhood Honors Choir, with the Lyric Opera of Chicagoâ€”most recently in Carmen and Boris Godunovâ€”and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra both at Symphony Center and the Ravinia Festival. For more information, visit ccchoir.org.
About the Music Institute of Chicago
The Music Institute of Chicago believes that music has the power to sustain and nourish the human spirit; therefore, our mission is to provide the foundation for lifelong engagement with music. As one of the three largest and most respected community music schools in the nation, the Music Institute offers musical excellence built on the strength of our distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services. Founded in 1931 and one of the oldest community music schools in Illinois, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Each year, our world-class music teachers and arts therapists provide the highest quality arts education to more than 5,000 students of all ability levels, from birth to 101 years of age at campuses in Evanston, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Winnetka, and Downers Grove. The Music Institute also offers lessons and programs at the Steinway of Chicago store in Northbrook and early childhood and community engagement programs throughout the Chicago area and the North Shore. Nichols Concert Hall, our education and performance center located in downtown Evanston, reaches approximately 14,000 people each year. Our community engagement and partnership programs reach an additional 6,500 Chicago Public School students annually. The Music Institute offers lessons, classes, and programs through four distinct areas: Community School, The Academy, Creative Arts Therapy (Institute for Therapy through the Arts), and Nichols Concert Hall. All programming is subject to change.
â€œBritten,â€ performed by the Music Institute of Chicago Chorale, takes place Sunday, December 18 at 3 p.m. at the Music Institute of Chicagoâ€™s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7 for students and are available at 847.905.1500 ext. 108 or at musicinst.org.