Stephen Alltop, Music Director & Conductor and
David Bachmann, Assistant Conductor
CHICAGO, IL — One of the most legendary musical organizations in the nation, known for its masterful performances of some of the most beloved repertoire in choral music, The Apollo Chorus, continues its milestone season with Choral Classics- Bach’s Mass in B minor. Celebrating the power of live musical performance in collaboration with the Renovo String Orchestra, The Apollo Chorus performs Bach’s masterpiece on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E Chicago Ave, Naperville.
Bach’s Mass in B minor is considered his most profound and beautiful musical piece. The legendary composer spent the last years of his life undertaking what he knew would be his final great achievement, leaving performers and audiences with an awe-inspiring work. This special performance will feature returning Apollo artists Scherazade Panthaki (soprano) and Richard Ollarsaba (bass-baritone), in addition to Kate Tombaugh (mezzo-soprano) and Charles Blandy (tenor), making their Apollo debuts.
The Apollo Chorus, founded in the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire, is one of the most recognizable volunteer choral organizations in the United States. Its approximately 130 auditioned members include men and women of all ages, races, and backgrounds brought together by their love of music. The chorus has performed the master works of the choral repertoire, as well as new masterpieces from contemporary composers. The Apollo Chorus has performed at notable historic events, such as the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, the Century of Progress International Exposition, the opening of Medinah Temple, the opening of Orchestra Hall (Apollo was considered the official chorus of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra prior to the formation of the Symphony Chorus), the opening of Navy Pier, and the “Oprah Surprise Spectacular.”
The Apollo Chorus continually strives to advance musically and to share the power, beauty and majesty of choral music by presenting concerts and educational programs for diverse communities throughout Chicago and beyond.