Join the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra as it continues to
celebrate its 53rd season, “Music Among Friends,” on March 2,
2014, at 3:00 p.m. at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church,
149 W. Brush Hill
Elmhurst, when it brings together musical friends Apollo Chorus of
Chicago and the Symphony in “Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor.” Following their highly successful
collaboration on Verdi’s Requiem in
2010 and Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum
and Mozart’s Requiem in 2012, the ESO
and Apollo Chorus will once again join forces for a musical event that will be
truly memorable. Mozart composed his Mass in C minor in part to showcase the
singing talents of his new bride, Constanza.
This masterwork brims with soaring vocal lines and awe-inspiring
choruses. Also on the program is
Dvořák’s Te Deum, a musical
tour-de-force, full of fervor and rich harmonies. Featured soloists are Sarah Gartshore,
soprano; Alyssa Bennet, soprano; John Irvin, tenor; and Richard Ollarsaba,
This concert is sponsored by a generous gift from Liz and Bill Downey. Mass in C minor is sponsored by a generous gift from Bob and Mary Mallon, and Te Deum is sponsored by a generous gift from an anonymous donor.
The powerful 150-voice Apollo Chorus of Chicago, founded in 1872, is one of Chicago’s most exciting and talked-about musical organizations. Each season it thrills audiences with beautiful music, old and new, winning praise for its performances. Well known for its annual presentations of Messiah, which began in 1879, the Apollo Chorus of Chicago performs a wide range of masterworks for chorus and orchestra. “While our history is long and rich,” said Music Director Stephen Alltop, “it is the commitment to constantly elevating artistic standards in the great music we perform which energizes our work together.”
The ESO and Apollo Chorus of Chicago, under the baton of Maestro Alltop, will perform in the spectacular space at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, which is handicapped-accessible and offers free parking. The concert experience is enhanced by the informative and lively discussions led by audience favorite Ted Hatmaker, which take place 1 hour and 15 minutes before each concert. Tickets purchased before the day of the event are $32 for adults, $30 for seniors, $9 for students, and $65 for families (up to 2 adults and three students.) Premium prices at the door are an additional $5 per ticket. For information and to purchase tickets call the ESO Box Office at 630-941-0202 or visit http://www.esosubscriptions.org/. This concert is made possible in part by grants from the City of Elmhurst, the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency), and the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.