STARDUST

An Evening of Fun, Food and Song with the Chorale September 13th, 2014

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Past Performances

THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS: Music and Sweet Poetry

May 3, 2014   /  7:30 PM Madonna Della Strada Chapel / Loyola University
May 4, 2014  /   3:00 PM Emmanuel Episcopal Church / LaGrange

A program of poetry and music celebrating the arrival of springtime flowers ends the Chorale's 43rd season. Featured works are two sets of Flower Songs: Benjamin Britten's highly imaginative work, and Vincent Persichetti's evocative settings of e. e. cumming's poetry, with poetry performed by renowned Chicago actress Marie Goodkin.

 

THE FRENCH CONNECTION: Music of Faure and Vierne

March 1, 2014   /  7:30 PM Madonna Della Strada Chapel / Loyola University
March 2, 2014  /   3:00 PM Emmanuel Episcopal Church / LaGrange

Two stellar high school girl’s choirs join the Chorale for a program of French music: Gabriel Faure’s Messe Basse, Maria Mater Gratiae, Tantum Ergo, Ave Verum Corpus and Cantique de Jean Racine.
The second half of the program includes Louis Vierne’s glorious Messe Solennelle and Henri Potiron’s rousing Attolite Portas for combined choirs.

 

CHRISTMAS MYSTERY -- CHRISTMAS MIRTH

December   8, 2013   /  3:00 PM St. Clement Church /  Lincoln Park  
December 14, 2013   /  7:30 PM Madonna Della Strada Chapel / Loyola University
December 15, 2013   /  3:00 PM Emmanuel Episcopal Church / LaGrange

The mystical music of Morten Lauridsen is featured, including his O Magnum Mysterium, Ave Maria, Ubi Caritas and O Nata Lux, paired with a sassy assortment of mirthful carols.

Overnight Review: CHRISTMAS MYSTERY - CHRISTMAS MIRTH, Click here.

 

Something Completely Different

The Chorale at the Opera

April 27, 2013, Saturday, 7:30 PM
Madonna della Strada Chapel (venue info)
Loyola University
1032 West Sheridan Road, Chicago

April 28, 2013, Sunday at 3:00 PM
Emmanuel Episcopal Church (venue info)
203 South Kensington Ave, La Grange

Daring exploration of new territory is a Chorale hallmark and this program is certainly that! We’ll step right to the footlights for a fun-filled concert of well-known choruses by Verdi (Nabucco, La Traviata, Otello), Puccini (Madame Butterfly), Mascagani (Cavalleria Rusticana), and Wagner (Lohengrin,Tannhäuser), as well as contemporary gems by Britten (Gloriana), Barber (Antony & Cleopatra), Bernstein (Candide), Copland (The Tender Land), Ferris (Little Moon of Alban), Gershwin (Porgy & Bess) and Ravel (The Enchanted Child).

Guest Artist, Soprano Michelle Areyzaga performs with the Chorale for these concerts. Ms. Areyzaga has sung principal roles in both Baroque and contemporary operas across the country and in Costa Rica. Luciano Laurentiu, pianist. Bravo, bravissimo! (Click here or above on 'more info' for complete program details.)

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Read Dennis Polkow's review of this past
performance at ChicagoClassicalReview.com

Sacred & Profane

Music of Grayston Ives

February 23, 2013, Saturday, 7:30 PM
Madonna della Strada Chapel (venue info)
Loyola University
1032 West Sheridan Road, Chicago
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February 24, 2013, Saturday at 3:00 PM
Emmanuel Episcopal Church (venue info)
203 South Kensington Ave, La Grange
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Grayston Ives, one of Britain’s most distinguished composers, will be front row center when the Chorale devotes an entire evening to his lush and lyrical choral music. The centerpiece of this program is the American premiere of his newly re orchestrated Requiem. Please see the more info link for the composer's biography and details for this fantastic event; which also features Ives' British folk songs and his snappy arrangements of the Beatles' tunes.

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Read Lawrence Johnson's review of this past

Christmas Triptychs

The Chorale's Holiday Tradition

December 8, 2012, Saturday, 7:30 PM
Madonna della Strada Chapel (venue info)
Loyola University
1032 West Sheridan Road, Chicago

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December 9, 2012, Sunday at 3:00 PM
Emmanuel Episcopal Church (venue info)
203 South Kensington Ave, La Grange

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The Chorale’s December concert is a perennially popular event featuring frolicsome carols and noble polyphony. This year’s edition includes music from the Russian/Ukrainian Orthodox choral tradition. Chicago composer Lita Grier will oversee the premier of her new work Winter Songs, written especially for the Chorale. Please see the more info link for our composer biographies and program details for this special premiere.

 


Chorale Board names Alyssa Bennett Managing Director. (See About the Chorale)

Read Wynne Delacoma’s retrospective article on the Chorale's 40th Anniversary.

Audio Clips

Toward the Unknown Region
Highlights of 35 magnificent seasons.

Christ is Risen, Truly Risen
Mystical and moving music by the Trappist monk Chrysogonus Waddell. Sample clip: Easter Gospel Acclamation.

Hear audio clips from more of our CD recordings.

University Names Chorale Artist-in-Residence

Loyola University Chicago logoThe William Ferris Chorale has been named Artist-in-Residence at Loyola University Chicago. We are proud to be a part of the Loyola family!

Latest Recording

American Choral PremieresAmerican Choral Premieres
Sacred and spiritual works by nine contemporary composers including Paul French, Alan Hovhaness, Paul Nicholson, William Ferris and George Rochberg. Buy CD and more info button