A Fall Choral Preview

September 23, 2023, 4:00 pm

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Portrait of VOCES8 in formal attire; three women in metallic-palette gowns; five gentlemen in black tie tuxedos; textured navy backdrop.
VOCES8 (Photo: Andy Staples)

Choral music lovers, grab your calendars for WFMT’s recommended events this fall. Visiting ensembles include the Monteverdi Choir, VOCES8, Choir of Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, and Apollo’s Fire. Highlights from local ensembles include Chicago Chamber Choir’s presentation of the piano, four-hand version of Brahms’s German Requiem; Shara Nova’s Carols After a Plague and David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion performed by William Ferris Chorale; a celebration of William Byrd by Bella Voce and Schola Antiqua; and motets of J.S. Bach in the season openers of both the St. Charles Singers and Chicago Choral Artists.

Find links for events listed in this episode below.

Apollo’s Fire October 19
Monteverdi Choir October 20-21
VOCES8 October 27
Choir of Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris October 27

Vox Venti | La Caccina | Chicago Choral Artists | Spirito Singers October 1
Constellation Men’s Ensemble
October 6-7
Bella Voce October 7-8
Chicago Chamber Choir October 7-8
St. Charles Singers October 14-15
Music of the Baroque October 15-16
Schola Antiqua October 20-22
Chicago Choral Artists October 21-22
La Caccina November 10-11
William Ferris Chorale December 1


George Frideric Handel: L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55
Part II, “Populous cities please me then”
Stephen Varcoe, bass-baritone
Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Thomas Tallis: O nata lux de lumine

Yves Castagnet: Messe Breve
III. Sanctus
Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris
Yann Castagnet, organ
Henri Chalet, conductor

Handel: Israel in Egypt
Part III, “Moses and the children of Israel sung this song unto the Lord”
Apollo’s Fire
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “Great” Mass in C Minor, K. 427
I. Kyrie
Kathryn Lewek, soprano
Music of the Baroque Chorus and Orchestra
Jane Glover, conductor

Robert Maggio: Man Up / Man Down
Interlude I: “Manhood in the 21st Century”
Constellation Men’s Ensemble

Mia Makaroff: Butterfly
La Caccina
Carling FitzSimmons, artistic director

Ayanna Woods: SHIFT (fragment)
William Ferris Chorale
Christopher Windle, conductor
Used with the composer’s kind permission

Johannes Brahms: Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen? Op. 74, No. 1 (fragment)
Chicago Chamber Choir
Christopher Windle, conductor

William Byrd: Ave verum corpus
Bella Voce
Andrew Lewis, conductor

Johann Sebastian Bach: Und es waren Hirten in derselben Gegend, BWV 248
XXI. “Ehre sei Gott in der Höhe”
Hoss Brock, tenor
Chicago Choral Artists
Michael D. Costello, conductor

Josiah Kelley Alwood: Unclouded Day
St. Charles Singers
Jeffrey Hunt, conductor

J.S. Bach: Mass in B Minor
XXIII. Dona nobis pacem
Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor