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posted: 10/31/2012 10:41 AM

Master Singers open 33rd season with Beethoven

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Submitted by Chicago Master Singers

Chicago Master Singers will open its 33rd season with performances of three pivotal works of Beethoven: the Mass in C, "Elegischer Gesang" and "Opferlied"; Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Five Mystical Songs," and two psalm settings by Gustav Holst.

The concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, and 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Society of the Divine Word, in Techny, Ill., near Northbrook.

The 130-voice chorus under the direction of Alan Heatherington will perform with the Ars Viva Orchestra and soloists Michelle Areyzaga (soprano), Sarah Holman (mezzo-soprano), Peder Reiff (tenor) and Gerard Sundberg (bass-baritone). A free preconcert lecture will be offered by music critic Dorothy Andries one hour before each performance.

The venue, a historic and resonant church, is at 2001 Waukegan Road, just north of Willow Road. Tickets are $28-$48. Order them at (800) 595-4849 or at

Season subscriptions are available at a 10 percent discount, from $49-$130. A special 30 percent discount is being offered to new subscribers.