Choral singers interested in joining the Elgin Master Chorale are invited to attend an open rehearsal from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Elgin Community College Arts Center, Building H, 1700 Spartan Drive.
The open rehearsal will provide prospective chorale members an opportunity to sing with the area's premier large chorus in a rehearsal of selections from Mozart's "Requiem" and Vivaldi's "Gloria," two works the Elgin Master Chorale will perform in February with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra.
Refreshments and an opportunity to meet current members will follow the open rehearsal. No RSVP is required.
Singers also may schedule a formal audition later in January.
For information, call (847) 214-7225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In its 71st season, Elgin Master Chorale explores the powerful connection between music and the human soul. It opened the season with Bach's "Magnificat" and "Ein feste burg," in recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
On Feb. 2, the Elgin Master Chorale celebrates legendary composer Leonard Bernstein by bringing his life and music to the concert stage with "Educational Connections: The Life and Music of Leonard Bernstein." Celebrating his 100th anniversary, this event will feature music written by Bernstein, with Jeff Award winner Tom Vendafreddo as emcee and soloists who will bring this man's amazing legacy to life.
On Feb. 26, the Elgin Master Chorale will join the Chamber Music on the Fox for "Majestic Bruckner" at First United Methodist Church of Elgin. It will feature the beauty of brass, the majesty of organ, and the dynamism of the human voice. In a special collaboration with Chamber Music on the Fox, they will present Anton Bruckner's powerful "Trombone Mass," preceded by music that spotlights the church's beautiful organ.
A performance of Maurice Durufle's beautiful, ethereal "Requiem" will close the season on Sunday, April 15. This masterwork of 20th-century music uplifts the spirit as it provides a transforming experience for each listener. It is undoubtedly one of the most moving and personal settings of the Requiem mass, having been composed in memory of Duruflé's own father.
The Elgin Master Chorale Children's Chorus also will be featured at the April concert, performing songs celebrating the beauty and power of music. Learn more about the Children's Chorus at emcchildrenschorus.org.