The Elgin Master Chorale's Children's Chorus will perform in the Hemmens Cultural Center lobby Sunday, Feb. 11, before the Elgin Symphony Orchestra concert. The group was formed in 2016 for singers ages 7-15 to learn the basics of choral singing.

On Feb. 10-11, ESO Music Director Andrew Grams will lead the ESO and Elgin Master Chorale in performances of two well-known and beloved choral works -- the Vivaldi Gloria and the Mozart Requiem. Featured soloists include Michelle Areyzaga, soprano, Julie Miller, mezzo-soprano, Scott Ramsay, tenor, and Evan Boyer, bass, in the Mozart Requiem, and sopranos Melissa Pagano and Katherine Wells, in Vivaldi's Gloria.

Grams will lead preconcert Chats starting one hour before concert time. Saturday concertgoers are invited after the performance to Mingle with the Musicians at Bennigan's Elgin. Patrons may bring donations to both concerts for Food for Greater Elgin, an ESO community partner. The concerts are sponsored by Beverly Hoffman and John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. Tickets start at only $30. Student tickets $12. Valet service or free parking. For more information, visit

The Elgin Master Chorale has an exciting new ensemble -- the EMC Children's Chorus. The group, formed in 2016, brings together young singers from all over the Fox Valley to make beautiful music, form lasting friendships, and start a lifelong love of singing. The chorus performs several times a year alongside the Elgin Master Chorale, as well as in local neighborhoods and beyond, teaching its young singers the value and joy of serving their community through song. The group, for singers ages 7-15, holds rolling auditions throughout the year. For more information, contact managing director Barbara Lewis at (847) 214-7225 or

Founded in 2011, Food for Greater Elgin is the largest client-choice food pantry in Elgin, South Elgin, East Dundee and West Dundee. Its goal is to combat food insecurity in the most effective and supportive ways possible by giving the community the resources it needs. With collaboration from other organizations and businesses, it helps provide stability and peace-of-mind to more than 1,200 households every month, totaling almost 6,000 individuals, of whom nearly half are children. For more information, see