Founded in 2011, the Chicago-based American Chamber Opera features an ensemble committed to singing full-length oratorios in English. Its productions resemble concerts more than traditional opera performances: the music takes center stage as the singers belt and emote in settings that evoke the world of the story with just a few well-placed details.
When the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1988, it was a tightly knit ensemble consisting entirely of principals from the Lyric Opera Orchestra. Since then, it has blossomed into a collective of more than 200 professional Chicagoland musicians. But despite the increased size and bow-tie budget, the players have lost none of their precision or dynamic nature, prompting the Chicago Tribune to herald the group as ?one of the finest symphonic orchestras.?
Formed more than 25 years ago, the St. Charles Singers continue to elate audiences with seasonal concerts, tours, and recorded albums under the direction of conductor Jeff Hunt. Melding together the Singers' dulcet choral tones with the symphonic strings of the Metropolis Chamber Orchestra, “Mozart Journey 3: Jubilant Mozart” explores a parade of Mozart's most exuberantly composed pieces, including “Exsultate, Jubilante” and “Vesperae solennes de Dominica.” The 34-strong vocal ensemble, including featured soprano Kimberly McCord, will fuse their voices as one to fill the Holy Family Church with joyous songs and falsetto A flats normally only used to summon bloodhounds and alert city superheroes danger is afoot.