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Singers from Music Conservatory to perform this fall at two major Chicago venues

Posted: 10/16/2012
The Music Conservatory at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) is reaching out to the community with two fall concerts featuring the voices of the Conservatory’s Chorus and Chorale.

CCPA’s Chorus and Chorale and its Brass Ensemble will perform together at 12:10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19 for the first time ever at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago.  The concert, which will feature CCPA faculty member David Schrader performing on Fourth Presbyterian’s spectacular and highly acclaimed organ, is free and open to the public. Then on Nov. 11, CCPA’s Conservatory Chorus and Chorale will perform with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (CYSO) beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Orchestra Hall’s Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

“We are delighted to showcase some of the region’s most promising young musicians in two spectacular and popular venues that will be welcoming our CCPA Conservatory Chorus and Chorale for the first time ever,” said Cheryl Frazes Hill (pictured above), who is head of music education and director of choral activities at Roosevelt University.

For the concert at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Frazes Hill and Mark Crayton, a CCPA voice faculty member, will conduct the CCPA Chorus and Chorale. Roosevelt’s Brass Ensemble will be conducted by Charles Schuchat.  These CCPA faculty members are well known performers in the region’s classical music community. Frazes Hill is the associate conductor of the Chicago Symphony Chorus as well as a Grammy-nominated vocalist with appearances that include Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Crayton has also performed at Lincoln’s Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall and opera theaters throughout the United States. Schuchat has recorded with the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Schrader has appeared with the Chicago Symphony and Grant Park Symphony, among many others.

Friday’s program at Fourth Presbyterian Church includes a wide array of musical styles of choral literature from classical to contemporary including: Kenneth Leighton’s Let All the World in Every Corner Sing; Franz Joseph Haydn’s Missa Brevis No. 2 in F Major; Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria; Benjamin Britten’s Missa Brevis in D; Gabriel Fauré’s Les Djinns, Op. 12; Nigra Sum by Pablo Casals; three movements from Paul Hindemith’s Six Chansons; and O Clap Your Hands by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
 
Frazes Hill and CYSO Music Director Allen Tinkham, who has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as one of Chicago’s most important educators, mentors and inspirational guides in training tomorrow’s orchestral professionals, will conduct the CCPA Chorus and Chorale and the CYSO at the Sunday, Nov. 11 concert at Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall.

The program includes: Bacchanale by Camille Saint-Saëns; three movements from Paul Hindemith’s Six Chansons; Les Djinns, Op. 12 by Gabriel Fauré; Francis Poulenc’s Gloria; Demeurer dans l’Amour, Movement 5 from Olivier Messiaen’s Éclairs sur l’au-dela; and Claude Debussy’s La Mer. Tickets start at $20 and are available at www.cyso.org.

To learn more about Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts and to view its full performance schedule, visit www.roosevelt.edu/ccpa.