The Apollo Chorus Will Perform a Free Concert at the Historic Apostolic Church of God on Sunday, November 3 at 3 p.m.
The Apollo Chorus, celebrating 142 years of making music as Chicago's oldest premier volunteer chorus, will kick off its 2013-2014 season with a free "Music in the Neighborhood" Concert on Sunday, November 3 at 3:00 p.m. at The Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester.
The "Music in the Neighborhood" Concert will showcase a broad variety of music, including excerpts from upcoming concerts and favorite pieces from last season. The pieces performed will include excerpts from Handel's Messiah and Mozart's Mass in C Minor, as well as "Te Deum" by Eleanor Daley, "Little Man in a Hurry" by Eric Whitacre, "Little Elegy" by Stephen Paulus and "Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles. Held at the Apostolic Church of God, one of Chicago's largest, most vibrant religious and musical communities, this event is a great opportunity for first-time audiences to experience the Apollo Chorus in a historic Chicago setting. The Apollo Chorus has been offering a free concert to begin their season for almost 15 years.
"The fall concert is an exciting preview of our most varied season yet," said Dr. Stephen Alltop, Music Director & Conductor of The Apollo Chorus. "By bringing a range of composers including Mozart, Handel, Whitacre, and the Beatles together in a single concert, we highlight how great composers almost always build on what came before."
The music continues in December with two performances of Apollo Chorus's signature rendition of Handel's Messiah on Saturday, December 7 at 3:00 p.m. at Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave., and Saturday, December 21 at 3:00 p.m. at Harris Theater for Music & Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive. Choral Classics-Mozart's Great Mass in C & Dvorák's Te Deum will be performed Saturday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. at University of Chicago's Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave.; and the season finale Spring Concert, The Beatles & Friends, will be performed Friday, May 2 at 8:00 p.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut Street; and again Sunday, May 4 at 3:00 p.m. at First United Church, 848 Lake Street in Oak Park.
The Apollo Chorus is Chicago's oldest musical organization, performing preeminent choral works at premier venues. Founded in 1872 in the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire, the chorus is one of the oldest volunteer choral organizations in the United States and the oldest musical organization in Chicago. Its approximately 120 auditioned members include men and women of all ages, races, and backgrounds brought together by their love of music. The chorus has performed the master works of the choral repertoire, as well as new masterpieces from contemporary composers. The Apollo Chorus has performed at notable historic events, such as the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, the Century of Progress International Exposition, the opening of Medinah Temple, the opening of Orchestra Hall (Apollo was considered the official chorus of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra prior to the formation of the Symphony Chorus), the opening of Navy Pier, and the "Oprah Surprise Spectacular." In 2013, the group has performed twice at sold out Josh Groban concerts at Ravinia and The United Center. The Apollo Chorus continually strives to advance musically and to share the power, beauty and majesty of choral music by presenting concerts and educational programs for diverse communities throughout Chicago and beyond.
"Music in the Neighborhood" is a free concert; no tickets are necessary. Season subscriptions are still available for $95. A special "new subscriber" rate is available for $65 for concert attendees who would like to purchase a subscription on site. Regular priced tickets for the remainder of the season are $18-$75. To purchase individual tickets or to book a group, call 312.427.5620 or visit www.apollochorus.org.