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VIH Summer Concert at the Main Beach Band Stage

For the THIRTY-THIRD consecutive yearVoices In Harmony will present two free, out-of-doors concerts on the Band Stage at Main Beach in Crystal Lake.  This concert in 1987 is what made the choir a part of our community.

These concerts are a community favorites. They always present a sampling of the diverse and beautiful music of America.  From folk songs to spirituals, from Stephen Foster to Stephen Sondheim, from William Billings to Randall Thompson, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein, from Broadway and cinema to the Great American Songbook, VIH has explored our rich musical heritage.  And, of course, there are always the patriotic favorites.

SPECIAL NEWS FOR THIS SUMMER:
VIH will be sharing our July 2 concert with the
 AIR NATIONAL GUARD BAND OF THE MIDWEST!!!

The 2019 Summer Festival Chorus has only SIX rehearsals:

  • Monday, June 3
  • Monday, June 10
  • Monday, June 17
  • Monday, June 24
  • Thursday, June 27
  • Monday, July 1

All rehearsals are 7:30  – 9:30 PM at Bethany Lutheran Church.

There are two concerts:

  • America – From The Heart
    • Tuesday, July 2 at 7:00 PM
  • Fireworks Concert

Click here for the  MAIL-IN REGISTRATION FORM.

Download the form, then fill it out and send it to the address in the form.  Registrations are accepted up to and including the first rehearsal.  Registering for The Summer Festival Chorus by May 24 will insure that we have music for you at the first rehearsal.

The Easy Way:  Click here to REGISTER ONLINE!

Be A Part of 33 Years of Great Music!

VIVA VOCE CONCERT TICKETS
Concert Only


Purchase tickets here to attend the CONCERT ONLY.
Tickets are $18 each or $15 for senior citizens and current students of college or younger.
The concert is 6:00 PM on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in the Luecht Conference Center at McHenry County College (Entrance B).
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Saturday, March 16, 2019
6:00 PM Concert, 7:15 PM Buffet Dinner
Luecht Conference Center
McHenry County College
8900 State Route 14
Crystal Lake
Concert Only: $18/$15
Dinner and Concert: $30 (No Longer Available)


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Dinner+Concert Packages No Longer Available


Viva Voce, the 16-voice, select ensemble of Voices In Harmony, presents it’s fourth solo concert. Hear this excellent chorus present a variety of a cappella pieces, both sacred and secular, with a vocal nod to Ireland!

Following the concert, join us for the Celebration Dinner in the Scot Dining Room.  Entreé choices for the buffet dinner are:

  • Braised Corned Beef with Cabbage (Gluten-free)
  • Chicken Breast Stuffed with Brie, apples and cranberries;  cranapple glaze
  • Cajun Pasta and Vegetables Alfredo (Vegetarian)

Included with each entrée are:

  • Mixed Garden Salad with Dressings
  • Parslied Red Potatoes
  • Baby Carrots
  • Rolls and Butter
  • Cheesecake with Fresh Berries
  • Coffee, Iced Tea and Water

Music performed includes:

Gloria

by William Latham (1917 – 2004)

Alleluia 

by Ralph Manuel (b. 1951) 

Já vem a Primavera!

by Henrique de Curitiba (1934 – 2008)

I Have Had Singing

by Steven Sametz (b. 1954)

Shaker Songs

Arranged by Kevin Siegfried (b. 1969)

Bound For The Promised Land

Southern Harmony Songbook

arranged by Robert A. Boyd (b. 1950)

I’m Going Home

by Leonard P. Breedlove (ca. 1801 – 1900)

arranged by Pepper Choplin (b. 1957) 

If I Loved You (from “Carousel”)

by Richard Rogers (1902 – 1979)

arranged by Deke Sharon (b. 1967)

Danny Boy (Londonderry Aire)

Traditional, arranged by Deke Sharon (b. 1967)

Join Us for Viva Voce’s Fourth Solo Concert

In the Beautiful Luecht Conference Center

At McHenry County College

Sunday, April 28, 2019, 3PM
Boutell Memorial Concert Hall
Northern Illinois University
550 Lucinda Avenue
Dekalb, Illinois 60115

Tickets are $10/$5


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DEFIANT REQUIEM: VERDI AT TEREZÍN

The signature concert of The Defiant Requiem Foundation, this concert tells the story of the courageous Jewish prisoners in the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp (Terezín) during World War II who performed Verdi’s Requiem while experiencing the depths of human degradation. With only a single smuggled score, they performed the celebrated oratorio sixteen times, including one performance before senior SS officials from Berlin and an International Red Cross delegation. Conductor Rafael Schächter told the choir, “We will sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them.”

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín is a concert-drama that was conceived and created by Foundation President, Maestro Murry Sidlin. It combines the magnificent music of Verdi with video testimony from survivors of the original Terezín chorus and footage from the 1944 Nazi propaganda film about Theresienstadt. The performance also includes actors who speak the words of imprisoned conductor Rafael Schächter and others.

Defiant Requiem is not just a performance of the Verdi Requiem, but a tribute to the inspired leadership of Rafael Schächter who was forced to reconstitute the choir three times as members were transported to Auschwitz. The performances came to symbolize resistance and defiance and demonstrated the prisoners’ courage to confront the worst of mankind with the best of mankind. Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín is powerful, dramatic and inspirational.

Performers include:

Murry Sidlin, Creator & Guest Conductor

Sarah Gartshore, soprano
Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano
Andrzej Stec, tenor
Sam Hadley, bass-baritone

Northern Illinois University Philharmonic
Danko Drusko, Director
Members of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Northern Illinois University Concert Choir
Eric A. Johnson, Director Of Choral Activities

Cor Cantiamo
Eric A. Johnson, Founding Artistic Director

Voices In Harmony
Steven Szalaj, Director

McHenry County College Chorus
Steven Szalaj, Director

Be inspired by this powerful story, and the magnificent, dramatic music that is Verdi’s Requiem.


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CONNECTIONS:
A Bernstein Centennial

Tickets are $18 each or $15 for Seniors (60+) or current students at college and younger. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Bring your receipt to the concert as your ticket.
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Saturday,November 17, 2018
7:00 PM
First Congregational Church
461 Pierson Street, Crystal Lake
$18/$15; Group Rates Available

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Leonard Bernstein is one of America’s most beloved composers and conductors.  On this concert, we connect with a sample of his compositions, showing the wide range of sound that Bernstein creates.

The featured piece is Chichester Psalms, a three-movement setting of Hebrew Psalms for organ, harp and percussion.  These settings range from powerful, to ecstatically joyful, to serenely beautiful.  The second movement is from Psalm 23 (“The Lord is my shepherd…), and we are proud to introduce Luke Tyndall singing the boy soprano solo!

We will also sing two selections from Bernstein’s Mass, which was commissioned by Jaqueline Kennedy for the opening of the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

No sample of Bernstein’s music would be complete without selections from his Broadway musicals.  We will present two selections from Candide and four selections from West Side Story.

CLICK HERE for a PDF of the concert program.

Connect with this wonderful music!

Join us for

CONNECTIONS: A Bernstein Centennial

 

Sunday, December 9, 2018, 4:00 PM

Raue Center for the Arts
26 N Williams Street
Crystal Lake
$20/$15 at the Raue Box Office
ID Required for Student & Senior Discount
(815) 356-9212
 

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Link takes you to the Raue Center Ticketing Site.
RaueNOW Members will get at 30% discount!
 
Be Inspired!  Click here to listen to the WNIJ interview and story about this event!

Community and chorus join their voices in harmony with Handel’s great masterwork.  It is presented with a 25-piece orchestra, excellent soloists and projections of beautiful calligraphy by Timothy Botts.  The McHenry County College Chorus will supplement the on-stage choir.  This is one of our area’s most meaningful holiday traditions.  Let the Raue resound with the glory of Handel’s music telling the story that reflects the greatest desires of mankind throughout history. 

Our soloists for this concert are (click each name for more):

Kirsten Leslie, Soprano

A.J. Wester, Mezzo-Soprano

Peder Reiff, Tenor

Rick Ziebarth, Bass-Baritone

12/6/16 Story in the Daily Herald

12/5/16 Story in the Elgin Courier

View a video of the 2009 Sing-Along Messiah

A Taste Of Wine & Beer

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Fundraiser for Voices In Harmony

Sunday, May 5, 2019
2:00 ~ 5:00pm

At

1118 N Green Street

McHenry IL 60050

$30 Per Person

Your ticket price includes:

  • 8 quality wines and 8 unique beers selected by
  • Delicious hors d’oeuvrés catered by
  • And a performance by Viva Voce the a cappella ensemble of VIH!

Tickets on sale online, from VIH members, or at the door.

For more information or to purchase tickets for this event: vihchoir87@gmail.com

(Coming Soon) Click for a list of wines & beers to be tasted

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Singing brings us together.

We make music, we breathe together, we feel together, we move together:

We connect with each other.

We connect with our past and our future

We connect with our audience.

We connect with our community.

We connect with our world.


Saturday, November 17, 2018, 7PM

CONNECTIONS: A Bernstein Centennial

VIH performs a selection of works by the great American composer, conductor and educator, Leonard Bernstein.  You will hear music from the powerful West Side Story and Candide.  Also performed will be pieces from Mass and the beautiful Chichester Psalms.  Join us to connect with the joy that Bernstein has brought to our world.


Sunday, December 9, 2018, 4PM

CONNECTIONS:  Sing-Along Messiah

Soar to new heights with Handel’s great masterwork. We invite the community to connect with us on the majestic choruses accompanied by orchestra and featuring four excellent professional soloists. A 21-year holiday tradition!


Sunday, April 28, 2019, 3PM

CONNECTIONS:  The Defiant Requiem

VIH is honored to be a part of this performance of Guiseppe Verdi’s Requiem  at Northern Illinois University, with a full professional orchestra and soloists.  The Defiant Requiem relates the true story of Verdi’s masterpiece in the context of the Terezin Concentration Camp.  There, starting in 1941, a brilliant young conductor taught the work to 150 fellow prisoners from one musical score, and performed it 16 times, most famously for the SS officers.  You will see testimonies from survivors, and experience the life-affirming power of music in the face of desolation.  We connect with the past; it speaks to us today.

Come Sing With Us!

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