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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
Concert Only: $18/$15
Dinner and Concert: $30 (No Longer Available)
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:
by William Latham (1917 – 2004)
by Ralph Manuel (b. 1951)
Já vem a Primavera!
by Henrique de Curitiba (1934 – 2008)
I Have Had Singing
by Steven Sametz (b. 1954)
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
Purchase tickets online, CLICK HERE
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.
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
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.
Purchase tickets online, CLICK HERE
Saturday,November 17, 2018
First Congregational Church
461 Pierson Street, Crystal Lake
$18/$15; Group Rates Available
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.
Connect with this wonderful music!
Join us for
CONNECTIONS: A Bernstein Centennial
Sunday, December 9, 2018, 4:00 PMRaue Center for the Arts26 N Williams StreetCrystal Lake$20/$15 at the Raue Box OfficeID Required for Student & Senior Discount(815) 356-9212
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):
A Taste Of Wine & Beer
Fundraiser for Voices In Harmony
Sunday, May 5, 2019
2:00 ~ 5:00pm
$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: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Coming Soon) Click for a list of wines & beers to be tasted
Each of us has a unique voice.
Each of us has something valuable to say.
Joining together in song,
Our uniqueness becomes a part of
That speaks of peace, truth and humanity
Through time and around the globe.
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 4PM
ONE VOICE: For Peace
VIH is excited to bring to our audience A Sermon from the Mountain, a work by one of America’s foremost choral composers and arrangers, Alice Parker. The work celebrates the words and values of Martin Luther King Jr. Composed shortly after his assassination, Parker uses the musical styles of spirituals, gospel music, blues and American folk music to personalize the message “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Sunday, December 15, 2018, 4PM
ONE VOICE: Sing-Along Messiah
Community and choir join their voices in harmony with Handel’s great masterwork accompanied by a 23-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, and a strong vision of hope proclaimed in one voice.
Saturday, April 4, 2019, 4PM & 7 PM
ONE VOICE: Around The World
This concert season marks a new chapter for VIH, as we become part of Encore! Music Academy. The two unique concerts on this day showcase the four Encore Youth Choirs and VIH, showing that choral singing is a life-long, life-enriching activity. VIH combines with two EYC choirs to present the choral masterwork, Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, accompanied by full orchestra. There will be several pieces combining all five choirs, and each choir will be featured in their own selections of music from around the world
Since May, Voices In Harmony and the ensemble, Viva Voce, have had several performances serving community events aside from our concerts at Main Beach. This outreach is one the the reasons VIH exists. We are proud to bring LIVE music to our community!
On Sunday, May 3, 2015, Viva Voce sang the Star Spangled Banner for the kick-off of the Bob Blazier Run For The Arts. We were at the Raue Center by 7AM! This terrific event raises thousands of dollars for the Raue Center. One of our members, Bob Ladner (singing in running shorts and shoes), ran and raised $140.
Viva Voce performed for the McHenry County Conservation District’s Celebration of Wildflowers & Art on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Coral Ridge Conservation Area in Marengo. A beautiful day with a beautiful event!
Viva Voce participated for the second year in the Crystal Lake Memorial Day Ceremony at Union Cemetery on Monday, May 25, 2015. We are honored to be a part of this meaningful event honoring our Armed Forces Veterans.
Members of VIH sang the Star Spangled Banner for the start of the McHenry County Patriot Run on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at McHenry County College. We had to be there by 7 AM! This is a great event that raises thousands of dollars for veterans in McHenry County. (Photo Credit: Flash of Glory Photography)
On Saturday afternoon July 25, 2015, Viva Voce, sang a 45-minute program for Faith and Family Day, an event created by the Marengo-Union Clergy Alliance. Though it was hot, it was a fun performance!
That same evening, Saturday, July 25, 2015, members of VIH sang the Star Spangled Banner at the Opening Ceremony of the MCYSA Summer International Championships. The ceremony was at Lippold Park. The tournament has baseball teams representing Puerto Rico, Japan, and the US. This is our third year at the event.
On Sunday, August 16, 2015, Viva Voce sang a 60-Minute program for the Huntley ArtFest. We began at 2:00 PM – a hot day, but a great concert!