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

Tickets are $5/$3


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DEFIANT REQUIEM tells the little-known story of the Nazi concentration camp, Terezín. Led by imprisoned conductor Rafael Schächter, the inmates of Terezín fought back…with art and music. Through hunger, disease and slave labor, the Jewish inmates of Terezin hold onto their humanity by staging plays, composing opera and using paper and ink to record the horrors around them.

The program begins with a short video giving the background story through the words of survivors.  Then, VIH will join forces with the NIU Concert Choir and the professional choir, Cor Cantiamo, in a performance of Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901).  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

You will 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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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

 

 

 Saturday, October 25, 2014
Wentz Concert Hall
North Central College
Naperville, IL
 

Thanks to Al Edlund for this – nicely done, Al!

Thanks to Al Edlund for these videos of “The Voice Of America”

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Concert Attire for
Fall, Winter and Spring Concerts (more…)

 

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!

Viva Voce at Blazier Run

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 at MCCD Event 2

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 at Memorial Day Ceremony

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.

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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)

Viva Voce at Faith & Family Day

On Saturday afternoon July 25, 2015, Viva Voce, sang a 45-minute program for Faith and Family Dayan event created by the Marengo-Union Clergy Alliance.  Though it was hot, it was a fun performance!

VIH at MCYSA Tournament

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!