Busy Classical September in Chicago
Not only has the VOX 3 Collective season begun with a bang, but great things are happening all around Chicago in the month of September!
Following the Grant Park Music Festival, city dwellers yearn for one more evening to sit under the stars, enjoying a bottle of wine with beautiful music. Luckily Lyric Opera of Chicago has annually presented an opportunity to do just that, with this year’s event occurring on September 6 at 7:30pm. The Stars of Lyric Opera at Millennium Park concert showcases world-renowned singers in the heart of our world-class city. This year’s concert features selections the Tannhäuser overture, the Act One finale of Tosca, and the final scene of Don Giovanni, with additional pieces from Macbeth, Rigoletto, and Iris. Performers include Mark Delevan, Marius Kwiecień, and Ana María Martínez.
But if the Lyric concert alone does not whet your appetite, stop by PianoForte Studios on your way to the park for our own Liederpalooza! an Open House of Art Song. This concert seeks to raise funds for The Lied, Art Song, and Choral Texts Archive, a valuable internet resource treasured by singers for its comprehensive collection of texts and translations. Featured works include Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Poulenc’s Fiançailles pour rire, and Libby Larsen’s Try Me, Good King. Admission is free, with music running through the afternoon from 2:00-5:00pm.
Also opening on September 6 is Main Street Opera’s production of Donizetti’s riveting opera, Lucia di Lammermoor. The rotating cast features several VOX 3 members, including Mary Lutz-Govertsen as Lucia, along with Michael Orlinsky, David Govertsen, Angela Torres-Kutkuhn, and Ian Hosack. The premiere takes place at St. John Cantius, with subsequent dates throughout the area. The Nuvole Ensemble is conducted by Greg Tufts, with stage direction by Aaron Hunt. Find out more on the Main Street Opera website.
The same organization is concurrently producing a rare opportunity to experience zarzuela in Chicago. On September 19 at 7:00pm at the Instituto Cervantes, 31 W Ohio St, this Spanish-language form of operetta gives us a happy ending. With two pairs of lovers, singing and spoken dialogue, castanets, and guitar, there is Spanish flair aplenty. Michael Orlinsky directs.
Finally, Collaborative Arts Instute of Chicago presents its fabulous fall festival, focusing on the German love songs of Clara Wieck, Robert Schumann, and Johannes Brahms. Several events, from master classes to star recitals, trace the complex relationship of these three musical geniuses. Featured performers are soprano Susanna Phillips, tenor Nicholas Phan, and mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung. Speaking of CAIC, congratulations to VOX artists Karen Ann Baron and Zachary Vanderburg, who as members of Fourth Coast Ensemble, are the inaugural Vocal Chamber Music Fellows with the organization.
So, in other words, plan a marvelous musical month in the Windy City. Get out and support live music!