[Asher Moses, 9, will sing the role of the angel appearing to the shepherds in Handel's "Messiah."]
Camerata Chicago will have about 20 orchestra members and 25 voices in its choir, an ensemble created in 2017. Its members represent all the top choral groups in the city – from Lyric Opera and Music of the Baroque to the Chicago Symphony, Hall said.
Looking ahead, plans for a royal welcome are in the works for a concert program next September featuring Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major played by famed Serbian artist Stefan Milenkovich, who teaches at the University of Illinois. In learning of Milenkovich's upcoming appearances with Camerata Chicago, the crown prince and princess of Serbia, Alexander and Katherine, expressed their interest in attending both the Wheaton and Chicago concerts. They had met Hall at a charity event in Chicago.
Princess Katherine will speak at the concerts, which are presented in celebration of the work of Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, of which she is patron.
As an aside, Prince Alexander is a descendant of Queen Victoria and his godmother is Queen Elizabeth.
Hall also announced another first for his orchestra, a promised $1 million legacy gift from an arts patron, leading to the creation of the Joyce Saxon Music Director Chair in her honor.
As a special invitation to young people, tickets to the "Messiah" concert are free for youth age 16 and younger attending with an adult. It dovetails with Hall's educational mission to inspire the next generation of musicians and concertgoers.
If you go
WHAT: Camerata Chicago chamber orchestra and choir will perform music from Handel's "Messiah"
WHERE: College Church, 332 E. Seminary Ave., Wheaton
WHEN: 3 p.m. Nov. 2 in Wheaton, preceded at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in a chapel at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, Michigan Avenue and Chestnut Street
COST: $50 for adults, $40 for seniors, $10 for students, and free for youth 16 and younger with paying adult
INFO: www.cameratachicago.org, 630-221-5555