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“A Night at the Opera” re-imagines opera in a delightfully inventive fashion
The acclaimed vocal ensemble Chicago a cappella presents a new concert this April, A Night at the Opera, conceived by long-time ensemble member Kathryn Kamp. Familiar overtures and arias are re-imagined for Chicago a cappella’s ensemble, and repertoire ranges from Mozart and Puccini to Gilbert and Sullivan, Spike Jones, rock opera, and even The Phantom of the Opera. The opera house has never been so much fun!
“Some of our best-received concerts have been conceived by our ensemble members, who are among the best singers in Chicago” says Executive Director Matthew Greenberg. “It's particularly exciting to have so many new arrangements being created just for us by great arrangers like Patrick Sinozich and this concert’s Guest Music Director, Paul Langford.”
“I have been incredibly excited about this project since Kathryn came to me with her idea nearly two years ago,” says Artistic Director Jonathan Miller. “It’s been a pleasure to work with Kathryn and really watch her vision take shape. Think of this concert as equal parts ‘Live from the Met’ and Marx Brothers.”
From the stages of Chicago’s Pritzker Pavilion and Chicago Shakespeare Theater to Frank Lloyd Wright’s concert hall at Taliesen and Muddy River Opera Company in Southern Illinois, Kathryn Kamp has created a career spanning oratorio, opera, operetta and music theater. Her performance of John Corigliano’s Fern Hill with the Grant Park Music Festival was described both “meltingly sung” and “beautifully sung.” Kamp has also been an active stage director in the Chicago area for 15 years, bringing to life a variety of productions. She also created "Shakespeare's Women," a full length production based arias, scenes and monologues focusing on the lives and loves of The Bard's most famous female characters. She served as Stage Director for Bowen Park Opera from 2000-2010. Prior to her appointment at Bowen Park Opera she held the position of Production Stage Manager at Lyric Opera Cleveland and Memphis Opera.
A Night at the Opera
Paul Langford, Guest Music Director
Naperville: Friday, April 7, 7:30 PM
Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave
Evanston: Saturday, April 8, 8:00 PM
Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave.
Chicago/Hyde Park: Saturday, April 22, 8:00 PM
Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.
Oak Park: Sunday, April 23, 4:00 PM
Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St.
Tickets: Single tickets range from $15-$43. Group tickets (10+) are available from $10-$30.
About Chicago a cappella
Chicago a cappella strives to advance the art and appreciation of ensemble singing. With more than 350 performances to its credit, Chicago a cappella presents an annual Chicago-area subscription series, creates studio recordings, produces educational outreach programming, and gives performances on tour and in special engagements. Led by Artistic Director Jonathan Miller and Executive Director Matthew Greenberg, the ensemble enjoys a reputation as a leader in the choral field and has been long recognized for vocal virtuosity and innovative programming.
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