2016-2017 Season Overview


Music In The Neighborhood

Every fall Apollo brings its celebrated choral music to Chicago’s neighborhoods, with a FREE program featuring selections from our upcoming season as well as past favorites. This year we are honored to be performing at the beautiful St. Paul of the Cross Church in Park Ridge. The concert will feature a wide variety of music, including works by Handel, and Bach, as well as Broadway classics.

Sunday, November 6, at 3:00 pm
St. Paul of the Cross Church
320 S. Washington Street, Park Ridge, 60068



Handel’s Messiah

Few works are more time-honored than Handel’s Messiah. The Apollo Chorus has been presenting this glorious masterpiece annually since 1879, a track record unmatched in the city of Chicago. The Chicago Tribune hailed Apollo’s performances as a “venerable holiday tradition” performed with “an exultant spirit that came from the heart.” Apollo welcomes outstanding soloists Josefien Stoppelenburg, soprano, Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano, Mark Van Arsdale, tenor and Levi Hernandez, baritone. We know this year's Messiah performances will be our most memorable to date. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the power and passion of Messiah as you’ve never heard it before.

Saturday, December 10, at 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 11, at 2:00 pm
Harris Theater for Music & Dance
205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago

This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City Of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.



Choral Classics Concert: Bach's Mass in B minor

In collaboration with the Renovo String Orchestra

The Apollo Chorus is known for its masterful performances of some of the most beloved repertoire in choral music. Our Choral Classics concert reprises Bach’s Mass in B minor, considered Bach’s most profound and beautiful music.  Johann Sebastian Bach spent the last years of his life undertaking what he knew would be his final great achievement.  We'll again welcome soprano Sherazade Panthaki and bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba.  Mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh and tenor Charles Blandy will make their Apollo debuts.  Join us at Wentz Concert Hall to experience Bach’s statement on the nature of sacred music as a bequest to the future.

Saturday, February 25, at 7:30 pm
Wentz Concert Hall
171 E Chicago Ave, Naperville, IL 60540 

Free pre-concert talk (30 minutes) by Music Director Stephen Alltop at 6:30 pm

Spring Concert: American Masters 

Continuing its long history of working with outstanding composers of our time, the Apollo Chorus presents Jeff Beal, a multiple Emmy winner for many TV and film scores, including the Netflix series House of Cards. The program includes the Midwest premiere of  Beal’s The Salvage Men, and Poor in Spirit, with the composer himself performing on trumpet.  Music of Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Randall Thompson and Eric Whitacre will complete this not-to-be-missed concert experience.  


Friday, May 5, at 7:30 pm
Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago

Sunday, May 7, at 3:00 pm
Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University
1870 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208


Apollo Chorus is a proud recipient of a grant by the Illinois Arts council