2014-2015 Season Overview


Music In The Neighborhood

Every fall, Apollo brings the world of choral music to Chicago’s ethnically diverse neighborhoods with a free concert,  featuring selections from our upcoming season as well as past favorites. This year, we are honored to be performing at the beautiful St. John Cantius Church with its magnificently restored organ. The concert will feature a wide variety of music, including works by Handel, Schubert and Lauridsen. 

Sunday, November 2, at 3:30 pm
St. John Cantius Church
825 N. Carpenter, Chicago


Handel’s Messiah

Few works are more world-renowned than Handel’s Messiah. Composed by a German, premiered in Ireland, and today performed regularly around the globe, 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 definitive performances as a “venerable holiday tradition” performed with “an exultant spirit that came from the heart.” Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the power and passion of Messiah as you’ve never heard it before.

Saturday, December 6, at 3:00 pm
Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center
220 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago

Saturday, December 20, at 3:00 pm
Harris Theater for Music & Dance
205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago


Choral Classics Concert: Britten's Simple Symphony, Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, and Schubert's Mass in A-flat

In collaboration with the Renovo String Orchestra

The Apollo Chorus is known for its diverse repertoire of classic choral works. Each year we strive to expand the classical experience of our audiences and this year is no exception. Our Choral Classics concert will take you from 19th century Vienna with Schubert’s dynamic Mass in A-flat, one of his most profound compositions, to 20th century England and America with Britten’s Simple Symphony and Lauridsen’s soaring Lux Aeterna. To hear Lauridsen's sublime "O nata lux" movement and Schubert's most powerful mass setting in the majestic space of Rockefeller Chapel is an experience you will never forget.

Saturday, March 7, at 7:30 pm
University of Chicago - Rockefeller Chapel
5850 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago (Hyde Park)
Free pre-concert talk (20-30 minutes) by Music Director Stephen Alltop at 6:45 pm

Approximate duration of concert: 1 hour and 50 minutes, including brief intermission


Spring Concert: International Voices

In one of the most diverse and engaging programs we have ever offered, the Apollo Chorus will bring you American folksong and gospel settings that range from the heart-warming to the thrilling. Leaving for distant musical shores, you'll enjoy scintillating vocal effects from Venezuela, bracing Georgian chanting, and Celtic delights, complete with sparkling instrumental accompaniments. Beautiful choral gems by international luminaries such as Paul Ayres, James MacMillan, Erik Esenvalds, Arvo Pärt, and Eric Whitacre will astound and move you.

Friday, May 1, at 7:30 pm
Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 E. Chestnut Street, Chicago

Sunday, May 3, at 3:00 pm
Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church
149 W. Brush Hill Rd, Elmhurst