The PSO is excited to collaborate with the Apollo Chorus of Chicago’s first touring performance of Handel’s Messiah! Founded in 1872, the Apollo Chorus of Chicago is one of the oldest choral societies in the United States and the oldest musical organization in Chicago.
The Apollo Chorus of Chicago is the area’s premier volunteer chorus. Its over 120 auditioned members include men and women of all ages, races, creeds, and occupations brought together by their abiding love of music. The voices of college students blend seamlessly with the voices of retirees who have belonged to Apollo for over fifty years. The singers’ dedication, artistry, and passion produce performances of unrivalled majesty.
Apollo performs the masterworks of the choral repertoire in concert halls and cathedrals all over the Chicagoland area. In recent years, the Chorus has performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s Mass in b minor, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and Mozart’s Requiem. Apollo’s annual performances of Handel’s complete Messiah have become a beloved holiday tradition for Chicago families. Apollo embraces new masterpieces too and has featured contemporary composers Eric Whitacre, Eleanor Daley, and Stephen Paulus in its repertoire. Annual Spring Concerts showcase the Chorus’s range spanning from spirituals to sambas, Baroque to the Blues.
In addition to its own season, Apollo has frequently been invited to perform in music festivals and concert series with top orchestras and conductors around the Midwest, including the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Peninsula Music Festival in Door County. Apollo has also been featured in Star Wars In Concert, performed with Jackie Evancho and Josh Groban, and appeared on Oprah’s 2 part finale, Oprah’s Surprise Spectacular.Learn More about the Artist
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.