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From Beethoven to Holst, Chicago Master Singers present an array of sacred music

By Kyle MacMillan
Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 9:59 am

To be noticed in Chicago’s sprawling classical scene, dominated by a world-class symphony orchestra and opera company, smaller organizations have to find a niche.

And that’s exactly what the Chicago Master Singers has done.

Chicago Master Singers offer a Russian salute of their own

By Dennis Polkow
Sat Apr 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm

With the Chicago Symphony Orchestra making its second-ever Russian tour, the Chicago Master Singers offered a hometown salute to Russia of its own in preparation for its own tour of the Baltic states and St. Petersburg next summer.

By John von Rhein, Classical music critic
January 10, 2012

Chicago Tribune

There is no busier musician looking after the needs of classical music audiences on the North Shore than Alan Heatherington.

As music director of three respected organizations – the Ars Viva Symphony Orchestra, Lake Forest Symphony and Chicago Master Singers – the conductor has significantly raised the artistic level of each group. Thanks to the team efforts of his administrative officers and board members, the organizations are operating from a firm fiscal base, in contrast to the economic woes not-for-profits of comparable size are experiencing.

Chicago Master Singers present a moving, powerful account of Dvorák’s “Stabat Mater”

By Lawrence A. Johnson
Sun Nov 06, 2011 at 12:51 pm

The Chicago Master Singers — 129 strong — delivered daunting corporate power, dramatic point and dedication in their challenging role. For a non-professional chorus, the vocalism and tonal refinement was largely impressive with the singers showing commitment and stamina over the long evening.

Perfect storm of harmonies from Lake Forest Symphony

By DOROTHY ANDRIES, Classical Music Critic
May 25, 2011 6:48PM

Winnetka Talk (Sun Times / Pioneer Press)

Alan Heatherington conducts the Lake Forest Symphony

Conductor Alan Heatherington combined his Chicago Master Singers and Lake Forest Symphony Friday May 20 in the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake, and the results were stellar.

The featured work of the evening was Mendelsson’s Symphony No. 2 (“Lobgesang”) or “Hymn of Praise,” with sopranos Michelle Areyzaga and Tricia Melzer-Swaydrak, and tenor Kurt R. Hansen as soloists.

“Lobgesang” was sung in its original German, with a translation in the program. The singers’ spirited entrance, after the three orchestral movements, was stunning, filling the acoustically fine theater with glorious song.

Chicago Master Singers soar in rare masterworks by Schumann and Bruckner

Sat Nov 06, 2010 at 11:51 am
By Bryant Manning

It was likely not a concert on most people’s radar, but Friday night’s event in the north suburbs offered one of the choral highlights of the year.

Conductor Alan Heatherington, his Ars Viva Orchestra, a quartet of vocalists and the Chicago Master Singers were top-flight companions in large works of sacred music by Schumann and Bruckner. The music seemed tailor-made for the Divine Word Chapel, a cathedral with a live-wire acoustic that rises like a skyscraper in the remote enclave of Techny, near Northbrook. On an otherwise loaded night of music around the Chicago area, commuters were certainly well rewarded.