On Sunday, May 5, at DuPage Chorale, under the direction of Lee R. Kesselman, with the DuPage Chorale Orchestra will perform “Americana” a concert featuring works by Amy Beach and Randall Thompson at the McAninch Arts Center.

“DuPage Chorale was the first music ensemble formed at College of DuPage and has been in continuous operation for more than 50 years. Throughout that time, we have had many memorable concerts, but I am particularly excited about this concert. From wonderful selection of compositions to the extraordinary guest artists, to the impressive choral sound of the DuPage Chorale backed by the DuPage Chorale Orchestra, this concert promises to inspire and entertain,” says Kesselman.

The program will include Dixit Dominus by Ignacio ide Jerusalem (1701-1769), written for the Mexico City Cathedral; Canticle of the Sun by Amy Beach (1867-1944) the first prominent woman U.S. composer; and Testament of Freedom, American composer Randall Thompson’s World War II masterwork. 

The program will showcase soprano Sarah Vander Ploeg (soprano), who has soloed in London, New York, Chicago, Vienna, around the UK and France, and in several smaller cities scattered throughout the US and Europe. She is a Masters graduate (Voice and Opera) of Northwestern University and previously received an MMus with Distinction from the Vocal Faculty of the Royal Academy of Music, London in 2010.

Also showcased in the concert will be Denise Gamez (mezzo-soprano), who regularly sings recital, oratorio and symphonic repertoire with orchestras throughout the U.S. and abroad. At the Merola Opera Program of the San Francisco Opera, where she received the Gropper Memorial Award, she sang Dame Quickly in Verdi’s Falstaff, and Fidalma in Cimarosa’s The Secret Marriage.

The recipient of several awards, including a 2018 George London Foundation Award, Aaron Short’s (tenor) most recent local credits include Alméric in Chicago Opera Theater’s critically acclaimed premiere of Iolanta and Flask in the COT’s upcoming production of Moby Dick.

Finally, David Govertsen (bass), a COD alumnus, recently stepped in on short notice at Lyric Opera of Chicago replacing the ill Peter Rose as producer La Roche opposite Renée Fleming and Anne Sophie von Otter in Cappricio. Govertsen made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2011 as the Herald in Otello with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Muti.  He holds degrees from both Northwestern University and Northern Illinois University.

The first music ensemble formed at College of DuPage, DuPage Chorale performs choral concerts, usually in conjunction with the DuPage Chorale Orchestra. Repertoire includes standard choral works by Bach, Handel, Mozart and Brahms, as well as, modern masterpieces by Orff, Poulenc, Stravinsky and others.

Tickets for the upcoming concert are $16 adult/$14 senior and $6 student with valid ID. For tickets or more information, visit AtTheMAC.org or call 630.942.4000.

 DuPage Chorale and DuPage Chorale Orchestra Bringing "Americana" to The Mac

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DuPage Choral and DuPage Chorale Orchestra led by conductor Lee R. Kesselman (photo courtesy of DuPage Chorale).

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