The Music Institute of Chicago Chorale, conducted by Daniel Wallenberg, offers families a musical menagerie of animal songs with its concert program A Day at the Zoo Sunday, March 29 at 3 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston.
The program offers animal-themed songs from different musical periods, featuring the world premiere of “Two by Two” by Bob Applebaum. Other songs on the program include “The Cuckoo” by Benjamin Britten, the South African folk song “Unonkal” (The Crab), “Warnung!” (Warning! The Scorpion) by Joseph Haydn, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by Solomon Linda, “The Woodpecker” by Stephen Chatman, “Counterpoint of the Animals” by Adriano Banchieri, and more.
Music Institute of Chicago Chorale
The Music Institute of Chicago Chorale is a community chorus that provides an opportunity for adult singers with prior experience to study and perform the best in sacred and secular choral music. Now in its 26th season, the Chorale has one continuing goal: to perform the finest sacred and secular choral music with the highest of standards in a community setting. Under the leadership of Conductor Daniel Wallenberg, the Chorale has developed a wide range of repertoire, including motets, madrigals, part-songs, folk songs, and larger choral-orchestral works by Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, Duruflé, and many others. Throughout the years, the Chorale has collaborated with local choirs and symphony orchestras and has produced two fully costumed Elizabethan madrigal dinners. In addition, the Chorale has collaborated several times with the Music Institute’s voice faculty for concerts of opera and Broadway music.
Chorale conductor Daniel Wallenberg is also on the staff of the Chicago Children’s Choir, working with the In-School Chorus and After-School Programs for the Rogers Park and Humboldt Park Neighborhood Choirs, as well as its world-renowned Concert Choir with whom he toured Ukraine and the United States. He is the director of the junior and adult choirs at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation and the founder and artistic director of “Zemer Am,” the Chicago Jewish Choral Festival. A native of Bogota, Colombia, Wallenberg founded several adult and children’s choirs while living in Israel.
Chicago Children’s Choir Neighborhood Choirs
The Chicago Children’s Choir’s after-school Neighborhood Choir Programs provide beginning and intermediate choral training to 500 diverse children while building community pride and stewardship in each singer. The Humboldt Park Choir, which rehearses at Casa Central, Chicago’s largest Hispanic social service agency, has served boys and girls from the Humboldt Park, Bucktown, Wicker Park, Logan Square, West Town, Austin, Garfield Park, and other surrounding neighborhoods since 2001. The Rogers Park Neighborhood Choir has served boys and girls from 10 communities in Chicago as well as Evanston, Lincolnwood, and Skokie since 1991.
Music Institute of Chicago
The Music Institute of Chicago is a community music school dedicated to transforming lives through music education. The institution exists to lead everyone in its community toward a lifelong engagement with music. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-collegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS). Each year, the Music Institute’s teachers and arts therapists reach thousands of students and clients of all ages and levels of experience. Music Institute locations include Chicago, Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, and Downers Grove. In addition, the Music Institute is proud of its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools through its Arts Link program. The Music Institute offers lessons and classes, creative arts therapy, and concerts through its Community Music School, Academy, Institute for Therapy through the Arts (ITA), and Nichols Concert Hall.
The Music Institute of Chicago Chorale presents A Day at the Zoo Sunday, March 29 at 3 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $7 for students, available at brownpapertickets.com/event/1332861. For information, visit musicinst.org.