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Stephen Alltop has built a career based on excellence in several disciplines, conducting both orchestral and choral ensembles, and performing as a keyboard artist. The 2013-2014 season marks his seventeenth year as Music Director of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago. Mr. Alltop is the ninth music director in the 140-year history of the chorus. Under his direction, the Apollo Chorus has expanded its collaborations to include appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival, Peninsula Music Festival, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. A specialist in oratorio performance, he has conducted over 100 oratorio and operatic masterworks. He also serves as music director for the Green Lake Choral Institute in Wisconsin and the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, he was named Conductor of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras for his work with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra.  The orchestra has received multiple awards for excellence in programming. 

In April of 2013,Stephen Alltop was named as Music Director and Conductor of the Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of his first season there include Daphnis et Chloé Suites 1 and 2 by Ravel, Bach's Magnificat, and the Symphony No. 4 by Carl Nielsen.  Dr. Alltop has served as a member of Northwestern University's conducting and keyboard faculties since 1994 where he con

 

ducts the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and the Baroque Music Ensemble.  This year, he will conduct the world premiere of "Chapel Songs: Five Diverse Songs for Chorus and Orchestra" by Joseph Schwantner, commissioned for the 50th Anniversary of Alice Millar Chapel.

Mr. Alltop has guest conducted numerous orchestras and choruses across the United States.  He has led opera and orchestral concerts with a number of Italian orchestras, including I Soloisti di Perugia, Fondazione Arturo Toscanini (Bologna), Teatro Reggio Orchestra (Parma), Festival Mozart (Roverto), Orchestra Sinfonica (Bari), Teatro Piccinni (Bari), and the Festival Duni (Matera). Dr. Alltop led the International Schools Choral Music Society Festival in Busan, South Korea in February of 2013. He has worked closely with leading composers of the day, including residency projects with John Corigliano, Eleanor Daley, Stephen Paulus and Eric Whitacre, and has conducted world premieres of works by John Luther Adams, Jan Bach, Miguel del Agila, Frank Ferko, Fabrizio Festa, Stephen Paulus, Alan Terricciano, and many others. In 2007, he made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting music of Eric Whitacre.

An active musician in historic performance practices, Stephen Alltop has performed with many of today's outstanding early music musicians, including Julianne Baird, Elizabeth Blumenstock, David Douglass, Kenneth Slowik and Ton Koopman and Nicholas McGegan. He has appeared as a harpsichordist and organist with Boston's Handel and Haydn Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Bach Project, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, and the Omaha Symphony.  Dr. Alltop has served as principal organist for Soli Deo Gloria's Chicago Bach Project. In 2011, he was principal organist performing Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and conductor John Nelson at the Basilique St. Denis in France. As conductor of the Annual Celebration of Celtic Music at Chicago's Symphony Center, he has worked with distinguished television and stage performers such as Brian Dennehy, Bill Kurtis, John Mahoney, and Martin Sheen. His performances have been broadcast on Medici TV, RAI Italian Radio and Television, and the WFMT Fine Arts Network. His recordings can be found on the Albany, Cedille, Clarion, and American Gramaphone labels.

Vivacious Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church

Elmhurst, Illinois

Sunday, 28 January 2018 - 3:00 PM

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Presenter: Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra

Corelli: Concerto Grosso in D major, Op. 6, No. 7

Ensemble: Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Stephen Alltop

Handel: Concerto Grosso in G major, Op. 6 No. 1 HWV 319

Ensemble: Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Stephen Alltop

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

Artist: Joshua Brown (Violin)

Ensemble: Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Stephen Alltop

Stanger Audition Luncheon

Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church

Elmhurst, Illinois

Saturday, 17 February 2018 - 11:45 AM

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Held at the Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, 149 West Brush Hill, the Robert Stanger Young Artist Concerto Auditions provide a forum for outstanding area high school instrumentalists to compete for the opportunity to perform a concerto movement with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. These awards are in memory of Dr. Robert Stanger, President of Elmhurst College, who also served as President of the Board of Directors of the Elmhurst Symphony from 1968-1972. 

We invite you to spend all or part of the day immersed in music performed by stars of the future; come hear as many as you like, entering & leaving during audition transitions. (Free admission to listen.)

Auditions occur in 15-minute intervals from 8:30am - 4:15pm.

Add to your experience – join us for lunch at Park Place of Elmhurst
12 noon – 1:00 p.m., $22.00 per person

Presenters: Elmhurst Symphony Association; Kiwanis Club of Elmhurst

Program TBA

 

Verdi's Requiem

Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church

Elmhurst, Illinois

Sunday, 11 March 2018 - 3:00 PM

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Presenter: Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra

Verdi: Requiem

Artists: Sarah Gartshore (Soprano); Laurent Decker (Mezzo Soprano); Scott Ramsay (Tenor); Sam Handley (Bass); Apollo Chorus of Chicago

Ensemble: Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Stephen Alltop

Bach and Beyond

Mayslake Peabody Estate

Oak Brook, Illinois

Thursday, 12 April 2018 - 7:30 PM

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Josefien Stoppelenburg, Jean Hatmaker, and Stephen Alltop share an engaging array of solos, duets and trios, including baroque arias and fascinating newer works. Featured composers include Bach, Handel, Kodaly, and Josefien's father, Willem Stoppelenburg. A program sure to delight 
 

Presenters: Dr. Stephen Alltop; Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra; Jean Hatmaker; Stephen Alltop, Conductor; Josefien Stoppelenburg; Willem Stoppelenburg

Program TBA

Artists: Josefien Stoppelenburg (Soprano); Stephen Alltop (Harpsichord); Jean Hatmaker (Cello)

Ensemble: Elmhurst Symphony Musicians

European Romance with Weber & Saint-Saëns

Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church

Elmhurst, Illinois

Saturday, 5 May 2018 - 7:00 PM

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Presenter: Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra

Weber: Overture to Oberon

Ensemble: Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Stephen Alltop

Walton: Concerto for Viola

Artist: Aditi Prakash (Viola)

Ensemble: Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Stephen Alltop

Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Op. 28

Artist: Baird Dodge (Violin)

Ensemble: Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Stephen Alltop

Saint-Saëns: Romance, Op. 48

Artist: Baird Dodge (Violin)

Ensemble: Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Stephen Alltop

Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber

Ensemble: Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Stephen Alltop

VERDI'S REQUIEM
Saturday, October 7, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

MUSIC OF THE SEASON
Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

BAROQUE BRILLIANCE
Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

MUSIC OF DESTINY
Friday, March 2, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

MUSIC OF TITANS
Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.

 

CUSO PERFORMANCES | KRANNERT CENTER

CU BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER
December 1-3, 2017
December 8-10, 2017

CUSO YOUTH CONCERTS
THE COMPOSER’S TOOLBOX
April 9-10, 2018

Our 146th Season

Music in the Neighborhood—Free Admission
Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 2:30pm
Holy Family Church, 1080 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago

Apollo presents selections from Carmina Burana (Orff), Messiah (Handel), plus selections from our Spring 2018 concert.

 

Händel's Messiah
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 7:00pm (buy tickets!)
Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm (buy tickets!)
Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Millennium Park, Chicago

Soloists
Josefien Stoppelenburg, Soprano
Julie Miller, Mezzo-Soprano
Steven Soph, Tenor
Paul Max Tipton, Bass-Baritone

Few works are more time honored than Händel's Messiah. The Chicago Tribune hailed Apollo's performances as a “venerable holiday tradition” performed with “an exultant spirit that comes from the heart”. Don't miss the opportunity to experience the power and passion of Messiah as you've never heard it before.

 

Choral Classics Concert—Verdi's Requiem
Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 7:30pm, Holy Family Church, Chicago
Pre-concert talk by Dr. Stephen Alltop, at 6:30pm 

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Soloists

Sarah Gartshore, Soprano
Lauren Decker, Mezzo-Soprano
Scott Ramsay, Tenor

Sam Handley, Bass-Baritone

In collaboration with Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra. Verdi's majestic Requiem is an unforgettable concert experience. The walls will tremble in both intimate solo passages and towering choral settings, Verdi's melodic gifts remain unsurpassed, 144 years after the Requiem's first performance.

 

Spring Concert—Orff's Carmina Burana and Midwestern Masters
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7:30pmFourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago
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Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 3:00pmFirst United Church, Oak Park
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One of the most epic choral works of all time, Carmina Burana explores themes as familiar today as they were in the 13th century: fickleness of fortune and wealth, the joy of the return of Spring, and the pleasures and perils of drinking, gluttony and lust.  Joined with delightful pieces by some of the Midwest’s greatest composers, this concert is not to be missed!