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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.

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Northwestern University Alumnae Continuing Education Series

Fall 2016

Great Composers - From Schubert to Gershwin

Stephen Alltop, Senior Lecturer, Conducting & Ensembles

Tuesdays, 12:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

McCormick Auditorium

DATE

SEPT. 20 Franz Schubert: Giant of Song

Sept. 27  Hector Berlioz: Larger than Life

October 4 Robert Schumann: Tormented Genius

October 11 Antonín Dvořák: Bohemia’s Favorite

October 18 NO CLASS

October 25 Claude Debussy: Impressionist in Music

Nov. 1 George Gershwin: Rhapsody in the USA

Nov. 8 Maurice Ravel: Musical Colorist Extraordinaire

Nov. 15 Aaron Copland: America’s Composer

Nov. 22 John Corigliano: A Genius of Our Time

Nov. 29  César Franck: French Romantic Master

(For this date, NOTE EARLY START TIME 12:30 - 2:30, location: Alice Millar Chapel)

Musical Explorations


Stephen Alltop, Senior Lecturer, Conducting and Ensembles Winter 2017

Tuesday afternoons, 12:45-2:45 p.m.,
Norris University Center
Note: The final class will be in Alice Millar Chapel. 

DATE

Jan. 3 Franz Liszt: Virtuosic Visionary

Franz Liszt is best known for his exploits as one of the first and greatest virtuosos on the piano. While initially he composed in support his performance needs, Liszt ultimately became one of the most ifluential and forward-looking composers of the 19th century.

Jan. 10 Giacomo Puccini: A Lion of Opera

Giacomo Puccini was the most famous creator of the verismo operas – works that drew upon real-life subjects and characters as opposed to those of mythology or legend. One of the great melodists of all time, his music also features sumptuous harmonies and soaring vocal lines. From Manon Lescaut to Turandot, Puccini’s hit parade is one of the most beloved in opera history.

Jan. 17 Béla Bartok: Hungarian Genius

Along with his countryman Zoltán Kodály, Béla Bartók melded the essence of Hungarian folk songs with musical forms of great imagination and sophistication. Bartók achieved worldwide prominence during the turbulent first half of the 20th century.

Jan. 24 Samuel Barber: American Voice

(Note earlier time: 12:30-2:30 p.m.)

From his early days as a young musician who caught the attention of Toscanini to his ascendancy as one of America’s greatest composers, Samuel Barber enjoyed a stellar career. His music is imbued with a vocal quality that was derived in part from his own singing as a baritone.

Jan. 31 Ornamentation and Variation

Ornamentation and variation are two closely related ways that musical themes and compositions are embellished and developed. The lecture will examine how performers and composers enhance beautiful music through both imagination and careful craftsmanship.

Feb. 7 Crossing the Line – Where Jazz meets Classical Music

While the melding of jazz and classical idioms is now a long-standing concept, other parallels between these musical styles are compelling to examine, particularly the similarities between the rhythms section of a jazz combo and the continuo group in baroque music. Supported by live performers, you can expect some improvisation in this presentation!

Feb. 14 All Keyed Up: How Composers Choose Their Keys

We hear of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor and Bach’s Mass in B Minor, but why were those keys selected for these monumental pieces? Stephen Alltop examines the practical, historical, mystical, and symbolic reasons behind how composers chose their keys.

Feb. 21 Plucked and Strummed: Harp, Harpsichord, & Theorbo

An in-depth presentation on three closely related instruments: the harp, harpsichord, and theorbo. The fascinating histories, capabilities and importance of these instruments will be discussed and supported by live performances.

Feb. 28 Strings and Things

The forebearers of modern string instruments such as the violin, viola, cello and bass include rebecs, bowed lyres, and viols. Each of the members of the modern string family will be presented and played by outstanding performers from the Bienen School of Music.

Mar. 7 Maurice Duruflé: Musical Perfectionist

(Alice Millar Chapel)

Maurice Duruflé was an enigmatic and highly accomplished organist and composer. His music blends elements of Gregorian chant, exquisite counterpoint, and impressionistic harmonies. Dr. Alltop will discuss Duruflé’s Requiem, one of the masterpieces of the choral repertoire, and perform organ works by Duru é, Louis Vierne, and Charles Tournemire.