Amazing Soprano Awet Andemicael Debuts with the
Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra
Amazing soprano Awet Andemicael performs some of the most beautiful Alleluias ever written by Vivaldi and Mozart paired with the dazzling sounds of Corelli’s Concerto Grosso and Haydn’s spritely and energetic Thirtieth Symphony “Alleluia.” A joyful and jubilant start to the holiday season.
Listen LIVE to the Illinois Symphony Chamber Orchestra on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Illinois and Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 7:30 PM at Second Presbyterian Church in Bloomington. Please join us after the concert for Coda Conversations, a post-concert discussion with musicians from the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the featured guest artists, and Music Director Ken Lam.
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Tickets may be purchased in Springfield through the UIS Ticket Office at (217) 206-6160 and in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts Ticket Office at (309) 434-2777. General admission is $20. Student tickets available for $6 (Age 6-21) with valid Student ID. Senior discounts and group discounts are also available. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone, through the ticket office, or at the door the night of the performance.
Amazing Alleluias is sponsored by season sponsor The Landmark Automotive Group, series sponsor Debra & Daniel Brownstone, M.D., concert sponsors HSHS St. John’s Hospital, Kathryn Ransom, and Drs. Gregory Kane & Sandra Yeh.
Joy is the hallmark of soprano Awet Andemicael’s artistry. She has been acclaimed for her “sparkling solo verses” (Opera News), “vivid musical personality” (Boston Globe), “honeyed tone” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “fine comic interplay and […] superb singing” (Washington Times).
Awet is delighted to be making her debut with the ISO. Other performances this season include a concert of Baroque arias with the Orlando Philharmonic and Messiah with the Charleston Symphony.
Awet has sung across the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Highlights include performances with the Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Knights at the Tanglewood Festival and the BRIC (Brooklyn) Festival, in the role of El Trujamán in De Falla’s El Retablo de Maese Pedro.
Awet’s special affinity for eighteenth-century sacred music has been featured in concerts with the Bach Collegium Japan, the Handel and Haydn Society, at Carnegie Hall and the Ravinia and Aldeburgh Festivals, with the Symphonies of Pittsburgh, Nashville, Jacksonville, Richmond, and Memphis. Recent performances include sacred Baroque arias with the Charleston Symphony, Messiah with the Colorado Bach Ensemble and the Charlotte Master Chorale, Mozart’s Requiem with the Charleston Symphony, and the world premiere of Bernard Gilmore’s oratorio “Journey to Freedom.” Awet has also sung at academic conferences and symposia, including events sponsored by the Center of Theological Inquiry (Princeton, NJ), the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (Grand Rapids, MI), Durham University (UK), the Yale Center for British Art, and Duke Divinity School.
In addition to her work as a musician, Awet is a theological scholar, serving most recently as a lecturer at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Divinity School. She has published several articles and book chapters on theological topics, as well as a UNHCR study on artistic activity in refugee camps. Currently a PhD candidate in theology at Yale University, Awet holds degrees from Harvard University, Yale Divinity School and Institute of Sacred Music, UC Irvine, and the University of Notre Dame.
The Illinois Symphony Orchestra (ISO), led by acclaimed Music Director Ken Lam, is central Illinois’ largest professional orchestra serving over 30,000 community members with a budget of approximately $1.3 million. The ISO celebrates its 27th season of exciting performances with concerts in both Springfield and Bloomington/Normal including symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, pops concerts and Concerts for Kids.
The ISO’s commitment to the community is highlighted through its award-winning Music Matters! in-school programs for students in Kindergarten – 6th grade; engaging Concerts for Kids, a favorite of students teachers and parents; and the Around the Town Free Chamber Music Series. Through these programs the ISO brings diverse repertoire and live musical experiences to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
The ISO, founded in 1993, is the consolidation of two well-established organizations: the Springfield Symphony and the Bloomington Normal Symphony. The ISO has won numerous awards including the Illinois Council of Orchestras' awards for Meritorious Service in Outstanding Programming, Community Service, and Community Event of the Year, all in recognition of its service and commitment to the citizens of Illinois. The ISO has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall during the tenure of Conductor Laureate Kenneth Kiesler and has made appearances at the Ravinia Festival, Millennium Park in Chicago and the Illinois State Fair.
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Additional information about the Illinois Symphony Orchestra is available at www.ilsymphony.org.
The ISO is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.