USO Halloween Concert
Each year USO Director Barbara Schubert brings together the University Symphony Orchestra and Hyde Park School of Dance for a haunted but harmonious concert to celebrate Halloween. Enhanced by costumes, storytelling, and special effects – including a distinctive, thematic entrance by the costumed conductor – this family-friendly concert includes great orchestral masterpieces, unusual treasures of the repertoire, and even an occasional pops medley! Themes of recent Halloween concerts include “Dangerous Women,” “Cosmic Adventures,” “1001 Arabian Nights,” and “Witches of Yore," among others. This family-friendly event’s two performances always fill up, so plan on showing up early—and in costume!
The theme of the 2013 USO Halloween concert is "Day of the Dead."
Annual Messiah Performance
The annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, as performed by the combined University of Chicago choirs, is a beloved Hyde Park holiday tradition. A masterpiece replete with poignant arias and exuberant choruses, Messiah is a musical celebration of Christ’s birth and divinity, and an oratorio of resounding vocal beauty and grace. Presented in the magnificent acoustic of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, this annual program marks a lovely way to begin the winter season.
The 2013 Messiah performance will take place on December 6 & 8.
Annual Gilbert & Sullivan Production
The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company and the Department of Music join together each spring to showcase the legendary musicality and wit of William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan. Presenting fully-staged productions in Hyde Park since 1960, the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company is devoted to the promotion and performance of the musical arts through the presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s delightful operatic oeuvre. Featuring the Department’s own Chamber Orchestra as the pit orchestra, recent productions have included The Mikado, The Sorcerer, The Gondoliers, and The Pirates of Penzance. The 2014 production of H.M.S. Pinafore will be presented March 14-16, 2014 in Mandel Hall.
Cathy Heifetz Memorial Concert
This capstone event of the Department of Music’s performance calendar is always grand in scope, and thrilling both for performers and for listeners. Featuring the 100-member University Symphony and the combined voices of the University Chorus and Motet Choir, all packed onto the Mandel Hall stage, the program features a major choral work such as Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, or Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast. The 2014 Cathy Heifetz Memorial Concert will be presented on Saturday, May 31 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, June 1 at 3:00 pm. Special guests and repertoire will be announced in the spring.