Founded in 2003, Camerata Chicago is a chamber orchestra Camerata Chicagoequally at home in intimate settings as well as in larger chamber music venues, performing the rich tapestry of diverse chamber orchestral repertoire that includes newly commissioned works.
Camerata Chicago is now firmly established as one of the finest chamber orchestras on the world stage and has performed frequently on WFMT radio station.
It has performed in well-known concert venues such as the Art Institute of Chicago, The Harris Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, Northeastern Illinois University, St. James Cathedral, North Park University, College Church, and St. Michael's Catholic Church, Wheaton.
Within a year of it's debut the ensemble won a record contract with Centaur Records to record music by Stamitz. This album enjoys air time on all the nation's classical music stations and international distribution.
The orchestra has enjoyed collaborating with distinguished artists such as the violinist Caroline Goulding, cellist Wendy Warner, violinist Susanne Hou, cellist Joshua Roman and radio presenter Peter Van De Graaf.
Camerata Chicago has had a particularly close relationship with the Internationally acclaimed Vermeer String Quartet, collaborating with the quartet's leader Shmuel Ashkenasi who performed and recorded the 5th violin concerto of Mozart. Mr. Ashkenasi subsequently became Artistic Advisor to the orchestra in 2006.
In 2008 Mathias Tacke, second violinist of the Vermeer quartet was appointedMathias Tacke concertmaster and since then has performed and recorded well known Bach concerti with Camerata Chicago. Vermeer cellist Marc Johnson performed Haydn's D major Cello Concerto in 2008. In 2013 Camerata Chicago, under the leadership of Maestro Drostan Hall will undertake a major European tour to include major musical capitals. Internationally acclaimed cellist Wendy Warner, a Chicagoan, will accompany Camerata Chicago as soloist.
Enjoy this fabulous educational recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons brilliantly performed by seventeen year old violinist Amelia Piscitelli and Camerata Chicago conducted by Drostan Hall.
This Double CD set is replete with poetry written by Vivaldi himself and incorporates more than twenty musical examples of seasonal elements and characters cleverly depicted in the music - all beautifully narrated by Steve Robinson of WFMT radio station fame.
Disc 1: Narrator Steve Robinson guides you through this iconic work, season by season, movement by movement, with explanations, musical examples, Vivaldi's poetry and the music itself.
Disc 2: Complete recording of the four violin concerti comprising The Four Seasons - Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter - each of which has three movements.
"For children and adults alike, this recording is a wonderful exploration into Vivaldi's Four Seasons. The performance is first class from young violinist, Amelia Piscitelli and Camerata Chicago, led by Drostan Hall, while the narrative from Steve Robinson is highly informative and expertly delivered. I give this recording my highest recommendation." - Lady Valerie Solti