Saturday, April 12, 2014

CBASO & Chorus perform Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture (version with chorus!), and more

COMING UP NEXT: a very special opportunity to hear Tchaikovsky's famed "1812" OVERTURE in the version with chorus! (Plus cannon sounds and church bells, of course...) Also featuring the Beethoven CHORAL FANTASY (with pianist Neil Posner and winners of The American Prize Chicago Oratorio Award) and PDQ BACH's "Unbegun Symphony." Music by Verdi and Berlioz, too. A very happy concert!

Coming to St James Cathedral Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Click for tickets!

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Here are some iphone shots of the CBA Chorus from the terrific combined concert they presented with the New York Bar Chorus at the New York Bar Association Building on 44th Street in NYC last evening (March 28, 2014.) It was standing room only, whistles and cheers for a special evening of musical collaboration.

CBA Echo Chorus

CBA Chorus in performance.

Percussion provided by Home Depot. (That's the top of Janet E's head.)      

Rebecca Patterson looking very happy.

Call her "Becky Claves"

Conductors back-to-back. Rebecca Patterson and Kathryn Schneider (of the NY Bar Chorus)

Conductors face-to-face. David Katz (CBA Symphony) and CBASO assistant conductor Michael Poulos, both there to see the show. (Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg looks down from the wall.)

Friday, March 14, 2014

The CBA CHORUS tours to NYC later this month!

Big Apple Razzle Dazzle: New York City Bar Chorus and Chicago Bar Association Chorus Joint Concert MARCH 28, 2014 in New York City.

More information is available at and on Facebook at

Here's the flier:

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

CALL FOR SOLOISTS: Sing BEETHOVEN's CHORAL FANTASY in Chicago—Four $500 contracts

CHICAGO ORATORIO AWARD—deadline approaching February 25th.

Four $500 prizes, one each for soprano, mezzo-soprano (alto), tenor, baritone (bass), will be awarded as performance fees to soloists selected to appear under the baton of Maestro David Katz in concert with the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, performing the solo portions of  Beethoven's Choral Fantasy and the Quartet from Verdi's Rigoletto on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at St James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago. (Dress rehearsal Tuesday evening, May 20, 2014, same location.)

This additional opportunity is offered as part of The American Prize in Vocal Performance Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards national competition and is open to 2014 applicants in the professional and college/university categories, only.

Each winner will receive a $500 all-inclusive fee (no additional housing, travel or per diem), payment to be made on the day of the performance. Although the Chicago Oratorio Award is an additional contest open to all professional and college/university applicants for The American Prize in Vocal Performance, 2014, it is geared primarily to those who live within comfortable travel distance of Chicago and/or who can make their own housing/travel arrangements.

Complete information, application forms and requirements:

Automatic postmark deadline extensions to Monday, February 25, 2014 are available to those email by that date with their intention to apply:

Vocal scores to the Beethoven and Verdi may downloaded here:
(see link, middle of the page)


Sunday, January 19, 2014

TICKETS on SALE NOW for our next concert!

Please join us for our next concert, Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 7:30 pm at St James Cathedral. Called HALF & HALF, the program will feature the CBA Chorus in music they perform on tour in March in New York City with the NY Bar Chorus, plus the CBA Symphony in beloved masterworks by Berlioz and Brahms.


Sunday, September 29, 2013


Our concert of the music of Benjamin Britten this November has attracted notice on the website for the Britten Centennial. Here's the screenshot. The website includes a great deal of interesting information about the composer, as well as an exhaustive listing of celebratory performances this year and next throughout the world.

Tickets to our GREAT BRITTEN concert may be purchased from any chorus or orchestra member and will be available for purchase online shortly.