The Elmhurst College Concert Choir has been invited to sing with renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli when he performs in Chicago on Saturday, December 13, as part of his world tour.
The Elmhurst College Concert Choir, an auditioned group of 60 students from a variety of majors who sing traditional and contemporary choral music, will perform nine songs with Bocelli during his concert at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.
“The Elmhurst College Concert Choir is humbled and excited at this opportunity for our students to sing with this world-class artist,” said Susan Moninger, director of student choral activities at Elmhurst College. “This is a great opportunity to share the talent of the Elmhurst College Choir with the world.”
The biggest-selling solo classical artist of all time, Andrea Bocelli has performed for four U.S. presidents, two popes and the royal family, as well as at ceremonies for the Olympic Games and the World Cup. He has sold more than 80 million albums around the world. This past April, Bocelli received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.
The upcoming concert with Bocelli is the latest in a number of high-profile performances for the Concert Choir. Last December, members of the choir performed in A Christmas Carol: The Concert, a nationally televised PBS-WTTW holiday special that marked the first time the Charles Dickens classic had been adapted as a live orchestral concert with a choir and soloists. The television special was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award, and is scheduled to air again on PBS this holiday season.
The Elmhurst College Concert Choir has toured throughout North America, performed with the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra, and recorded the vocal soundtrack for the videogame symphony CD Distant Worlds II: more music from FINAL FANTASY. The Choir also has performed in Prague with the Czech National Symphony, and for Academy Award winner Howard Shore for his Lord of the Rings Symphony.
“You need to be at a very high level of excellence every time you perform, and that leads to the next opportunity,” Moninger said. “My students are very well prepared and we have a very high caliber of student—a talent pool from across the country—attending Elmhurst College.”
For more information about Andrea Bocelli’s upcoming concert in Chicago or to purchase tickets, visit www.andreabocelli.com.