Coming of age with ‘Timeless Treasures’

The 21st season of the Bach Chamber Choir includes an amalgam of the old and the new—skillfully combined under the direction of Eric A. Johnson. The choir returns to St. James Catholic Church and continues the tradition of a two-concert season with Dec. 5, 2003, and May 15, 2004, performances.

The holiday concert will feature the youthful and exuberant voices of the Boylan High School Concert Choir under the direction of Matthew Erpelding. To assure full access to all young fans of classical choral fare, student ticket prices have been reduced for both the season subscription and single seats.

In a break with tradition, the opening concert will debut on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at St. James Church, 428 N. 2nd St., Rockford. Leading off the local holiday concert season, offerings include familiar melodies, classic carols and modern masterworks.

The choir will be joined at the Saturday, May 15, 2004, concert by the Bach Chamber Orchestra and acclaimed professional soloists. Featured will be two choral masterpieces, J.S. Bach’s incomparable Baroque motet Jesu Meine Freude for double choir and continue followed by Mozart’s Classical masterwork, the C-Minor Mass with soloists, orchestra and double choir.

Dr. Johnson is a native of Rockford, an alumnus of the Kantorei, the Singing Boys of Rockford, and graduate of East High School. He is assistant professor of music and director of Choral Activities at Northern Illinois University. Last year, his Chamber Choir represented the United States at Universitas Cantat 2003, an international choral festival in Poznon, Poland. He is also president-elect of the Illinois-American Choral Directors Association.

For tickets, call the ticket hotline at 633-9096. Season subscriptions for both concerts are $25 for adults and $20 for students; single tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

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