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May 21 at 7PM -- Bach Treasures
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RARE BACH WORKS TO BE PERFORMED IN EVANSTON
Ars Musica Chicago brings treasures to the suburbs
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2006
Contact: Sidney Friedman, PR director  
773-425-0867 direct (for PR only)
 
Chicago - For the first time in over a decade, the early music specialists of Ars Musica Chicago bring their show to Evanston in a program titled "BACH TREASURES -- Music of Johann Sebastian Bach," featuring two rarely-performed works of Bach plus two well-known Bach pieces on Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 7:00 PM at the historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1509 Ridge Avenue (at Grove) in Evanston, Illinois.  Under the direction of Bach specialist Robert Finster, this event will feature two rarely-heard works, the Missa Brevis in A Major, BWV 234, and the Cantata: Nach dir Herr, verlanget, BWV 150, as well as the renowned Motet: Lobet den Herrn, BWV 230, and the popular Overture [Orchestra Suite] in B Minor, BWV 1067. Performed by the Ars Musica Chicago Chamber Orchestra with the St. Mark's Parish Choir, this concert will also highlight three special guest soloists: soprano Laura Amend, alto H. Roz Woll, and young bass sensation Brian von Rueden.  Tickets are $20 (discounts for students, seniors & St. Mark's members) and are available by calling 312-409-7874 or logging on to ArsMusicaChicago.org
 
Dedicated to "Opening Ears to Forgotten Beauty," Ars Musica Chicago is now in its nineteenth season of presenting mostly forgotten but deserving music of the 12th through 18th centuries. This Bach performance will be the final concert of the 2005-06 season and is appropriately Ars Musica's grandest-scaled event of the year.
 
The guest conductor for BACH TREASURES is Dr. Robert Finster, church musician, choral and orchestral conductor, organist, harpsichordist, and educator.  He is a graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, and received his masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from The Eastman School of Music of The University of Rochester. Post-doctoral studies with the German conductor-musicologists Wilhelm Ehmann and Helmuth Rilling have contributed toward the building of a strong specialty in the choral and instrumental styles of the music of the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries, especially Bach. In 1976 he founded Texas Bach Choir, which, from that time until 1990, was noted in Texas Monthly as "the most vigorous and significant choral organization in the Southwest."  Under his artistic direction the choir toured central Europe in 1985 and again in 1990, and produced a recording of the Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil (Vespers) in 1987.   Since 1990 Finster has worked in Illinois, serving as Parish Musician for St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Evanston, Illinois, and from 1991 until 2004 was also Director of Music and Lecturer in Liturgical Music at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary.  
 
Over the last few years, soprano Laura Amend has accumulated an impressive list of solo engagements with a wide variety of area music organizations, including the Joffrey Ballet, Music of the Baroque, the Elmhurst Choral Union, CUBE, the Suburban Symphony Orchestra, and is a founding member of the Cathedral Singers with whom she has made multiple recordings. From Bach to Brahms to Barber to world premieres to jazz, Ms. Amend is adept at performing many styles and periods of music. She is also a member of the voice faculty of Columbia College Chicago.
 
Alto H. Roz Woll has also become an audience favorite as soloist with many area ensembles, including Ars Musica Chicago, The Oriana Singers, the Trinity Players, Choral Thunder, the Bowen Park Opera, the Chicago Children's Choir, and the Millennium Chamber Players.  Her voice is flexible having soloed in early music works, Baroque pieces, Beethoven, gospel, and modern opera. Ms. Woll is also a conductor having served as the Director of Music at St. Paul & the Redeemer Episcopal Church from 1999 to 2003, and is currently the assistant conductor for the Chicago College of Performing Arts Conservatory Chorus. She is also on the voice faculty of the Steckman Studio of Music in Oak Park, Illinois.
 
Relatively new to Chicago, bass Brian von Rueden is a talent to keep an eye and ear on. He graduated magna cum lauda from Valparaiso University, he spent two years in Dresden, Germany serving as director and teacher for the Technische Universitat and sang with the famous Sachsische Staatsoper. In Chicago, he performed the role of Tchelio in the U.S. premiere of Tom Stoppard's translation of Prokofiev's Love for Three Oranges at the Chicago Cultural Center. And in Italy, Brian played Vuzzachio in the first modern performance of Cimarosa's L'infedelta fedele at the Teatro di Ricomposti. He is currently completing his Master of Music degree from Roosevelt University. Mr. von Rueden is also an actor, a stage director and a costume designer. His costume designs have been seen at various repertory companies and stages in Europe and America since 1998.    
 
BACH TREASURES is dedicated to the memory of Enrique Alberto Arias, the longtime president of Ars Musica Chicago who passed away in 2004.
 
For more information and photos, please contact Sidney Friedman directly at 773-425-0867.  For tickets, please phone 312-409-7874 or log on to ArsMusicaChicago.org
 
 
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Ars Musica Chicago  
P.O. Box A-3279      
Chicago, IL 60690  
phone: 312-409-7874      
www.ArsMusicaChicago.org
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