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Chicago Symphony Chorus

The Chicago Symphony Chorus is among the best choruses attached to a world-class symphony orchestra. It was established in 1957, when the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Fritz Reiner, engaged Margaret Hillis to develop a permanent chorus of a quality fit to partner the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at its concerts. Hillis already had a record of achievement: she was a junior golf champion and a civilian flying instructor for the U.S. Navy during World War II. She studied music at Indiana University and the Juilliard School (she had been a tuba and string bass player in her high school band), became assistant to America's leading choral conductor, Robert Shaw, and was conductor of the chorus of the American Opera Society in New York. She quickly fulfilled the mission given her by Reiner, developing one of the world's greatest choral groups.

Recordings of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with its chorus have won a number of Grammy Awards. It also appears with visiting symphony orchestras when they wish to perform a choral/orchestral work. The chorus also tours with the orchestra and has been critically acclaimed for its performances in Europe, which include Berlioz's Damnation of Faust, Schoenberg's Moses und Aron, and Brahms' Requiem.

In 1994 Duain Wolfe succeeded Hillis as the chorus' director. He originated the orchestra and chorus' popular Welcome Yule! Christmas concert programs.
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Track List: Essential Opera

Composer: Georges Bizet
Title: Carmen, Opera

1. Carmen, Opera: Prelude

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Tosca, Opera

2. Tosca, Opera: I. Vissi D'arte, Vissi D'amore

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: Il Trovatore, Opera

3. Il Trovatore, Opera: I. Vedi! Le Fosche Notturne Spoglie

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: La Bohème, Opera

4. La Bohème, Opera: I. Che Gelida Manina!

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Le Nozze Di Figaro (The Marriage Of Figaro), Opera, K. 492

5. Le Nozze Di Figaro (The Marriage Of Figaro), Opera, K. 492: Voi Che Sapete Che Cosa E Amor

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: Rigoletto, Opera

6. Rigoletto, Opera: Act Three: Bella Figlia Dell'amore

Title: Nabucco, Opera (Nabucodonosor)

7. Nabucco, Opera (Nabucodonosor): Viva Nabucco!

Composer: Georges Bizet
Title: Carmen, Opera

8. Carmen, Opera: La Fleur Que Tu M'avais Jetée

Composer: Alfredo Catalani
Title: La Wally, Opera (Dramma Musicale) In 4 Acts

9. La Wally, Opera (Dramma Musicale) In 4 Acts: Ebben? Ne Andro Lontana

Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Title: Il Barbière Di Siviglia (The Barber Of Seville), Opera

10. Il Barbière Di Siviglia (The Barber Of Seville), Opera: II. Largo Al Factotum

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Title: Aida, Opera

11. Aida, Opera: Gloria All'Egitto, Ad Iside

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Gianni Schicchi, Opera

12. Gianni Schicchi, Opera: O Mio Babbino Caro

Title: Turandot, Opera

13. Turandot, Opera: Nessun Dorma

Composer: Jacques Offenbach
Title: Les Contes D'hoffmann, Opera In 4 Acts

14. Les Contes D'hoffmann, Opera In 4 Acts: Belle Nuit, Ô Nuit D'amour

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), Opera

15. Madama Butterfly (Madame Butterfly), Opera: Un Bel Di Vedremo

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Title: Don Giovanni, Opera, K. 527

16. Don Giovanni, Opera, K. 527: II. Finch'han Dal Vino

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Manon Lescaut, Opera

17. Manon Lescaut, Opera: Donna Non Vidi Mai

Composer: Pietro Mascagni
Title: Cavalleria Rusticana, Opera (Melodramma) In 1 Act

18. Cavalleria Rusticana, Opera (Melodramma) In 1 Act: Intermezzo Sinfonico

Composer: Giacomo Puccini
Title: Turandot, Opera

19. Turandot, Opera: Non Piangere, Liu!

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Track List: Handel: Messiah

Disc 1
Title: Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56

1. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: I. Symphony

2. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: II. Comfort Ye My People

3. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: III. And The Glory Of The Lord

4. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: IV. Thus Saith The Lord Of Hosts

5. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: V. And He Shall Purify

6. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: VI. Behold The Virgin Shall Conceive - O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings To Zion

7. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: VII. For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover - The People That Walked in Darkness

8. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: VIII. For Unto Us A Child Is Born

9. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: IX. Pifa (Pastoral Symphony)

10. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: X. There Were Shepherds Abiding In The Field - Glory to God

11. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: XI. Rejoice Greatly, O Daughter Of Zion

12. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: XII. Then Shall The Eyes Of The Blind Be Opened - He Shall Feed His Flock

13. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: XIII. His Yoke Is Easy

14. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: XIV. Behold The Lamb Of God

15. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: XV. He Was Despised - Surely He Hath Borne

Disc 2

1. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: XVI. And With His Stripes We Are Healed - All We Like Sheep

2. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: XVII. All They That See Him, Laugh Him To Scorn - He Trusted

3. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: XVIII. Thy Rebuke Hath Broken His Heart - But Thou Didst Not Leave

4. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: XIX. Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates - Unto Which...Chorus

5. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: XX. Thou Art Gone Up On High

6. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: XXI. The Lord Gave The Word

7. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: XXII. How Beautiful Are The Feet - Chorus: Their Sound

8. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: Why Do The Nations Rage - Thou Shalt Break Them

9. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: XXIV. Hallelujah!

10. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: XXV. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth

11. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: XXVI. Since By Man Came Death

12. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: XXVII. Behold, I Tell You A Mystery - The Trumpet Shall Sounds

13. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: XXVIII. Then Shall Be Brought To Pass - Duet: O Death Where is Thy Sting - Chorus: But Thanks Be To God

14. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: XXIX. If God Is For Us (Who Can Be Against Us)

15. Messiah, Oratorio, Hwv 56: XXX. Worthy Is The Lamb That Was Slain - Blessing and Honour

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