Batavia Spotlight on Arts: September & OctoberSep 04, 2017 08:30AM ● By Ben Scott
The St. Charles Singers present new installment of “Mozart Journey”
The St. Charles Singers will launch its 34th concert season this fall with a new installment of the professional chamber choir’s “Mozart Journey,” its multiyear project to perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s complete sacred choral music.
The mixed-voice ensemble will present “Mozart Journey XII” at 7:30pm on Sat., Sept. 30, at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles; and at 4pm on Sun., Oct.1, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 397 Fulton St., Elgin.
Single tickets for the “Mozart Journey XII” concert are $35 adult general admission, $30 for seniors 65 and older, and $10 for students. 630-513-5272, stcharlessingers.com
Norris Cultural Arts Center invites community to celebrate its 40th anniversary
The Norris Cultural Arts Center invites the community to join in a celebration of its 40th anniversary on Sat., Sept. 30, at 6pm in the Baker Community Center in downtown St. Charles.
The evening features a unique dinner-theater experience, combined with a professional production of the popular musical play, Forever Plaid, directed by Konnie Kay Sherry and produced by Encore Theatre Productions. The event will also include a raffle, live music, exhibits of art and an open bar.
Funds raised at the event will support the operations of the Norris Cultural Arts Center, a qualified non-profit organization. Seating is limited to 150. Tickets are available online at norris-cultural-arts.ticketleap.com/40th-anniversary-celebration or by calling 630-584-7200. NorrisCulturalArts.com
Million Dollar Quartet opens Paramount Theatre’s 2017-18 season
Paramount Theatre is excited to tune up for its rollicking 2017-18 Broadway Series opener Million Dollar Quartet, the wildly popular rock and roll musical that played more than 2,500 performances in Chicago. Travel back in time to Memphis’s Sun Records recording studio on Dec. 4, 1956, when Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins played together their first and only time and created an explosive album that has yet to be matched.
Previews start Sept. 13, and performances continue through Oct. 29. The Paramount Theatre is located at 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. 630-896-6666, paramountaurora.com.
Orion Ensemble opens 25th season
The Orion Ensemble opens its 25th anniversary season with “A Beautiful Oboe and Friends,” welcoming three guest artists who have joined them in previous seasons: violist Stephen Boe, oboist Alex Klein and bass player Robert Kassinger. Performances include works by Mozart, Prokofiev and Schubert and take place Sept. 24 at First Baptist Church of Geneva-Chapelstreet Church; Sept. 27 at the PianoForte Studios in downtown Chicago; and Oct. 1 at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston.
Single tickets are $26, $23 for seniors and $10 for students; admission is free for children 12 and younger. A four-ticket flexible subscription provides a 10% savings on full-priced tickets. 630-628-9591, orionensemble.org
Handel’s “Sing-Along” Messiah moves to Marmion Abbey
Mark your calendar now to enter the Christmas season joyously by joining in the 7th annual community sing-along of Handel’s Messiah sponsored by the Fox Valley Orchestra and Chorus. This performance will be presented in a new location on Sun., Dec. 17, at 2pm at Marmion Abbey Church, located at 850 Butterfield Rd. The local community and the entire area are invited to participate in singing the choral sections of this famous work that focuses on the Christmas story. All are welcome whether you wish to sing or to listen. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased either online or at the event. More information can be found at foxvalleyorchestra.org.
Waterline Writers begins its 2017–18 season
Waterline Writers is a literary reading event held on the third Sunday of each month from September to May. Starting at 7pm, Waterline features several writers selected by submission, followed by an open mic at 8:30. Come to listen, have a glass of wine, maybe even buy a book!
Waterline holds the event in the art gallery at Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St. Waterline serves beer from Solemn Oath Brewery and wine from Bright Angel Wines, and artisanal meats and cheeses from The Market at Gaetano’s. Wooden Writers will be there to sell fine hand-tooled pens, something every writer should own! Admission is $5 for adults/$3 for students.
For more information about the event, or if you are a writer and want to read, visit WaterlineWriters.org or contact Anne Veague or Kevin Moriarity at email@example.com.