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The Voice! A Celebration in Song

Sunday, January 13 at 4 p.m.

Quite simply, this will be an afternoon to revel in the beauty and power of the Voice. In a program that spans the operatic and musical theatre repertoire, four world-class singers will perform songs, arias and ensembles from your favorite operas and Tony award winning musicals. From The Barber of Seville to West Side Story and everything in between! Seduction, jealousy, humor, and the triumph of love.  

Bringing this music to life are Rachel Holzhausen (soprano), Yvette Smith (mezzo soprano), John Concepcion (tenor), and Michael Cavalieri (baritone). If you’re looking to lose the mid-winter blues, spend an afternoon up close with some glorious Voices! 

Viennese pastries and coffee will be offered during this intimate performance on The Center's stage.  







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Governors State University
1 University Parkway, University Park, Illinois 60484-0975

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November 2012



Thanksgiving Musical Celebration
11/18/2012 - 2:00 P.M. CT

First Church of Christ, Scientist Elmhurst is sponsoring a Thanksgiving musical event presenting the talents of 5 musicians performing classical and contemporary pieces. The music will be appreciated by individuals of every age!

First Church of Christ, Scientist
271 S. Prospect
Elmhurst, IL 60126

September 2012

Come and hear some of your favorite Opera and Musical Theater highlights in a free concert, sung by members of the Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus.

Rachael will be performing : Caro Nome (Rigoletto), Quando men vo (La Boheme), and Mister Snow (Carousel).

Sunday, September 2nd at 3pm

St. John the Evangelist Church

10701 Olcott Ave. St. John, IN 46373


Summer 2012

This summer, Rachael will be singing the role of Oscar in Union Ave's production of Un Ballo in Maschera

This summer, Rachael will be singing the role of Oscar in Union Ave's production of Un Ballo in Maschera.  This is her first production with Union Ave, and she looks forward to getting to know St. Louis, and learning this new role! More information can be found here: http://unionavenueopera.org/


Ballo in Maschera
JUNE 29, 30, JULY 6, 7


On Sale Now!

2012 Tickets Available

Tickets for Union Avenue Opera’s 18th Festival Season are currently available and may be purchased online or by calling the box office at 314.361.2881.


June 2012

The sixth season of Opera at the Acorn begins with “Opera Gala”, led by audience favorite, tenor John Concepcion. The evening will be filled with great opera scenes and arias sung by John and his hand-picked consort of great voices from the Lyric Opera.


107 Generations Dr.

Three Oaks, MI



Date: Sat, Jun 2, 2012

Start Time:8:00 pm

End Time: 11:00 pm

Price: $25.00

Acorn Theater

March 2012


Rachael will be joining Grande Prairie Choral Arts as the soprano soloist in their performance of Schubert's Mass in G

Rachael will be joining Grande Prairie Choral Arts as the soprano soloist in their performance of Schubert's Mass in G. More information below:


The Romantics

Sunday, March 4, 2012

4:00 p.m.


Flossmoor Community Church

2218 Hutchison Road

Flossmoor, IL 60422


We embark on a romantic journey with Franz Schubert's "Mass in G; " simply a small musical gem! Then we'll sing intimate works of Schubert, Grieg, Mendelssohn and Beethoven, showcasing the Grande Prairie Men's choir in the style of the Men's choirs of Germany. The women of Grande Prairie will take their turn singing "Lift Thine Eyes" from Mendelssohn's "Elijah" and women's choir treasures by Brahms. This is choral singing at its best!


June 2011

Rachael will perform the role of Frasquita in the Green Mountain Opera Festival's production of Bizet's Carmen
Where: Barre Opera House, Barre, VT
When: Fri. June 17, 2011 (7:30pm), Sun. June 19, 2011 (3pm)
More Info: Green Mountain Opera Festival

The Green Mountain Opera Festival, now in its 6th year, is truly a unique gem of a festival based in the Mad River Valley (Central Vermont). It has built a reputation such that now it is considered one of New England's premier opera producers.

Sponsored by the Green Mountain Cultural Center [non-profit 501(c)(3)], the festival presents professional quality opera productions at the historic Barre Opera House and several other venues in the Mad River Valley and beyond. Audience members are warm and extremely enthusiastic including visitors from Montreal, Boston, New York and New Hampshire as well as people from the entire state of Vermont.

Our mission is to enrich the cultural scene of Central Vermont by consistently presenting high quality professional opera productions and concerts. The GMOF also firmly believes in working with Vermont's vast artistic community.

Every year this festival grows stronger and stronger. We are proud to now be a professional company member of Opera America. The main reason for the festival's success is directly linked to the very strong support from its community. A huge thank you goes to all dedicated volunteers and generous donors.

Spanning almost the entire month of June, festival activities include an Emerging Artist Program, free open rehearsals, various concerts both operatic and broadway style, free master classes with renown opera stars and of course a fully staged, costumed opera production accompanied by the Green Mountain Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

December 2010

A Season Of

… New places and familiar faces, … Masterworks and Master classes,
… A taste of wine and a toast to the future … Of music in the grande tradition!

Grande Prairie Singers

 Jo Rodenburg, Artistic Director

The Grande Prairie Singers have been making beautiful choral music available in the Chicago Southland for over a quarter of a century. Beginning in 1977 as the Park Forest Singers, they have grown to include the finest voices from 28 suburbs and villages. Our members come from all walks of life and range in age from 17 to 80!
Christmas through the Ages

Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 4 p.m.

Faith United Protestant Church,

10 Hemlock, Park Forest, IL

Join us as we share a festive musical ringing-in of the holiday season featuring Vivaldi’s timeless and

ethereal “Gloria” with chamber orchestra and soloists, as well as carols and songs of

the season from the 13th century to today, including some of the Grande Prairie Singers’

signature holiday choral offerings!


Tickets are available by calling 708.481.8684. Ticket Prices: Family: $50.00; Individual $20.00; Student $10.00 . Advance single concert ticket discount: $18.00


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November 2010

Thanksgiving Musical Celebration - Three coloratura sopranos and a Panamanian
Date and Time: November 14, 2010 at 4 pm
Where: Elmhurst Christian Science Church


August 2010

During Ravinia's summer music festival, I will be singing with Chicago Symphony Chorus, concert versions of Mozart's operas Cosi Fan Tutti, and The Marriage of Figaro in celebration of Maestro James Conlon's 60th birthday.

Thursday, August 5th, at 7pm Cosi Fan Tutte
Friday, August 6th at 7pm The Marriage of Figaro
Saturday, August 7th at 1pm Cosi Fan Tutte
Sunday, August 8th at 1pm The Marriage of Figaro

For tickets and more information:

In 2008 James Conlon led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra into the Martin Theatre for two intimate concert productions of the Mozart operas Don Giovanni and The Abduction from the Seraglio. Instant sell-outs, the shows had staying power on the minds and hearts of all who saw them.

Now the magic’s back, as Conlon and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus return to the Martin Theatre with a collection of brilliant soloists—including the legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade; Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, who wowed Ravinia audiences last year as Don Giovanni; Ana Maria Martinez, who commanded the Ravinia gala stage with Placido Domingo; and Nathan Gunn (recipient of the first annual Beverly Sills Artist Award and the Pittsburgh Opera Renaissance Award, he was recently named one of the “sexiest men alive” by People magazine)—in two of the composer’s most popular comedies, with librettos by Lorenzo Da Ponte: Cosí fan tutte and The Marriage of Figaro, each presented for one night and one matinee only.

Mozart really swings in Così, a comedy about fiancée-swapping filled with the kind of devilish bets, mistaken identities and double crosses found in the best of Shakespeare’s romps.

“Gotcha” TV shows like Jerry Springer and Maury Povich have nothing on The Marriage of Figaro, the sex comedy ranked by most opera lovers as one of Mozart’s finest works. Suspicious husbands and wronged wives do more than point fingers and wag tongues; they deliver some of the greatest arias in opera history.


July 2010

I will be in the ensemble for Music By The Lake's production of La Traviata in Lake Geneva, WI on Saturday, July 24th at 7:30pm, and Sunday, July 25th at 4pm.

For tickets and more information:

The operatic classic, "La Traviata" by Giuseppe Verdi, sung in Italian with supertitles, will feature some of the nation's finest emerging young professionals. Led by Executive Director, Christine Flasch, the great Italian masterpiece, based on the Alexander Dumas novel "The Lady of the Camellias," tells the tale of a conflicted worldly courtesan forced to give up the man of her dreams, in a story of family strife, blighted love and redeeming sacrifice. One of the most popular and accessible operas of all time, "La Traviata" is set to an emotional and melodious score, and features the Music by the Lake Festival Orchestra and Chorus.


June 2010

Tomorrow River Opera presents

Rachael Crim as Gretel
Sara Litchfield as Hansel
Yvette Smith as Gertrude, their Mother
Philip Sokolov as Peter, their Father
Linden Christ as the Dew Fairy and Sandman
Marie Sokolova as the Witch

Saturday, June 5th 2010
3pm Matinee performance
7pm Evening performance

Adults $25
Children 12 and under- $10

Make a reservation now!
(773) 355-9782
Visa and Mastercard accepted

August 2009

The 2009 Sugar Creek Symphony & Song Young artists present The Tender Land
by Aaron Copland

The isolated world of The Tender Land tells the story of a 1930’s mid-Western family, and centers around the graduation of its elder daughter, Laurie, who is unsure of her place in the world. The placid rural life that the Moss family has known is invaded by the threat and the presence of two outsiders, Martin and Top, who awaken in Laurie dreams of a life beyond the fences of the family farm.

The strangers, suspected to be the cause of recent trouble in the area, are hired by the Moss family as itinerant harvesters, and, at Laurie’s graduation party, Martin kisses Laurie. Grandpa Moss discovers this, and, although the sheriff reports that the troublemakers--not Martin and Top--have been caught, Grandpa Moss intends to send the boys away the next morning.

Martin and Laurie secretly plan to elope at daybreak, but Martin, convinced by Top that marriage would be a mistake, panics. The plot thickens....Will Martin follow his heart and marry Laurie or give in to his fears about adult life? Could Laurie ever hope to leave the bosom of her family? Could the Moss family ever bear to let her go? All will be revealed in Aaron Copland’s iconic tale of life, love, challenges and childhood when the 2009 Sugar Creek Young Artists present their production of The Tender Land with piano accompaniment. Tickets from $40 to $35. Special student price of $15, student I.D. required (high school or college). Young Artists are selected to be part of a three week training session and perform in the chorus of Pagliacci and their own opera production.

Cast / Where's Watseka?

Tickets: $40-$35
Special discount of $10 off per ticket when you buy a Pagliacci ticket!

Performance Time:
Sun., Aug. 9, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

The Glenn Raymond Auditorium
101 Mulberry Street
Watseka, Illinois

April 2009

Big Ben
Kraft Foods Family Matinee Series
"Big" Ben's Odyssey

Saturday, April 25, 2009, 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 25, 2009, 12:45 p.m.

Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Duain Wolfe, conductor
Trinity Academy of Irish Dance, guest artists
Rachael Crim, soprano
Andrew Keltz, actor

Chicago Symphony Chorus Director and Conductor Duain Wolfe brings us the story of "Big" Ben, a young man lost in the British Isles who embarks on an odyssey in search of his home, encountering lots of musical adventures along the way. He begins in Ireland, crosses the Irish Sea, passing the Hebrides Islands en route to Scotland, and finally makes his way through England to London. When he hears the magnificent bells at Westminster, he realizes that he has found his way home to the clock that bears his name!

FREE family activities start one hour before each performance! Come early for more family fun!

More information/purchase tickets »

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December 2008

Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe, conductor
Midwest Young Artists Voices Rising
Gary Fry, director

Make your plans now for Christmas in Chicago! An annual tradition for Chicagoland families for the last 14 years, this full-length concert is filled with the musical joys of the Yuletide season. Surrounded by the warm glow of festive decorations, you'll enjoy Orchestra Hall's very own Christmas song "Christmas in Chicago," an audience sing-along of your favorite holiday tunes, plus dancing, musical surprises and a visit from the North Pole's most famous resident!

Sunday, December 14, 2008, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 14, 2008, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, December 19, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 20, 2008, 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 21, 2008, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 21, 2008, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 4:30 p.m.

December 2008

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