Fantastic Events

The 2014-2015 Season

For more than forty years the Ferris Chorale has thrilled audiences in its hometown Chicago, across the country and around the world. Our concert tours have taken us to prestigious international music festivals and our internationally broadcast recordings have brought the joy of our music making to hundreds of thousands of listeners. In keeping with this long standing tradition, the three subscription series features American premiers of accessible and adventurous music by South African composer Jean Joubert, and the early twentieth century Italians Bonaventura Somma and Ildebrando Pizetti.

All in all, this 43rd season is truly Fantastic and, as always, full of variety and splendid melody.



December   7, 2014 / 2:30 PM
Madonna Della Strada Chapel / Loyola University  
December 13, 2014 / 7:30 PM
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church / Chicago (Lakeview)
December 14, 2014 / 3:00 PM
Emmanuel Episcopal Church / LaGrange

Your holiday season will not be complete without the Chorale's Christmas concert. In addition to delightful carol arrangements and festive polyphony, this year's new discovery is the American premiere of South African composer John Joubert's thrilling Five Songs of Incarnation.

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February 28, 2015 / 7:30 PM Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church / Chicago (Lakeview)
March 1, 2015 / 3:00 PM Emmanuel Episcopal Church / LaGrange

Two requiems from post-World War One Italy: The American Premier of Bonaventura Somma's Missa pro Defunctis, and the Chicago premiere of Ildebrando Pizetti's Messa di Requiem. A lush harmonic palette reminiscent of Puccini and Respighi delivers an impact both powerful and immediate.


CANCIONES de GUITARRA: Music for Guitar and Voices

April 11, 2015 / 7:30 PM Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church / Chicago (Lakeview)

Dynamic, young classical guitarist You Wang joins the Chorale for the season's final concert. The centerpiece of this contemporay Cuban and Spanish romp is Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's impassioned Romancero Gitano. You'll be dancing the tango all the way home!




Celebrate Our Return to Lakeview with a Free Subscriber Gift Card

After an absence of four years, the Chorale will return to sing concerts at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Lakeview. To help celebrate this return, our friends at Jack’s On Halsted (right at the corner of Belmont and Halsted, just steps from the church’s free parking lot) will give each subscriber a $20 gift card. You can use the card before or after the concert or at any time. It doesn’t get better – the William Ferris Chorale, beautiful music and delicious food!   SUBSCRIBE NOW

Chorale Board names Alyssa Bennett Managing Director. (See About the Chorale)

Read Wynne Delacoma’s retrospective article on the Chorale's 40th Anniversary.

Audio Clips

Toward the Unknown Region
Highlights of 35 magnificent seasons.

Christ is Risen, Truly Risen
Mystical and moving music by the Trappist monk Chrysogonus Waddell. Sample clip: Easter Gospel Acclamation.

Hear audio clips from more of our CD recordings.

University Names Chorale Artist-in-Residence

Loyola University Chicago logoThe William Ferris Chorale has been named Artist-in-Residence at Loyola University Chicago. We are proud to be a part of the Loyola family!

Latest Recording

American Choral PremieresAmerican Choral Premieres
Sacred and spiritual works by nine contemporary composers including Paul French, Alan Hovhaness, Paul Nicholson, William Ferris and George Rochberg. Buy CD and more info button