The concert’s over, and so is the orchestra

Chicago’s Ars Viva gave its closing concert on Sunday. Co-founder and  music director Alan Heatherington is heading off to pursue a different vocation, in the Anglican ministry. He provided opportunities for many fine local musicians and will be very widely missed.

Larry Johnson was at the farewell concert, announced at one month’s notice. Read his review here.

Add your memories of Ars Viva and Alan to the Comments section below.


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  • Ars Viva was a fine orchestra which included a number of moonlighting CSO and Lyric Opera players. It was also a good place to hear certain composers that tend to get overlooked by the CSO (Vaughan Williams, for example). I will miss it.

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