The Chicago Water Music

Handel did it on the River Thames in 1717—now we’re the first to do it on the Chicago River in 2024. Enjoy excerpts from Handel’s Water Music plus thrilling choral favorites as Chicago’s towering architecture and watery thoroughfare amplify the composer’s majestic sound. Join us and say you were part of this historic first for our great city.


View highlights from the trial run on Sunday, June 9 (and hear the music we recorded live on the boat!)


This event is free for everyone to enjoy along the Chicago Riverwalk.
View the general route we'll take up and down the river:

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Find out how Handel's "Hallelujah" chorus sounds on the Chicago River Stage


Principal viola Liz Hagen shares her excitement as the journey begins

Photos: Elliot Mandel Photography

Wednesday, September 18, 2024

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