Background

DMA, Northwestern University

Baritone Keven Keys has appeared with orchestras around the Midwest and beyond, performing the Fauré Requiem with the Grant Park Orchestra, Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Kalamazoo Bach Festival, Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 8 with the Colorado Mahlerfest.  He has performed numerous times with both the Peninsula Music Festival and Chicago’s Music of the Baroque. 

Recent appearances have included Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony with the Northwestern Symphony Orchestra, the title role of Mendelsohn’s Elijah at the Music Institute of Chicago, Dr. Dulcamara in The Elixir of Love with the Salt Creek Chamber Orchestra, and Jesus in Bach’s St John Passion with the Bach Cantata Vespers.  Upcoming performances include Vaughn Williams’ A Sea Symphony with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Easter portion of Handel’s Messiah at the First Presbyterian Church of Libertyville.

Keven Keys’ concert repertoire includes J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, St John and St Matthew Passions, the Duruflé Requiem, and Mahler’s Rückert Lieder with groups including the Orion Ensemble, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Waukegan Symphony Orchestra, Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra and Northeastern Illinois University Orchestra.