A Chicagoland Holiday Preview

November 29, 2022, 8:00 pm

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Post-Thanksgiving, the winter holiday season officially begins! Grab your calendar and tune in for WFMT’s recommendations for the best choral concerts, a shortlist of chances to experience Handel’s Messiah and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, and annual favorites like A Chanticleer Christmas and CSO’s Merry, Merry Chicago!

Recommended Events:

St. Charles Singers 
Candlelight Carols
December 2—4

William Ferris Chorale
Spiraling Ecstatically
December 2 & 3

Chicago a cappella
Holidays a cappella
Hanukkah a cappella 
December 4—18

A Chanticleer Christmas
December 6 & 7

Bella Voce
Holiday Delights
December 9—10

A Chicago Chorale Christmas
December 10 & 11

Chicago Chamber Choir
A Christmas Carol
December 10 & 11

Newberry Consort and EnsAmble Ad-Hoc
A Mexican Christmas
December 9—11

Christmas with Vox Venti
December 10

Chicago Master Singers
Christus Natus Est
December 10 & 11

The Lira Ensemble
Polish Carols & American, too
December 11 & 18, January 8

Chicago Choral Artists
Emerging Life, Excelling Light
December 17 & 18

Joffrey Ballet
The Nutcracker
December 3—27

Nichols Concert Hall
“Duke It Out!” Nutcracker
December 10

Chicago Symphony Chorus and Orchestra
Merry, Merry Chicago!
December 16—23

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
December 4

Apollo’s Fire
December 9

Apollo Chorus of Chicago
December 10 & 11

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra
December 17

Classical Music Chicago
Do-It-Yourself Messiah
December 18

Rembrandt Chamber Musicians
Holiday Baroque
December 2 & 4

Music of the Baroque
Holiday Brass & Choral Concerts
December 15—18

Civic Orchestra of Chicago
Bach Marathon Finale: Brandenburg Concertos
December 5

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Brandenburg Concertos
December 14

Celtic Woman
A Christmas Symphony
December 11

Music Theater Works
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
December 15—January 1


John Rutter: Donkey Carol
St. Charles Singers; Metropolis Chamber Orchestra; Jeffrey Hunt, conductor

Eric Whitacre: Lux Aurumque
William Ferris Chorale; Paul French, conductor

Chaim Parchi arr. Joshua Jacobson: Aleih Neiri
Chicago a cappella

Veljo Tormis: Jõulud tulevad
Bella Voce; Andrew Lewis, conductor

Gunnar Eriksson: Kristallen den fina
Chicago Chorale; Bruce Tammen, conductor

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Hodie Christus natus est
Chicago Chamber Choir; Christopher Windle, conductor

Gerónimo González: Serenísima una noche
Newberry Consort; EnsAmble Ad-Hoc

Ken Burton: Many Are the Wonders
ORA; Suzi Digby, conductor

Traditional, arr. Sir David Willcox: O Come, All Ye Faithful
Chicago Master Singers; Alan Heatherington, conductor

Traditional Polish: ​Lulajże Jezuniu 
Judith Partipilo Marth, soprano; The Lira Ensemble

Johann Sebastian Bach: “Jauchzet, frohlocket” from Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
Chicago Choral Artists; Michael D. Costello, conductor

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, arr. Stewart Goodyear: March from The Nutcracker
Stewart Goodyear, piano

Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn: Overture and Dance of the Floreadores from The Nutcracker Suite
Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra; Stilian Kirov, conductor

Johann Strauss, Sr: Radetsky March
Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Barenboim. conductor

George Frideric Handel: The Angel’s Announcement from Messiah
Amanda Forsythe, soprano; Apollo’s Fire; Jeannette Sorrell, conductor

G.F. Handel: “Hallelujah!” from Messiah
Apollo Chorus of Chicago; Stephen Alltop, conductor

G.F. Handel: Finale from Concerto Grosso in G Major, Op.6. No. 1
Rembrandt Chamber Musicians

Giovanni Gabrieli: Angelus ad pastores ait
Music of the Baroque; Edward Zelnis, conductor

J. S. Bach: Allegro assai from Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047
David Washburn, piccolo trumpet; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride
Celtic Woman

Irving Berlin: White Christmas
Tanglewood Festival Chorus; Boston Pops Orchestra; John Williams