A Chicagoland Holiday Preview

November 29, 2023, 8:00 pm

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Grab your calendar and a warm beverage as WFMT previews select Chicago area performances for the holiday season.

Handel’s Messiah

Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
December 3

Apollo Chorus of Chicago
December 9

Classical Music Chicago: “Do-It-Yourself” Messiah
December 17

Elmhurst Choral Union & Orchestra
December 17

Chicago Symphony Chorus & Orchestra
December 21–23

Choral Events

William Ferris Chorale: I wonder, I wander
December 1

St. Charles Singers: Candlelight Carols
December 1–3

A Chanticleer Christmas
December 5 & 6

Chicago a cappella: Hanukkah a cappella
December 7

Chicago a cappella: Holidays a cappella
December 8-17

Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus: The Big 4-0, ho, ho!
December 8 & 10

Bella Voce: A Ceremony of Carols
December 9 & 10

Chicago Chamber Choir: Carols with the Choir
December 9 & 10

A Chicago Chorale Christmas
December 9 & 10

Chicago Master Singers: Joy to the World
December 9 & 10

Chicago a cappella: Spray Paint ‘N’ Sing
December 15

Chicago Choral Artists: Yearn for Peace
December 16 & 17

Vox Venti: A Ceremony of Carols
December 16

Baroque Music / Early Music

Rembrandt Chamber Musicians: Holiday Baroque
December 1 & 3

Apollo’s Fire: WASSAIL! An Irish-Appalachian Christmas
December 8

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Brandenburg Concertos
December 13

Music of the Baroque: Holiday Brass & Choral Concerts
December 14–17

Newberry Consort: A Latin American Christmas
December 15–17

Orchestral Concerts / Film / Pops

CSO at the Movies: Home Alone in Concert
December 8–10

Chicago City Wide Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Concert
December 9

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra Holiday Festival
December 9

Chicago Sinfonietta: Holidays of Light
December 15

Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Merry, Merry Chicago!
December 16–23

Maya Kherani, soloist in Rockefeller Memorial Chapel’s Messiah sings “Rejoice greatly.”


Thomas Tallis: The Town Lay Hushed

Traditional Jewish (arr. Steve Barnett): S’vivon
Chicago a cappella

Shara Nova: “Resolve” from Carols after a Plague
The Crossing

Reena Esmail: “The Year’s Midnight” from A Winter Breviary
St. Martin’s Voices/Andrew Earis

Benjamin Britten: “Balulalow” from A Ceremony of Carols
Victoria Meteyard, soprano
Camilla Pay, harp
Tenebrae/Nigel Short

O Little Town of Bethlehem (arr. Stephen Paulus)
Stephen Colburn, oboe
Marguerite Lynn Williams, harp
Chicago Master Singers/Alan Heatherington

John Rutter: Angel’s Carol
Erin Freund, harp
St. Charles Singers/Jeffrey Hunt

Rutter: Christmas Night
Chicago Choral Artists/Michael D. Costello

George Frideric Handel (orch. Davis): “There were shepherds abiding in the field…Glory to God in the highest!” from Messiah
Erin Wall, soprano
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir
Toronto Symphony Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis

Handel: “His yoke is easy” from Messiah
Apollo Chorus of Chicago/Stephen Alltop

Antonio Vivaldi: Trio Sonata in C, R. 82
Avi Avital, mandolin
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord
Patrick Sepec, cello

Heinrich Schütz: Sei gegrüsset, Maria
Kimberly McCord, soprano
Joseph Schlesinger, countertenor
Music of the Baroque/William Jon Gray

Johann Sebastian Bach: Allegro from Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Traditional Irish: Sheep Under the Snow
Traditional Irish: Apples in Winter
Traditional Irish: Little Christmas Reel
Traditional English: Blow, Northern Wind
Susanna Perry Gilmore, fiddle
Brian Kay, lute & vocals
Apollo’s Fire/Jeannette Sorrell

Santiago De Murcia (arr.José Luis Posada): Cumbé
EnsAmble Ad-Hoc

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Dance of the Tumblers from The Snow Maiden
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin

Johann Strauss, Jr.: Champagne Polka
Johann Strauss Orchestra/Christopher Warren-Green

Felix Bernard: Winter Wonderland
Ashley Brown, soprano

John Williams: “Somewhere in My Memories” from Home Alone
Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Boston Pops Orchestra/John Williams