Music on Holiday Season Is More Than Just Bing Crosby

With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday classical music scene takes center stage this weekend, opening a four-week flurry of concerts

by area orchestras and choral organizations.

A visiting organization kicks things off at 3 p.m. today at Symphony Center when the Vienna Choir Boys

make their traditional Chicago stop on their annual North American tour.

It coordinates the time of the concert to attract music-lovers visiting State Street and Michigan Avenue for Chicago’s official “first shopping day of

the season” celebration. The Vienna Choir Boys’ repertoire covers holiday favorites from the Renaissance period to contemporary music.


Tickets for this concert are $21-$55. For information, or to order by credit card, call the Symphony Center box office at (312) 294-3000. The box office opens at 10 a.m.

Here are several additional events scheduled for the following two weekends (in chronological order).

We’ll cover the concerts of Dec. 16-23 in next week’s column.

Chicago a cappella: This acclaimed vocal ensemble, formed in 1993, will present four performances of its annual “Holidays a cappella” program

the weekends of Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 11-12 at city and suburban locations. The

program will include Christmas spirituals and Hanukkah songs, along with carols from around the world.

The concerts are at 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at First Presbyterian Church, Michigan Avenue at Delaware Street, Chicago;

7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Community United Methodist Church, 20 N. Center St., Naperville; 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at Nichols

Concert Hall of the Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston; and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., Oak Park.

Salt Creek Sinfonietta:

This organization, the 2004 Illinois Chamber Orchestra of the Year, will hold its annual family Christmas concert is at

7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 524 N. Rush St., Itasca.

The concert, conducted by music director Dan Pasquale Defender, will feature

orchestra, choir, vocal soloists and handbells, and will include an audience sing- along of traditional holiday music.

Tickets for this concert, which is not part of the season subscription series, are $8 for adults and $4 for children. …

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