Chicago Choral Artists presents

A Candlelight Christmas

Saturday, December 3rd @ 7:30 pm

Christ Church

784 Sheridan Road, Winnetka


Sunday December 4th @ 4:00 pm

Grace Lutheran Church

7300 Division Street, River Forest


Saturday, December 10th @ 7:30 pm

St. Sylvester Catholic Church

2157 N. Humboldt Blvd., Chicago

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West Suburban Symphony presents MERRY

Sunday, December 11th @ 3:30 pm

A HOLIDAY CONCERT FOR ALL AGES   This festive performance is the perfect way for the entire family to embrace the spirit of the season:   Favorite selections from Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet… Three popular pieces written by Paul O’Neill for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Christmas Eve/Sarejevo 12/24 (based on God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman and Carol of the Bells), Wizards in Winter, and Dreams of Fireflies… Leroy Anderson’s joyous Christmas Festival and other medleys of traditional carols… Chip Davis’s ethereal Stille Nacht as performed by Mannheim Steamroller… and a visit from a jolly old elf in red bearing treats for the children. Listen to the Nutcracker overture here!


Presented at Hinsdale Central High School, 55th & Grant Streets, Hinsdale

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Kate Carter, Louise Chan, & Andy Hudson in:

American Ingenuity

Friday, December 16 @ 6:00 pm

PianoForte Studios

1335 S. Michigan Avenue



Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1943) by Aaron Copland (20’)

  1. Andante semplice - Allegro

  2. Lento

  3. Allegretto giusto


Variations and Capriccio (1948) by Norman Dello Joio (16’)


Road Movies (1995) by John Adams (15’)

  1. Relaxed Groove

  2. Contemplative

  3. 40% Swing


Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano (1993) by William Bolcom (15’)

  1. Twist of Fate

  2. Mazurka

  3. Apotheosis of J.V.

  4. Dithyramb



Violinist Kate Carter made her Carnegie Hall solo debut in February of 2014. She has frequently appeared as soloist with the Elmhurst Symphony, where she serves as Associate Concertmaster. She has performed internationally as a member of Camerata Chicago and with the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland. An avid chamber musician, she has performed in venues throughout Chicago including the Chicago Cultural Center’s Sunday Salon Series, Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Music Series, Sounds of the South Loop, David Adler Music and Arts Center, and many others. She frequently performs in recital with pianist Louise Chan, with whom she recently appeared on the Dame Myra Hess series, broadcast live on WFMT. She has recorded as an ensemble member of Camerata for Cedille Records, as well as with Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and the Ensemble Nouvelle Epoque. 

A California native, Kate fondly considers Chicago her adopted hometown. Kate’s musical education spans from the Eastman School of Music in New York to Northwestern University in Chicago, where she earned the Doctorate of Music in Violin Performance. She is currently on the artist/teaching faculties of Lake Forest College and the Merit School of Music, and she writes a blog about performance psychology at


Pianist Louise Chan, a native of Ottawa, Canada, has performed as a solo and chamber musician for audiences in the United States, Canada, and France, including venues such as Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Weill Hall in New York, and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. She is a past winner of the Canadian Music Competition, and has appeared as a soloist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Northwestern Summer Orchestra. Her performances have been broadcast live on CBC Radio in Ottawa and WFMT in Chicago. She has been featured in chamber and orchestral performances with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the New World Symphony, and was an Orchestral Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival for four summers. Most recently, she was a pianist at the Castleman Quartet Program.

Dr. Chan holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University, as well as an Associate diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her dissertation, A Guide to the Orchestral Piano Repertoire, is an annotated bibliography of orchestral works with keyboard parts; she presented her work on this topic at the MTNA National Convention in New York City. Having formerly held a tenured position as the principal pianist of the Madison Symphony Orchestra, she currently makes her home in Chicago, where she is a faculty member at the Music Institute of Chicago and also serves as a collaborative pianist at Northwestern University.


Andy Hudson is a clarinetist and multi-instrumentalist whose performances have been hailed as “a treat for the listener” (IAWM Journal) and praised for “an uncommon singularity of purpose, technical virtuosity, youthful vigor and a mature sensitivity” (The Clarinet). Based in the Chicago area and active nationally, he has performed at the International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest, the World Congress of the International Alliance for Women in Music, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, the Music Teachers National Association Conference, the Music Institute of Chicago, and regional gatherings of the College Music Society, the Buffet-Crampon/Vandoren Clarinet Ensemble Festival, the North American Saxophone Alliance, and the Georgia Music Educators Association. He was the top prize winner of the 2008 MTNA National Senior Woodwind Competition, and has also been a winner of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival Concerto Competition, the MTNA Southern Chamber Music Competition, and both the Columbus State University and Northwestern University Concerto Competitions. A fierce advocate for new music, Andy has premiered and commissioned dozens of works to date and has performed on Chicago’s “” new music series. He is especially interested in educating fresh audiences about contemporary music and collaborating with composers to create exciting new works for clarinet. Several of Andy's performances have been broadcast on WFMT Chicago, and he is a frequent concerto soloist. Andy performs with the 10th & Broadway Clarinet Quartet and F-PLUS, and is presently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Northwestern University as a student of Steve Cohen and J. Lawrie Bloom. Andy is currently in his fourth year as a Teaching Associate in Music at Lake Forest College, and each summer joins the artist-faculty of the Tennessee Valley Music Festival in Huntsville, AL.

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Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players presents:

St. Nick in Shades II: Jazz Takes on Holiday Favorites

Ride into the holidays on a jazz-powered sleigh as the Chicago Philharmonic

Chamber Players return to City Winery by popular request for another concert

featuring fresh interpretations of seasonal favorites. Expert jazzers Cheryl Wilson,

Jim Gailloreto, and Jeremy Kahn perform classics including Mel Torme’s “The

Christmas Song” and Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” along with newer tunes like

“Where Are You Christmas?” (from How the Grinch Stole Christmas) and “Grownup

Christmas Wish List.” Settle in for brunch with friends and family and celebrate the

many reasons for the season.

Sunday, December 18, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
City Winery Chicago (1200 W Randolph St, Chicago)

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Chicago Philharmonic and Joffrey Ballet present:


Discover the magic of Chicago's mysterious 1893 World's Fair through the eyes of a child in the Joffrey's astounding new Nutcracker -- brilliantly reimagined by Tony Award®-winning choreographer Wheeldon. Be part of dance history as we celebrate our beloved city and unlock a world of wonder for the 21st century. An electrifying holiday tale that will leave you breathless. 

Tickets are available for  December 20 - Friday, December 30.

All performances take place at:


The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University

50 E. Congress Parkway


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SBC Gala: A Family New Year's Day Celebration

Sunday, January 1, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

Immanuel Lutheran Church

5211 Carpenter St., Downers Grove

Sinfonietta Bel Canto's benefit fundraiser features “pops” music, Strauss waltzes, SBC soloists, opportunities to conduct the orchestra, and much, much more!  All inclusive pricing includes a catered dinner following the concert.

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