Nichols Concert Hall 2018-2019

Upcoming Events

Nichols Concert Hall • 1490 Chicago Avenue • Evanston, IL 60201

Saturday, Dec 15 2018

: Foster Dance Studios


Sunday, Dec 16 2018

3:00 PM: Chicago a cappella
Holidays a cappella: Silver Bells
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We’ve celebrated the holidays with you for a quarter of a century, and now we’ll ring in our Silver Anniversary with a sparkling collection of musical treasures. Together we’ll relish in bright and beloved favorites from our first 25 years —from lively Christmas spirituals and shimmering Renaissance carols to timeless holiday chestnuts and contemporary favorites. And we’ll look ahead with glistening music new to our stage. This resounding celebration is a Chicago tradition not to be missed!


Saturday, Feb 9 2019

8:00 PM: Chicago a cappella
Polish Spendor
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Chicago’s celebrated Polish community is a vital part of our city’s spirit. In this concert, years in the making, we’ll explore the rich variety of music from Poland, old and new. Our singers will bring to life traditional folk songs and compelling new works by rising Polish composers—including many in their North American debut. This captivating musical celebration of Poland is not to be missed!


Sunday, Feb 10 2019

3:00 PM: Inna Faliks: "Polonaise-Fantasie, Story of a Pianist"
★MIC Concert Series★

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This program traces, in music and words, Faliks’ journey from Odessa, in the former Soviet Union, to the freedom of the United States and a life in music. The Music Institute alumna and head of piano at the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA tells her incredible story while playing music of Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Gershwin, and much more.


Sunday, Feb 17 2019

3:00 PM: Rembrandt Chamber Musicians
Quartet for the End of Time
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Hindemith and Messiaen plumb the deepest corners of human experience in two of their most powerful works. Composed during his time as a soldier in WWI, Hindemith’s viola sonata blends the Romantic and Impressionistic styles of Brahms and Debussy with his own adventurous harmonic language. Inspired by the Book of Revelation, Messiaen wrote his quartet while a prisoner of war in WWII, premiering the work on dilapidated instruments to an audience of guards and fellow prisoners. In a contrasting spirit, Saint-Saëns’ caprice pairs Russian and Danish musical traditions in a thrilling Romantic work full of confidence and bravado.

MESSIAEN: Quartet for the End of Time
HINDEMITH: Sonata for viola and piano, op. 11, no. 4
SAINT-SAËNS: Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs, op. 79

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7:30 PM: Chicago Chamber Musicians
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PROGRAM
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15, Op. 132
Dvoák: String Quintet No. 2, Op. 77

Joseph Genualdi, violin
Danny Lai, viola
Paula Kosower, cello
Bradley Opland, bass


Sunday, Mar 3 2019

7:30 PM: Orion Ensemble
French Musical Treasure
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Program
Ludwig van Beethoven
PIANO QUARTET in E-Flat Major, Op. 16

Stacy Garrop
LITTLE BITS for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano (2000)

Nancy Van de Vate
TRIO for Clarinet, Viola and Piano (2014)

Cecile Chaminade
PIANO TRIO in A Minor, Op. 34


Sunday, Mar 10 2019

3:00 PM: Paul Barnes, pianist and chanter
★MIC Concert Series★

"Love and Death and Resurrection in the Musical Vision of Philip Glass, Franz Liszt, and Ancient Chant"
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Pianist Barnes has created a powerful musical meditation on the ways in which humanity grapples with death. Beginning with the story of Orpheus, the program connects the music of Franz Liszt, Philip Glass, and a world premiere by Victoria Bond with Byzantine chant, as it artfully explores the hope for the destruction of death and of life eternal.


Sunday, Mar 31 2019

3:00 PM: Rembrandt Chamber Musicians
Triumph and Joy
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Strauss composed Metamorphosen during the final months of WWII, finishing the piece just two days after the Battle of Nuremberg. Quoting a passage from Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, this gripping work mourns the destruction of Germany while expressing hope and optimism for the future. Mendelssohn’s octet was written when the composer was only sixteen years old. Music critic Conrad Wilson says, “Its youthful verve, brilliance and perfection make it one of the miracles of nineteenth-century music.” Quoting Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, the finale concludes with pure, unrestrained joy.

MENDELSSOHN: Octet in E-flat Major, op. 20
STRAUSS/LEOPOLD: Metamorphosen for string septet


Sunday, Apr 7 2019

3:00 PM: Time for Three
★MIC Concert Series★

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The young, dynamic trio Time For Three—violinist/vocalist Nicolas (Nick) Kendall, violinist/vocalist Charles Yang, and double bassist/vocalist Ranaan Meyer—breaks boundaries with its performances and defies traditional genre classification, performing works from Bach to Brahms to bluegrass to the Beatles.


Saturday, Apr 13 2019

8:00 PM: Chicago a cappella
Dynamic Duos
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From classical to classic rock and pop, musical theater and opera, Chicago a cappella shines a spotlight on your favorite songwriting and performing duos from, well, the past few hundred years or so. Where else could you find Mozart and Da Ponte, Stan Getz and Astrid Gilberto, Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Gilbert and Sullivan, Simon and Garfunkel, George and Ira Gershwin, and the Captain and Tennille all in the same room?


Saturday, Apr 20 2019

7:30 PM: Lionel Hampton Birthday Celebration
★MIC Concert Series★

featuring Joe Locke and Tammy McCann
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The Music Institute’s annual jazz event celebrates the late American vibraphonist and bandleader in an exuberant program featuring performances by Music Institute Artist-in-Residence Tammy McCann; jazz vibraphonist Joe Locke, voted number one vibist by Downbeat magazine’s Critics’ poll; vibraphonist Thaddeus Tukes, a graduate of Chicago’s Whitney Young Magnet High School; and members of the Music Institute’s Jazz Studies faculty.


Sunday, Apr 28 2019

3:00 PM: Academy Orchestra with the Bach Week Festival featuring Sergei Babayan, piano
★MIC Concert Series★

part of the 2019 Bach Week Festival
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The Music Institute’s Academy Orchestra and members of the Bach Week Festival Orchestra join forces for a program of Baroque concertos and dances, directed by Richard Webster and James Setapen and featuring pianist Sergei Babayan in a celebration of mentorship combining professional and extraordinary student musicians.

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7:30 PM: Chicago Chamber Musicians
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PROGRAM
Françaix: String Trio (1933)
Berwald: Grand Septet in B-flat Major
Brahms: Piano Quintet, Op. 34

Joseph Genualdi, violin
Jasmin Lin, violin
Clancy Newman, cello
Bradley Opland, bass
Gail Williams, horn
Steve Cohen, clarinet
Kuang-Hao Huang, piano


Sunday, May 19 2019

7:30 PM: Orion Ensemble
A Brahms Finale
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Program
Alfred Uhl
KLEINES KONZERT for Viola, Clarinet, and Piano (1938)

Sergei Prokofiev
OVERTURE ON HEBREW THEMES for Clarinet, String Quartet and Piano, Op. 34

Johannes Brahms
PIANO QUINTET in F Minor, Op. 34


Sunday, Jun 2 2019

3:00 PM: Rembrandt Chamber Musicians
A Soldier's Tale, A Fiddler's Tale
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The season finale revisits Rembrandt’s acclaimed 2012 pairing of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat with A Fiddler’s Tale by Wynton Marsalis. Based on the Russian folk tale The Runaway Soldier and the Devil, L’Histoire tells the story of a soldier who sells his fiddle to the devil in exchange for material wealth, losing his fiancée and musical abilities in the process. Inspired by Stravinsky’s L’Histoire, A Fiddler’s Tale is a jazz suite that narrates the cautionary tale of a young female violinist who is lured into performing more commercialized music by the devil, a record executive with the initials B.Z.B. Rembrandt will be joined by Chicago-based comedian, author, and public radio personality Aaron Freeman for this special performance.

STRAVINSKY: L’Histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale)
MARSALIS: A Fiddler’s Tale


Past Events


Thursday, Sep 6 2018

7:30 PM: Lisker Music Foundation
The Key to Harmony

This concert explores how 2 genius composers from 2 distant eras, used the key of C minor to express profound ideas about love, friendship, nationalism, war, tragedy, and much more – all without a single word being spoken.


Monday, Sep 10 2018

6:30 PM: Jazz Jam Session
★MIC Event★

Free and open to all Instrumentalists and vocalists.  Piano and drumset provided


Saturday, Sep 15 2018

7:30 PM: Opening Night: Jennifer Koh, violinist
★MIC Concert Series★

The acclaimed Music Institute alumna and Glen Ellyn native returns to play a program featuring two solo works by Bach, juxtaposed with a contemporary piece for solo violin by John Harbison. Critics have described her playing of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas as intense, beautifully shaped, and mesmerizing. “Koh’s arresting tone and emotional interpretations of Bach are a perfect fit for the acoustics of Nichols Concert Hall,” said Music Institute President and CEO Mark George.

Program
Bach- Sonata No. 1 in G minor
Harbison- For Violin Alone
intermission
Bach- Partita No. 2 in D minor


Sunday, Sep 23 2018

3:00 PM: Orion Ensemble
Vienna, City of My Dreams

Orion's first concert program of the season features Mozart's Clarinet Quartet in B-flat Major, after KV317d. Mozart's love for the violin and viola was second in his heart only to his beloved fortepiano. The expansion of string techniques and their innovative applications fascinated him. In 1779, Mozart composed the Violin Sonata K. 378 in Salzburg. Arranger Johann Anton Andre (1775-1842) eventually acquired the score and became one of the first true researchers of Mozart's music. Fully understanding the composer's love of the newly developing clarinet, Andre arranged this sonata into a quartet for clarinet, violin, viola and cello in 1799. In addition to the masterworks Mozart composed for clarinet-the Clarinet Quintet and the Clarinet Concerto-this arrangement offers another odyssey into the sonic spectrums of Mozart and the clarinet.


Sunday, Sep 30 2018

3:00 PM: Rembrandt Chamber Musicians
Defiance and Peace

Rembrandt opens its 29th season with music of defiance and peace. Dimitri Shostakovich composed in the Soviet Union during the early days of World War II when violating dictated musical conventions could result in exile or death. Though his piano quintet won the Stalin State Prize, it subtly mocks Stalin’s regime through the clever use of musical codes and “wrong” notes. Malcolm Arnold, composer of The Bridge on the River Kwai film score, registered as a conscientious objector in 1941. The program concludes with J.S. Bach’s tranquil Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, featuring a virtuosic harpsichord solo by guest artist Mark Shuldiner.


Thursday, Oct 4 2018

7:30 PM: FilAm Foundation
An Evening of Piano Trios

Featuring Giora Schmidt, violin; Leonardo Altino, cello; Victor Santiago Asuncion, piano


Friday, Oct 5 2018

8:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine

Jeff Award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll (End of the Rainbow) superbly captures the emotional and vocal power of Judy Garland live in concert. With her great big voice and naturally winning humor, Ingersoll soars in this loving homage. Iconic songs include Over the Rainbow, Get Happy and The Man That Got Away.


Saturday, Oct 6 2018

8:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine

Jeff Award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll (End of the Rainbow) superbly captures the emotional and vocal power of Judy Garland live in concert. With her great big voice and naturally winning humor, Ingersoll soars in this loving homage. Iconic songs include Over the Rainbow, Get Happy and The Man That Got Away.


Sunday, Oct 7 2018

2:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine

Jeff Award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll (End of the Rainbow) superbly captures the emotional and vocal power of Judy Garland live in concert. With her great big voice and naturally winning humor, Ingersoll soars in this loving homage. Iconic songs include Over the Rainbow, Get Happy and The Man That Got Away.

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6:00 PM: Bachanalia
Bach Week Festival Benefit

An evening of music and wine paired in perfect harmony, complemented
by a selection of hearty hors d'oeuvres.

SPECIAL GUEST

Michael Baker
Head Buyer and General Manager, VIN CHICAGO
Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers

All proceeds benefit Bach Week Festival 2019

DOORS OPEN 5:30 PM
WINE TASTING & MUSICAL PROGRAM 6 PM
SILENT AUCTION 6-7:30 PM

PERFORMING ARTISTS

BLACK OAK Ensemble


Wednesday, Oct 10 2018

2:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine

Jeff Award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll (End of the Rainbow) superbly captures the emotional and vocal power of Judy Garland live in concert. With her great big voice and naturally winning humor, Ingersoll soars in this loving homage. Iconic songs include Over the Rainbow, Get Happy and The Man That Got Away.


Thursday, Oct 11 2018

2:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine

Jeff Award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll (End of the Rainbow) superbly captures the emotional and vocal power of Judy Garland live in concert. With her great big voice and naturally winning humor, Ingersoll soars in this loving homage. Iconic songs include Over the Rainbow, Get Happy and The Man That Got Away.


Friday, Oct 12 2018

8:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine

Jeff Award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll (End of the Rainbow) superbly captures the emotional and vocal power of Judy Garland live in concert. With her great big voice and naturally winning humor, Ingersoll soars in this loving homage. Iconic songs include Over the Rainbow, Get Happy and The Man That Got Away.


Saturday, Oct 13 2018

2:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine

Jeff Award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll (End of the Rainbow) superbly captures the emotional and vocal power of Judy Garland live in concert. With her great big voice and naturally winning humor, Ingersoll soars in this loving homage. Iconic songs include Over the Rainbow, Get Happy and The Man That Got Away.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

8:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine

Jeff Award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll (End of the Rainbow) superbly captures the emotional and vocal power of Judy Garland live in concert. With her great big voice and naturally winning humor, Ingersoll soars in this loving homage. Iconic songs include Over the Rainbow, Get Happy and The Man That Got Away.


Sunday, Oct 14 2018

2:00 PM: Music Theater Works
Judy Garland: Come Rain or Come Shine

Jeff Award-winning dynamo Angela Ingersoll (End of the Rainbow) superbly captures the emotional and vocal power of Judy Garland live in concert. With her great big voice and naturally winning humor, Ingersoll soars in this loving homage. Iconic songs include Over the Rainbow, Get Happy and The Man That Got Away.


Saturday, Oct 20 2018

8:00 PM: Chicago a cappella
Chicago, Chicago: with Geoffrey Baer

We celebrate our 25th anniversary with a musical history of the city we call home. With riveting narration by WTTW’s Geoffrey Baer and vivid projections illustrating Chicago’s past, the concert includes songs of early French explorers, daring pioneers, and immigrants who shaped the city. Our singers will delve into music of the Columbian Exposition, the Great Migration,the birth of blues and gospel, our beloved skyscrapers, champion sports teams and more. Join us for a visually and musically vibrant, sometimes comical, and always fascinating portrait of our great city.


Thursday, Oct 25 2018

7:30 PM: Lisker Music Foundation
Artyom Dervoed, guitar

World-renowned classical guitarist Artyom Dervoed, proclaimed the “Tsar of the Guitar” (Universe Guitare), comes to Chicago from Russia for just one evening to perform a thrilling recital displaying the full spectrum of the guitar’s brilliant potential. The performance will also feature violinist, David Lisker.


Friday, Oct 26 2018

7:30 PM: CDPF: Sarah and Susan Wang Piano Duo
★MIC Concert Series★

The Chicago Duo Piano Festival presents the Taiwanese-American twin sisters, who have won the prestigious ARD International Two Piano Competition in Munich, second prize in the world-renowned Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition, third prize in the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Preis in Berlin, third place in the 4th International Piano Duos Competition in Bialystok, Poland, and second prize in the Ellis National Duo Competition in the United States.


Saturday, Oct 27 2018

7:30 PM: 8th Annual Franz Liszt Birthday Gala Concert
★MIC Event★

Come celebrate Franz Liszt's 207th birthday with a grand evening of piano music! This year, we feature international Liszt competition winners Chen-Shen Fan and Joseph Kingsma performing some of Liszt's greatest solo piano works as well as a special performance by rising star, Music Institute of Chicago Academy student pianist, Yerin Yang.

Tickets:
$20 General Admission
$10 for American Liszt Society members
$5 for College Students with Student ID
FREE for kids 17 and under
FREE for Music Institute of Chicago Students/Staff
Tickets are available for purchase at the door starting at 6:30 pm. Online ticketing will become available soon.

Program: To be announced


Sunday, Oct 28 2018

3:00 PM: "Spooktacular" Concert
★MIC Concert Series★

Music Institute of Chicago’s award-winning faculty perform appropriately “scary”Halloween-themed music for all ages. Audience members are encouraged to wear costumes! Concert followed by a haunted musical open house at 4 p.m.


Saturday, Nov 3 2018

7:00 PM: RAÍCES DEL ANDE: Benefit Concert

Raíces del Ande has been performing folk music of the Andean Mountains region (including Bolivia, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, and Argentina) for over 20 years. Join us in Evanston's beautiful 500-seat Nichols Concert Hall for a music and dance extravaganza to benefit social programs in the small town of Cotagaita, Bolivia. In addition to original songs, Raices will interpret popular songs from Andean folklore as well as classics by groups such as Kalamarka, Inti-Illimani, and Los Kjarkas. A Bolivian dance group with traditional costumes will be featured in several songs.
Traditional Bolivian food (salteñas, empanadas, alfajores) and drinks (wine, beer, coffee, soda, and water) will be for sale before the show (doors open at 6:00 PM), at intermission, and afterwards.


Saturday, Nov 10 2018

7:30 PM: Callisto Quartet
★MIC Concert Series★

Fresh from their Grand Prize-winning performance at the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Callisto Quartet debuts at Nichols Concert Hall with a program featuring Schubert’s String Quartet in C Minor, D 703; Bartók’s String Quartet No. 6; and Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 59, No. 2. Callisto also performs the Chicago premiere of Cantos by one of Spain’s most prestigious young composers, Francisco Coll. Formed in 2016 at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), Callisto was a prize winner at the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition and was the only American quartet selected to compete in the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, winning third prize in the Grand Finals.


Sunday, Nov 18 2018

7:30 PM: Orion Ensemble
Russian Passion

One of the most versatile cellists of his generation, Maksin performs as a soloist with orchestras worldwide. “What’s exciting about Maksin’s work is that he works across so many genres, collaborating with classical hard-hitters like Andrea Bocelli as well as Gloria Estefan, Snoop Dogg and Sting.” Chicagoist


Sunday, Nov 25 2018

3:00 PM: Twoset Violin


TwoSet Violin—founded in 2014 by the two Australian musicians Brett Yang and Eddy Chen—first went viral with their funny and sometimes painfully accurate videos depicting life as a classical musician. With over 700,000 followers on social media and over 200 million views worldwide, TwoSet inspires young musicians with humor and a relatable ‘imperfectness.’ Brett and Eddy have been featured on ABC Classic FM and Sony Classical Australia and in international media such as China Times, The Violin Channel, Classic FM, WQXR, and The Strad. Their work has led to collaborations with other high profile artists such as Lang Lang, Ray Chen, Janine Jansen, James Ehnes, Maxim Vengerov, Anne Akiko Meyers and Stefan Jackiw.

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7:00 PM: Twoset Violin


TwoSet Violin—founded in 2014 by the two Australian musicians Brett Yang and Eddy Chen—first went viral with their funny and sometimes painfully accurate videos depicting life as a classical musician. With over 700,000 followers on social media and over 200 million views worldwide, TwoSet inspires young musicians with humor and a relatable ‘imperfectness.’ Brett and Eddy have been featured on ABC Classic FM and Sony Classical Australia and in international media such as China Times, The Violin Channel, Classic FM, WQXR, and The Strad. Their work has led to collaborations with other high profile artists such as Lang Lang, Ray Chen, Janine Jansen, James Ehnes, Maxim Vengerov, Anne Akiko Meyers and Stefan Jackiw.


Friday, Nov 30 2018

7:30 PM: Lakeside Singers
Oh, what fun…

Many of our most popular songs from past years. including carols fderom England, Ireland and Argentina, along with music made famous by Mariah Carey, Koko Taylor and a medley from the holiday classic Polar Express.

The Lakeside Singers have commissioned Jean Belmont Ford and Greg Jasperse to create new works in celebration of our 20th anniversary.


Sunday, Dec 2 2018

3:00 PM: Lisker Music Foundation
String Serenade

An exhilarating holiday concert featuring some of the most celebrated classical works. Get into the Holiday spirit with your entire family – and don’t worry, there’s no Nutcracker!


Saturday, Dec 8 2018

2:00 PM: Family Concert: Duke It Out
★MIC Concert Series★

The Music Institute presents an unusual version of The Nutcracker, alternating music from the classical (Tchaikovsky) and jazz (Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn) scores with choreography curated by Dance Chicago. Musicians include members of Axiom Brass and Music Institute Ensemble-in-Residence Quintet Attacca in a performance that runs a family-friendly 60 minutes, followed by a festive holiday reception with refreshments and a photo booth with the artists.

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8:00 PM: Chicago a cappella
Holidays a cappella: Silver Bells

We’ve celebrated the holidays with you for a quarter of a century, and now we’ll ring in our Silver Anniversary with a sparkling collection of musical treasures. Together we’ll relish in bright and beloved favorites from our first 25 years —from lively Christmas spirituals and shimmering Renaissance carols to timeless holiday chestnuts and contemporary favorites. And we’ll look ahead with glistening music new to our stage. This resounding celebration is a Chicago tradition not to be missed!


Sunday, Dec 9 2018

3:00 PM: MIC Chorale
★MIC Event★

Songs of the Season

Music Institute of Chicago Chorale in collaboration with the Chicago Childrens Choir featuring Daniel Pinkhams Christmas Cantata for choir, brass and organ