Program List for A Night at the Opera

Feb 15, 2017

Musical works on A Night at the Opera (April 2017)

Overture to The Barber of Seville Gioacchino Rossini arr. Daryl Runswick
"Lasciatemi morire" from L'Arianna Claudio Monteverdi ed. Richard Cox
Dido's Lament from Dido and Aeneas Henry Purcell arr. Jonathan Miller
The Dueling Tenors   arr. Paul Langford

"Una furtiva lagrima" from L’elisir D’amore

Gaetano Donizetti  

"La donna’e mobile" from Rigoletto

Giuseppe Verdi  

"Nessun dorma" from Turandot

Giacomo Puccini  

"Libiamo" from La Traviata

"Il dolce suono" from Lucia di Lammermoor Donizetti arr. Swingle Singers, trans. Langford
A Wagner Fantasy Richard Wagner arr. Patrick Sinozich

"Steuermann! Laß die Wacht!" from Der Fliegende Holländer


"Summ und brumm" from Der Fliegende Holländer


“Treulich geführt” (The Bridal Chorus) from Lohengrin

Overture to William Tell Rossini arr. Philip Lawson
"Au fond du temple saint" from Les Pêcheurs de Perles / "Flower Duet" from Lakmé Georges Bizet /
Léo Delibes
arr. Joe Labozetta
“Carmen Murdered,” inspired by Bizet’s Carmen Spike Jones arr. Sinozich
"O Mio Babbino Caro” from Gianni Schicchi / "Seasons of Love” from Rent Puccini /
Jonathan Larson
arr. Sinozich
Gilbert and Sullivan Medley W. S. Gilbert and
Arthur Sullivan
arr. Langford

“Three Little Maids” from The Mikado


“We're Called Gondolieri” from The Gondoliers


“In Sailing O'er Life's Ocean Wide” from Ruddigore


“Major-General’s Song” from The Pirates of Penzance

“All I Ask Of You” from The Phantom of the Opera Andrew Lloyd Webber arr. Bob Chilcott
“Bohemian Rhapsody” from A Night at the Opera Freddie Mercury arr. Hoss Brock and Brian Streem

Program List for Bound for Glory

Nov 16, 2016

Musical works on Bound for Glory (Feburary 2017)

Witness   arr. Jack Halloran
Hear de Lambs a'Cryin'   arr. Paul Carey
Ezekiel   arr. Stacey Gibbs
Give Me Jesus   arr. Fleming
I Want Jesus to Walk With Me   arr. Moses Hogan
Crucifixion   Adolphus Hailstork
Amen   Jester Hairston
Am I a Soldier of the Cross   arr. Jennings
Motherless Child   arr. Craig Hella Johnson
Old Testament Spirituals   Jonathan Miller
Little David, Play on Your Harp    
Daniel, Moses, Joshua    
My Lord, What a Mornin'   arr. Burleigh
The Little Light of Mine   ed. Trotter
Since I Laid My Burdens Down   arr. Dilworth

Program List for Holidays a cappella

Nov 3, 2016

Holidays a cappella (December 2016)

Joy to the World


trad. English; arr. Philip Lawson

Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow  

spiritual; arr. Roland Carter

Videntes stellam  

Orlando di Lasso

Good King Wenceslas  

trad. English; arr. Anne Heider

The Cherry Tree Carol  

trad. Appalachian; arr. Alice Parker

a la xacara xacarilla  

Juan Gutierrez de Padilla; ed. Anne Heider

Ikh bin a kleyner dreydl  

Mikhl Gelbart; arr. Mark Zuckerman

Slizcna Panienka  

trad. Polish; arr. J. Michael Thompson


trad. Latvian; arr. Juris Vaivods

Longfellow's Carol


Jonathan Miller

The Sycamore Tree  

Benjamin Britten

Si no me dan de beber lloro  

trad. Puerto Rican; arr. Johnathan Miller



Fum, fum, fum  

trad. Catalan; arr. Anne Heider

Najswietsza Panienka  

trad. Polish; arr. Jacek Sykulski

Ain't Dat a-Rockin' All Night  

spiritual; arr. Paul Carey


Matisyahu; arr. Patrick Sinozich

Saint Nicolas, A Cantata  

Benjamin Britten

Jingle Bells Hallelujah Chorus  

arr. Jonathan Miller

Learn About Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Oct 5, 2016

Dr. Ruth Westheimer is a psychosexual therapist who pioneered speaking frankly about sexual matters on her radio program, Sexually Speaking, in 1980. Since then, she has had much success on television, on the radio, and in print—both in her newspaper column “Ask Dr. Ruth” and in the 40+ books she has written.

In addition to her fame as a sexuality expert, Dr. Ruth is well known as an orphan of the Holocaust and trained sniper for the Jewish freedom fighters. She immigrated to the United States in 1956, earning her Masters and Doctorate in the US before beginning her radio show Sexually Speaking in 1980.

Dr. Ruth became a nationally and internationally celebrated figure and personality, with national television shows, syndicated newspaper columns, and numerous speaking engagements and awards. Dr. Ruth resides in New York and teaches at Columbia University.

Learn About Dr. Laura Berman

Oct 5, 2016

Laura Berman, PhD, is a world renowned sex and relationship educator and therapist; popular TV, radio and Internet host; New York Times best-selling author; and assistant clinical professor of ob-gyn and psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Considered a thought leader in her field, Dr. Berman has helped countless couples build stronger relationships, improve their sex lives, and achieve a heightened level of intimacy through her TV and radio shows, books, columns and website, along with her private practice based in Chicago. Dr. Berman is a New York Times best-selling author of many books on sexual health and pleasure, a weekly columnist for the Chicago Sun Times, and host of the radio program “Uncovered with Dr. Laura Berman.” She has appeared on Fox News, CNN and the TODAY Show, as well as in The New York Times, USA Today, and every major woman’s magazine. Dr. Berman serves on the advisory board for The Dr. Oz Show and is a regular guest on The Steve Harvey Show.

Program List for The Birds and The Bees

Oct 3, 2016

The Birds and The Bees: Songs of Nature and Naughtiness  (October 2016)

Let’s Do It


Cole Porter, arr. David Blackwell


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Flight of the Bumblebee


N. Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908), arr. Ward Swingle                

The Silver Swan


Thomas Weelkes


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Bugs (in 5 movements)


Daniel Pinkham (1923-2006)

Le Chant des Oiseaux (The Birds’ Song)


Clément Janequin (c. 1485-1558)


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The Blue Bird


Charles Villiers Stanford

The Turtle Dove


Trad., arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)


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Tirsi morir volea


Luca Marenzio


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Something’s Gotta Give


Johnny Mercer, arr. Patrick Sinozich






Davenport/Cooley, arr. Deke Sharon


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The Nearness of You


Carmichael/Washington; arr. Kirby Shaw


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I Heard It Through the Grapevine


Norman J. Whitfield and Barrett Strong; arr. Sinozich



Johnny Colla and Huey Lewis, arr. Jonathan Miller


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Afternoon Delight


Bill Danoff, arr. Chris Rishel

I’ve Got You Under My Skin


Cole Porter; arr. Sinozich


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My Funny Valentine


Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart; arr. Bob Krogstad                                                  

Walkin’ My Baby Back Home                                                   


Turk/Ahlert, arr. Deke Sharon

Program List for The History of Rock and Soul

Mar 9, 2016

Program list for The History for Rock and Soul (April 2016)

Take the A Train Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra (1941) Billy Strayhorn
Shout Sister Shout Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1941) Clarence Williams
O Happy Day Edwin Hawkins Singers (1969) Edwin R. Hawkins
Crazy Patsy Cline (1962) Willie Nelson
Hey Good Lookin’ Hank Williams (1951) Hank Williams
Ring of Fire Johnny Cash (1963) June Carter and Merle Kilgore
Will the Circle Be Unbroken Carter Family (1935) Charles Gabriel, words by Ada Halverson and revised by A.P. Carter
Blowin' in the Wind Peter, Paul & Mary (1963) Bob Dylan
If I Had a Hammer The Weavers (1950) and Peter, Paul & Mary (1962) Lee Hays and Pete Seeger
This Land is Your Land Woody Guthrie (1944) Woody Guthrie
Sweet Home Chicago Robert Johnson (1936) Robert Johnson
Got My Mojo Working Muddy Waters (1957) Preston Foster
Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens Louis Jordan (1946) Joan Whitney and Alex Kramer
Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby Louis Jordan (1944) Billy Austin and Louis Jordan
Paper Doll The Mills Brothers (1943) Johnny S. Black
In the Still of the Night The Five Satins (1956) Fred Parris
Why Do Fools Fall in Love Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers (1956) Frankie Lymon and Morris Levy
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow The Shirelles (1960) Gerry Goffin and Carole King
He’s So Fine The Chiffons (1962) Ronald Mack
Chantilly Lace Big Bopper (1958) J.P. Richardson
Wake Up Little Susie The Everly Brothers (1957) Felice Bryant and Boudleaux Bryant
Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis (1957) Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer
Blue Suede Shoes Elvis Presley (1956) Carl Lee Perkins
Ain’t That a Shame Fats Domino (1955) Antoine Domino and David Bartholomew
Working in the Coal Mine Lee Dorsey (1966) Allen Toussaint
Chapel of Love The Dixie Cups (1964) Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry
Please Mr. Postman The Marvelettes (1961) Robert Bateman, Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman and Brian Holland
Baby Love The Supremes (1964) Brian Holland, Edward Holland and Lamont Dozier
I Heard It Through the Grapevine Marvin Gaye (1968) Norman J. Whitfield and Barrett Strong
Dancing in the Street Martha and the Vandellas (1964) Marvin Gaye, William "Mickey" Stevenson and Ivy Jo Hunter
Good Vibrations The Beach Boys (1966) Brian Wilson and Mike Love
If I Fell The Beatles (1964) John Lennon and Paul McCartney
You Really Got Me The Kinks (1964) Ray Davies
Paint It Black The Rolling Stones (1966) Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
My Generation The Who (1965) Peter Townsend
Stand Sly and the Family Stone (1969) Sylvester Stewart
Everyday People Sly and the Family Stone (1968) Sylvester Stewart
Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) Slly and the Family Stone (1969) Sylvester Stewart

Chicago Tribune raves about “Shakespeare a cappella”

Feb 16, 2016

The Chicago Tribune's John von Rhein raves about Chicago a cappella's "classy pizzaz" in Shakespeare a cappella: "The performances were achieved at a very high level — fresh and spirited, yet with exacting attention to intonation, blend and tonal refinement."  Read the short review here (it appears at the end of article).

Donnelley Challenge Grant

Dec 7, 2015

Chicago a cappella has received an exciting challenge from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.  This season, the Foundation will match any new gifts, increased gifts, or returning gifts up to $25,000!

  • If you have never made a gift to Chicago a cappella, your entire contribution will be matched dollar-for-dollar!
  • If you made a gift last season, any increase of your gift this year will be matched dollar-for-dollar!
  • If you gave in previous seasons but not last year, your entire gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar!

This is a wonderful opportunity, but we need your help to make it reality.  Your tax-deductible gift will support our educational and artistic programming.  Help us meet this challenge: donate now!

A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a cappella

Dec 1, 2015

Chicago a cappella has produced an hourlong radio special for the WFMT Fine Arts Network, called A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago a cappella.  Hosted by our Artistic Director, Jonathan Miller, the program includes performances of Chanukah music from the ensemble's concert and CD recordings over the last 15 years.  In addition to the broadcast on WFMT in Chicago (on Dec. 6), stations around the country are airing it throughout the month.  Check your local NPR or classical radio station schedule!  The full program is also available online.  

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