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Swing, Swing, Swing Playlist

Jul 31, 2019

It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)   Duke Ellington and Irving Mills, arr. Deke Sharon
Take the "A" Train   Billy Strayhorn, arr. Patrick Sinozich
     
Begin the Beguine   Cole Porter, arr. Sinozich
Stompin' at the Savory  

Edgar Sampson, lyrics by Benny Goodman, Chick Webb, Edgar Sampson, and Andy Razaf, arr. Sinozich

The Contienental   Con Conrad, lyrics by Herb Magidson,  arr. Sinozich
Woodchopper's Ball   Joe Bishop and Woody Herman, arr. Sinozich
     
All Right, Okay, You Win   Mayme Watts, Sid Wyche, arr. Sinozich
There'll Be Some Changes Made   Benton Overstreet, lyrics by Billy Higgins, arr. Sinozich
Three Little Fishes   Saxie Dowell, lyrics by Josephine Carringer and Bernice Idens, arr. Sinozich
     
Moonlight Serenade   Glen Miller, lyrics by Mitchell Parish, arr. Sinozich
It's Only a Paper Moon   Harold Arlen, lyrics by Yip Harburg and Billy Rose, arr. Sinozich
Old Devil Moon   Burton Lane, lyrics by Yip Harburg, arr. Sinozich
How High the Moon   Morgan Lewis, lyrics by Nancy Hamilton, arr. Sinozich
     
A String of Pearls   Jerry Gray, lyrics by Eddie DeLange, arr. Sinozich
     
Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive   Harold Arlen, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, arr. Sinozich
Tain't What You Do   Melvin "Sy" Oliver and James "Trummy" Young, arr. Sinozich
  INTERMISSION  
I've Heard That Song Before   Jule Styne, lyrics by Sammy Cahn, arr. Sinozich
L'il Darlin'   Neil Hefti, lyrics by Jon Hendricks, arr. Bob Zaun
     
I'll Be Seeing You   Sammy Fain, lyrics by Irving Kahal, arr. Sinozich
The Fleet's In   Victor Schertzinger, lyrics by Johnny Mercer, arr. Sinozich
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy   Hugh Durham Prince, lyrics Don Raye, arr. Sinozich
     
Let's Get Away from It All   Matt Dennis, lyrics by Tom Adair, arr. Sinozich
I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo   Harry Warren, lyrics by Mack Gordon, arr. Sinozich
Chattanooga Choo Choo   Harry Warren, Mack Gordon, arr. Sinozich
     
Heartaches   A; Hoffman, lyrics by John Klenner, arr. Sinozich
Sing, Sing, Sing (Andrew Sisters)   Louis Prima, arr. Sinozch

Fiesta Coral Mexicana Playlist

Jul 30, 2019

Xtoles (L'ay yum K'in)   arr. Jorge Cózatl
Exsultate Justi in Domino   Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla
     
Jucheti Consuelito    arr. Jóse Galván
     
Dic nobis, Maria   Francisco López Capillas
     
Mi ciudad   arr. Jórdoba
     
Éste ques ves, engaño colorido audio sample Rodgrido Michelet Cadet Díaz
     
Como México no hay dos   V. Fernándes, arr. José Galván
     
De Sur A Norte audio sample Julio Morales
     
Dios nunca muere   aa. Francisco Zúñiga Olmos
     
  INTERMISSION  
Tleycantimo choquiliya   Gaspar Fernandes
Y es que no sabes audio sample Novelli Jurado
     
La bikina   Ruben Fuentes, arr. Edgardo Romero Hernández
     
Besame Mucho   Consuelo Velázquez, arr. Jose Galvan
     
A la orilla de palmar   arr. Jorge Córdoba
Pasar la vida   Jorge Cóztal
     
Te extrañoo   arr. José Galván 
     
La Llorona   arr. Ramon Noble

Holidays a cappella 2019

Jul 30, 2019

Dominus dixit ad me   Chant
Noe, Noe!   Jean Mouton
     
Three Pieces for Chanukah   Robert Applebaum
Y'mei Hachanukah audio clip  
Maoz Tzur    
Funky Dreidl audio clip  
     
Noel Canon   Steven Sametz
Quelle est cette odeur agréable   Traditional, arr. David Willcocks
Nigh Bethlehem   Alfred Burt, arr. Gene Puerling
     
Al Hanisim   Joshua Fishbein
Ikh bin a kleyner dreidl   Mikhl Gelbart, arr. Mark Zuckerman
     
Silent Night   Franz Gruber, arr. Malcolm Sargeant
  INTERMISSION  
Winter Welcome   Patrick Sinozich
     
Carol of the Bells   Mykola Leontovych,
arr. Paul Langford
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas audio clip Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane,
arr. Robert Convery
Jingle a cappella audio clip James Pierpont, arr. James Clemens
     
Miracle   Matisyahu, arr. Sinozich
That's Christmas to Me   Scott Hoying and Kevin Oluwole Olusola

American Anthem Playlist

Jul 30, 2019

America The Beautiful   Samuel A. Ward & Katherine Lee Bates,
arr. David Angerman & Joseph M. Martin
Tenting Tonight
 
  John Ness Beck,
arr. Douglas Wagner
Will  The Circle Be Unbroken
 
  Trad. Appalachian,
arr. J. David Moore
Goin' Home   Dvorak and William Arms Fisher, arr. Paul Langford
Come Sunday   Duke Ellington, arr. J. Hoybye
Lift Every Voice and Sing   J. Rosamond Johnson,
arr. Roberto Burton
I Am Woman   Helen Reddy, arr. Langford
Quiet   MILCK
Medley: Give My Regards to Broadway; Johnny Get Your Gun; Over There; You're a Grand Old Flag   George M. Cohan,
arr. Patrick Sinozich
Changes   David Bowie, arr. Sinozich
America   Paul Simon, arr. Langford
Take Me Home, Country Roads   John Denver, arr. Stefan Wyatt
The Times They Are A-Chagin'   Bob Dylan; arr. Ann Downey, Shelley Posen, and Ian Robb
For What It's Worth   Stephen Stills, arr. Sinozich
Get Together   Chet Powers, arr. Langford
The Man in Black   John R. Cash,
arr. Joe Labozetta
Let it Go from Frozen   Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez,
arr. Roger Emerson
Born this Way   Lady Gaga and Jeppe Laursen, arr. Sinozich

Dynamic Duos Set List

Feb 15, 2019

Dynamic Duos - April 2019

Dames Medley   Rodgers/Hammerstein, arr. Patrick Sinozich
Soave sia il vento   Mozart/Da Ponte, arr. Jonathan Miller
Scarborough Fair   Traditional, arr. Paul Langford
Can't Buy Me Love   Lennon/McCartney, arr. Keith Abbs
Yesterday   Lennon/McCartney, arr. Gene Puerling
Close to You   Bacharach/David, arr. Paul Langford
For All We Know   Wilson/Griffin, arr. Teena Chinn
I Love Lucy   Daniel/Adamson, arr. Paul Langford
How To Handle A Woman   Lerner/Loewe, arr. Paul Langford
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road   John/Taupin, arr. Paul Langford
Love Will Keep Us Together   Sedaka, arr. Paul Langford
  INTERMISSION  
Reelin' In the Years   Fagen/Becker, arr. Patrick Sinozich
The Girl From Ipanema   Jobim/Gimbel, arr. Paul Langford
Romeo And Juliet/A Time For Us   Tchaikovsky/Rota/Kuzik/Snyder, arr. Paul Langford
I Can't Go For That   Hall/Oates, arr. Paul Langford
They All Laughed   Gershwin/Gershwin, arr. Paul Langford
We Kiss In A Shadow   Rodgers/Hammerstein, arr. Kerry Marsh
Gilbert and Sullivan Medley   Gilbert/Sullivan, arr. Paul Langford

Polish Splendor Set List

Jan 11, 2019

Gaude Mater Polonia   Wincenty z Kielczy; Teofill Klonowski
Gregorian hymn melody
     
10 Polish Folk Songs on Soldier Themes   Witold Lutosławski
1.Pod Krakowem czarna rola    
2. Nie bede łez ronić    
     
Czerwone jabłuszko   arr. Jacek Sykulski
     
10 Polish Folk Songs on Soldier Themes   Lutosławski
3. A w Warszawie    
4. Zachodzie słoneczko    
     
Stabat Mater   Marek Jasiṅski
     
Prayer to Theresa   Wojciech Kilar
     
10 Polish Folk Songs on Soldier Themes   Lutosławski
5.Oj, I w polu jezioro    
6.Jam kalinkę łamała    
     
Scherzo   Marek Jasiṅski
Warszawo, moja Warszawo (tango)   Andrjez Włast (lyrics) and Zygmunt Karasiṅski/Szymon Kataszek (music), arr. J. Miller
  INTERMISSION  
Lacrimosa (after Chopin’s Etude in Eb minor, Op. 10, No. 6)   Chopin, arr. Franck Krawczyk
     
10 Polish Folk Songs on Soldier Themes   Lutosławski
7. Gdzie to jedziesz Jasiu?    
8. A na onej górze    
     
Trzy Baby (3 peasant Women)   Juliusz Łuciuk
The Last Letter of St. Maximilian to his Mother   Pawel Łukaszewski
     
10 Polish Folk Songs on Soldier Themes   Lutosławski
9 . Już to mjia siódmy roczek    
10. Małgorzatka    
     
Prayer for the Homeland   Łukaszewski

Polish Splendor: Songs and Traditions from the Crossroads of Europe Early Alert

Nov 27, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Press Contact: Cait Williams
Marketing Manager
cwilliams@chicagoacappella.org | 773.281.7820

CHICAGO A CAPPELLA PRESENTS FOUR U.S. PREMIERES
IN CONCERT CELEBRATING POLAND

CHICAGOChicago a cappella celebrates Chicago’s vibrant and vital Polish community in Polish Splendor: Songs and Traditions from the Crossroads of Europe. The third program of the acclaimed ensemble’s 25th anniversary season, Polish Splendor brings Chicago four U.S. premieres, including works by decorated Polish composers Juliusz Luciuk and Pawel Łukaszewski, the Jewish songwriting team Karasiński and Kataszek, and widely-recognized film composer Wojciech Kilar. Songs include well-known Polish ballads such as Czerwone jabłuszko and the iconic tango Warszawo, moja Warszawo. The final performance takes place at Chicago’s Copernicus Center, the gorgeous former movie palace which is the center of Chicago’s Polish cultural life. Chicago a cappella brings Poland’s dramatic history to life in a concert that honors both the country’s traditions and new works that stem from a people in the crossroads of history. 


Polish Splendor: Songs and Traditions from the Crossroads of Europe: will take place Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8:00 pm at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL; Sunday, Feb. 10 at 4:00 pm at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St, Oak Park, IL; Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8:00 pm at Wentz Concert Hall on the campus of North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL; Sunday, Feb. 17 at 4:00 pm at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL. For tickets and more information visit chicagoacappella.org or call (773) 281-7820.

Chicago a cappella

Chicago a cappella is one of the area’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Spanning a repertoire from Gregorian chant to the Beatles and beyond, the group is presenting its 25th anniversary season under founding Artistic Director Jonathan Miller. This season’s concerts, prepared by Principal Music Director John William Trotter and renowned guest music directors, will be presented at eight venues in the Chicago area. The ensemble has been hailed as “the area’s best unaccompanied group” (Chicago Magazine) and “the city’s liveliest, most versatile vocal ensemble” (Chicago Tribune).

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Holidays a cappella: Silver Bells Playlist

Sep 28, 2018

Title Composer/Arranger
Puer natus est nobis Plainchant, Mode 7
Il est né, le divin Enfant arr. J. David Moore
Shehecheyanu Jonathan Miller
Maoz Tzur Robert Applebaum,
from "Three Pieces for Chanukah"
The Christ-child’s Lullaby Gwyneth Walker
Children Go Where I Send Thee arr. Robert Leigh Morris
Kristallen den fina Traditional Swedish,
arr. Gunnar Eriksson
Convidando está la Noche Juan García de Zespedes (1619-1678)
O Tannenbaum Traditional German carol,
arr. James Winfield
Gabriel's Message Basque carol,
arr. Jim Clements
Jingle a cappella Anonymous & James Lord Pierpont, arr. James L. Clemens
Christmas Waltz Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn, arr. Langford
Winter Wonderland/Don't Worry Be Happy Felix Bernard & Richard B. Smith/Bobby McFerrin,
arr. Pentatonix
Silver Bells Jay Livingston & Ray Evans, arr. Sinozich
The World for Christmas Anders Edenroth

Holidays a cappella: Silver Bells Early Alert

Sep 28, 2018

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Press Contact: Cait Williams
Marketing Manager
cwilliams@chicagoacappella.org | 773.281.7820

CHICAGO A CAPPELLA PRESENTS SILVER ANNIVERSARY HOLIDAY CONCERT
FEATURING BELOVED HITS FROM THEIR LAST 25 YEARS AND CONTEMPORARY WORKS NEW TO THEIR STAGE

CHICAGO— Chicago a cappella invites you to ring in the acclaimed ensemble’s Silver Anniversary with a sparkling collection of musical treasures. These December concerts have become a staple Chicago holiday tradition, and this year you’ll delight in bright and beloved favorites from the group’s first 25 years.  Prepared by guest music director Paul Nicholson, the ensemble will present lively Christmas spirituals, songs for Chanukah, familiar holiday chestnuts like “Silver Bells,” contemporary favorites (including an arrangement by Pentatonix), and glistening music new to their stage. This resounding celebration is a Chicago tradition not to be missed!


Holidays a cappella: Silver Bells will take place Friday, Dec. 7 at 8:00 pm at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., Oak Park, IL; Saturday, Dec. 8 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3:00 pm at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 E. Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL; Sunday, Dec. 9 at 3:00 pm at St. Clement Church, 642 W. Deming Pl., Chicago, IL; Friday, Dec. 14 at 8:00 pm at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Michigan Ave. at Delaware, Chicago, IL; Saturday, Dec. 15 at 8:00 pm at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL. For tickets and more information visit chicagoacappella.org or call (773) 281-7820.

Chicago a cappella

Chicago a cappella is one of the area’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Spanning a repertoire from Gregorian chant to the Beatles and beyond, the group is presenting its 25th anniversary season under founding Artistic Director Jonathan Miller. This season’s concerts, prepared by Principal Music Director John William Trotter and renowned guest music directors, will be presented at eight venues in the Chicago area. The ensemble has been hailed as “the area’s best unaccompanied group” (Chicago Magazine) and “the city’s liveliest, most versatile vocal ensemble” (Chicago Tribune).

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Calendar Editors, Please Note:
[Category: Performing Arts / Music / Classical Music]
Chicago a cappella: Holidays a cappella: Silver Bells
Fri., 12/07/18, 8:00 pm, Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., Oak Park, IL
Sat., 12/08/18, 8:00 pm, Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL
Sun., 12/09/18, 3:00 pm, St. Clement Church, 642 W. Deming Pl., Chicago, IL
Fri., 12/14/18, 8:00 pm, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Michigan Ave. at Delaware, Chicago, IL
Sat., 12/15/18, 8:00 pm Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL
on the campus of North Central College
Sun., 12/16/18, 3:00 pm, Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL
Tickets: $43 preferred / $35 general / $32 seniors / $20 under 30 / group rates available
[Additional $2 each for tickets purchased at the door]
Tickets: (773) 281-7820 or online at www.chicagoacappella.org
Chicago a cappella is supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; the Illinois Arts Council Agency; a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events; and the Oak Park Area Arts Council, in partnership with the Village of Oak Park and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Chicago Chicago: Annotated Program Notes

Sep 17, 2018

"Chicago, Chicago" with Geoffrey Baer

October 2018

Chicago, Chicago traces the history of our great city through song.  Enjoy this sneak preview of the songs included, along with some historical background for each:

Traditional Fr. Canadian, arr. Miller: C'est l'aviron
This is a song of the French voyageurs who explored the Great Lakes, including what is now Chicago, and traded with Native Americans;  it was sung as early as the 1690s and was one of the most popular songs at the settlement of Michilimackinac, now Mackinac Island.  The song sings of "going up," which is what they called paddling from "Lower Canada" (Montreal and Toronto, along the St. Lawrence) to "Upper Canada" (points west).  Read more about the early fur trade around Chicago.

Traditional, arr. Bustin/Dalglish/Larsen/Miller:  Shawneetown
Before Chicago became a huge metropolis, the way most Anglos traveled to Illinois was down the Ohio River, where they would cross at Shawneetown or Shawnee Ferry.  This is a folksong from the Ohio Valley, telling people about life on the river, floating down and paddling back up to pursue trade, including the narrator's three women in different ports!

Traditional, arr. Zanzig: El-A-Noy
Like any area wanting to grow, Illinois had its early "boosters," who wrote this song painting an idyllic picture of the state's glories.  The verse about the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon visiting the state is hilarious.   Read the complete lyrics to El-a-Noy.

Barry Moore, arr. Nick Page: City of Chicago
The Irish immigrants came in waves following the Great Potato Famine.  This is a recent folksong about the Irish coming to Chicago and what they endured, both on the journey and when they got here.

Johannes Brahms: Die Wollust in den Maien
Germans were one of the major immigrant groups in Chicago's early history. This is a song that would likely have been performed by their many singing societies. 

Spiritual, arr. Allan Koepke: Follow the drinking gourd
The Chicago area, including Maywood and Graue Mill in what is now Hinsdale, were stops on the Underground Railroad. This is a slave song/spiritual that helped to tell runaway slaves how to get across the Ohio River to freedom.

Trad., arr. Shaw/Parker:  Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier
The Civil War hit Chicago hard, as it did the entire nation.  This haunting folk tune laments the men going off to war, including some 36,000 from the Chicago area who enlisted and were sent into battle. 

Samuel Ward and Katharine Lee Bates, arr. Deke Sharon: America the Beautiful
As the city emerged into greatness, this song became an emblem of national pride;  the verse about "alabaster cities' gleam" refers to the White City in the Columbian Exposition of 1892-93.

Sturges/Schleiffarth, arr. Miller:  Song of the Ferris Wheel
George Ferris's wheel constructed at the Columbian Exposition was 30 stories tall and was meant to rival the Eiffel Tower, which had wowed visitors to the Paris World’s Fair four years earlier. This charming waltz celebrated the astounding attraction.

Fred Fisher, arr. Miller: Chicago (That Toddlin' Town)
The great tune popularized by Sinatra gets a new a cappella setting here, including all of the original words.

INTERMISSION

Jerry Troxell, text of Carl Sandburg:  Prayers of Steel
Carl Sandburg wrote odes to skyscrapers, and Jerry Troxell's haunting composition perfectly illuminates Sandburg's awe at beholding the stark urban beauty of Chicago's new downtown area.

arr. Gwyneth Walker:  This Train
The Great Migration of black Southerners to the north between World War I and 1970 was one of the largest movements of a people in history.  Many bought a ticket on the Illinois Central railroad and ended up in Chicago, perhaps with this spiritual in their minds.

Lovie Austin, arr. J. Miller: Chicago Bound Blues
Chicago has become synonymous with the blues.  This is a song written by Chicagoan Lovie Austin and made popular by Bessie Smith, in a new a cappella version, the lament of a woman left behind in Mississippi.

Thomas Dorsey, arr. Sevier: Precious Lord
In the 1930s, Thomas A. Dorsey created gospel music, and this is his most famous song, in a stunning arrangement by Chicago's own Arnold Sevier.

Traditional Mexican, arr. Ramón Noble: Las Manañitas
The large Mexican-American community in Chicago began to grow in earnest after 1910.  This is the traditional song (in the famous arrangement by Ramón Noble) sung at birthdays and celebrations here ever since Mexicans began moving here in the early 20th century.

Traditional Polish, arr. Sykulski: Goralu, czi ci nie zal
Poles immigrating here made Chicago one of the most vital Polish-speaking cities in the world.  This touching folksong reminds us that, despite the thriving community they created, it was hardship that brought those first Poles to our city.

Robert Johnson, arr. Sinozich: Sweet Home Chicago
Blues legend Robert Johnson may have sold his soul to the devil, but not before he gave us this timeless standard, sometimes called the unofficial anthem of Chicago.

Norworth and Von Tilzer, arr. Anne Heider: Take me out to the ballgame
People gotta have fun!  This jaunty setting by Anne Heider incorporates all of Jack Norworth's original lyrics.  Root, root, root for the ... Cubbies? ...White Sox?

Join us October 6-21, 2018, for this remarkable musical tour of The Windy City!  Tickets and information.

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