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Statement from Chicago a cappella

Jun 29, 2020

Amid our anger and frustration about continuing violence against Black people and our country’s long history of racial inequity, we at Chicago a cappella understand that it is our responsibility to do everything we can to combat racism. The challenge we face as a society calls for action and accountability, rather than simply good intentions. To that end, our Board of Directors has articulated Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a primary organizational goal.  As we embark on this journey toward justice, we pledge to listen to a broad array of voices, approaching the work with humility and open minds. Over the coming months, we will devise a concrete plan of action that will articulate how we will work to advance toward these ideals in our organization and in the wider community. We will be sharing these plans with you, and we invite you—the loyal audience who has fostered our growth through 27 seasons—to share your perspectives on how we can further this mission.

-Chicago a cappella's Board of Directors

Chicago a cappella Board of Directors

“Polish Splendor” bonus tracks

Jun 12, 2020

Two additional songs included in our 2019 concert "Polish Splendor" were not included on the WFMT broadcast.  Enjoy these two live concert recordings below [clicking on the title will launch a new window to play the mp3 files].

1.  "Czerwone jabłuszko," arranged by Jacek Sykulski

The song "Czerwone jabłuszko" is based on a traditional kujawiak dance tune, which is a genre of tunes in 3/4 time from the Kujawy region. The kujawiak usually has a lyrical melody, not too fast, which is danced

with knees slightly bent.  The tune feels very old and probably is. The text is so well suited to the tune that it also feels old, but this is where we get a surprise. The text dates only from the time of World War II. The tune was being played by street musicians in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation, and it was used as a song of warning to alert people in the underground to the presence of spies, collaborators, and “ladies of light morals” who would deal sympathetically with the Germans.  The prolific composer and arranger Jacek Sykulski is the director of the Poznan Boys’ Choir, a well-known ensemble that tours internationally and has a strong reputation for musical excellence. Sykulski has  arranged everything from folk songs to pop tunes, and Chicago a cappella has done several of his works over the past 15 years or so. He has a strong and eclectic stamp to his music, and once he gets onto a musical idea, he pursues it with drive and intensity; one might think of Finland’s Jaakko Mäntyjärvi for a contemporary composer of similar individuality.  The combination of Sykulski’s intensity and the lyrical folk tune give a somewhat dark cast to the experience of the song. The tune migrates among various voice parts; the key changes from time to time; and the frenzied buildup at the end makes one feel that one is whirling in an intense kujawiak rhythm.

2. "Ach, Śpij Kochanie," by Henryk Wars and Ludwik Starski, arranged by Włodzimierz Sołtysik

This popular Polish lullaby was written in 1938 and first performed in the 1938 movie Paweł i Gaweł.  It served as the encore in our February 2019 concert Polish Splendor.

2020-21 Season Concerts

Apr 22, 2020

2020-21 Ticket Packages Now On Sale:  Order Today!

October 2020
Studs Terkel: Music To Our Ears
Program created by Kathryn Kamp | Music direction by John William Trotter

The voice of Chicago’s beloved oral historian and broadcaster Studs Terkel narrates a concert that is inspired by his musical conversations.  With archival audio of Studs and his guests guiding the way, you’ll hear music based on his unforgettable dialogues, from classical and opera, to jazz, gospel, folk and contemporary songs. 

Oak Park:  Saturday, October 17 (8:00 PM) | Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St.
Chicago:  Sunday, October 18 (2:00 PM) | Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.
Naperville:  Friday, October 23 (8:00 PM) | Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave.
Evanston:  Saturday, October 24 (8:00 PM) | Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave.

December 2020
Holidays a cappella
Program created by Joe Labozetta / Music direction by Paul Nicholson

A brand-new collection of musical gifts awaits!  Hear rare choral treasures from Norway, the Republic of Georgia, and Puerto Rico, plus music for Chanukah, the spiritual “Sistah Mary,” and captivating new takes on favorites like “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”  Ensemble member Joe Labozetta has created a program rich with beautiful harmonies, meaningful messages, and energetic fun.

Chicago/Gold Coast: Friday, December 4 (8:00 PM) | Fourth Presbyterian Church, 115 E. Delaware Pl.
Evanston:  Saturday, December 5 (8:00 PM) | Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave.
Oak Park:  Sunday, December 6 (4:00 PM) | Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St.
Naperville:  Friday, December 11 (8:00 PM) | Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave.
Lake Forest:  Saturday, December 12 (7:30 PM) | Church of the Holy Spirit, 400 E. Westminster
Chicago/Lincoln Park:  Sunday, December 13 (4:00 PM) | St. Josaphat Church, 2311 N. Southport Ave.

Winter 2021
A La Mode: The Power of Musical Modality

Program created and music direction by John William Trotter

Delve into sound worlds both familiar and exotic, and discover how mood, color, and character shift as we travel through the musical modes.  Experience the tonal palettes of ancient melodies and sea chants, medieval hymns and Renaissance motets, beloved folk songs and jazz classics.  From Bruckner to the Beatles, from Schütz to “Sweet Home Alabama,” you’ll feel the power of modality in unexpected ways at this rousing musical event.

Chicago:  Saturday, January 30 (7:30 PM) | Allen Recital Hall/DePaul University, 2330 N. Halsted St.
Oak Park:  Sunday, January 31 (4:00 PM) | Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St.
Naperville:  Friday, February 5 (8:00 PM) | Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave.
Evanston:  Saturday, February 6 (8:00 PM) | Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave.

April 2021
Swing, Swing, Swing
Program created by Patrick Sinozich / Music direction by Paul Langford

Travel back to the age of zoot suits and the Lindy hop, as our singers take on the irresistible rhythms and sentimental ballads of the 1930s and 40s.  You’ll hear great songs by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and more, in exciting new arrangements made just for us.  Take a “Sentimental Journey” and join us for some “Stompin’ at the Savoy”!

Evanston:  Friday, April 16 (8:00 PM) | Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave.
Oak Park:  Sunday, April 18 (4:00 PM) | Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St.
Naperville:  Saturday, April 24 (8:00 PM) | Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago:  Sunday, April 25 (4:00 PM) | Epiphany Center for the Arts, 201 S. Ashland Ave.

Raffle rules

Apr 9, 2020

Official Raffle Rules

Winners need not be present. For each raffle donation of $20 you receive one entry. For a $50 donation, you receive three entries. To enter by mail, send check payable to "Chicago a cappella" to Chicago a cappella. 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60657.  Your ticket will be entered into the drawing upon receipt of donation.

Not responsible for lost, late, illegible, mis-delivered or misdirected entries. Winners will be selected at a random drawing on May 16, 2020, from all eligible entries received by the deadline of May 15, 2020. Decisions of judges are final. Winners will be notified by telephone or email. Approximate odds of winning are dependent on the number of entries received. No portion of the raffle ticket purchase is tax-deductible. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. No substitution or transfer of prize permitted. All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. All federal, state and local laws apply.

No purchase/donation necessary. To enter without making a donation, on a plain piece of 3" x 5" paper, print your name, address, telephone number, and the words, "Chicago a cappella 2020 raffle." Mail your entry to the address listed below.  Donation to Chicago a cappella does not improve chances of winning.

Raffle sponsored by Chicago a cappella, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL, 60657, (773) 281-7820.

Options for ticketholders to “Swing, Swing, Swing’ [CANCELLED]

Mar 18, 2020

  1. We hope you will consider donating the cost of your tickets towards the support of our singers and our entire organization during this unprecedented shutdown. Your support at this difficult time will help ensure we can continue bringing you music in the future and will mitigate the economic impact for those most affected by the cancellation. To receive an acknowledgment of your tax-deductible donation, please contact us via email at info@chicagoacpapella.org or call (773) 281-7820 x1.
     
  2. You may instead request a credit to use toward a 2020-21 subscription or ticket purchase for a regular subscription series concert. To request a credit, contact us via email at info@chicagoacpapella.org or call (773) 281-7820 x1.  We request that you notify us of this request no later than April 30, 2020.
     
  3. Finally, refund requests will be honored through April 30, 2020. To request a refund, contact us via email at info@chicagoacpapella.org or call (773) 281-7820 x1.  Your request should include your name (the name used for the original order), mailing address, and your “Swing” concert date/location.  Refunds will be made according to your original payment method (credit card or check). For credit card refunds, please allow up to a week for your order to be processed.  For check refunds, please allow three weeks to receive a check by mail. Please note that our phone line will be monitored remotely, so while you may not be able to speak to someone right away, we will acknowledge your message and be in touch if further information is needed.

We are also deeply grateful for your financial support through a tax-deductible donation.  Although we have cancelled all events through the end of our season, we are committed to providing compensation to our singers and directors, and the loss of ticket income means your donations are more important than ever.  Thank you for your support.

Fiesta Coral Mexicana Playlist

Jul 30, 2019

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

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
encore:  Deck the Hall   arr. Gene Puerling

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   Karlin/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
encore: Ach, Spij Kochanie   Henryk Wars and Ludwik Starski, arr. Wlodzimierz Soltysik
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