The History of Rock and Soul, Part 2 Program List

Feb 19, 2018

Don't Stop Fleetwood Mac Christine McVie
Both Sides Now Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell
How Sweet It Is James Taylor Holland-Dozier-Holland
I Feel the Earth Move Carole King Carole King
Roundabout Yes Jon Anderson, Steve Howe
Midnight Train to Georgia Gladys Knight & the Pips Jim Weatherly
Love Train The O'Jays Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff
Theme from Shaft Isaac Hayes Isaac Hayes
Your Song Elton John Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Reelin' In the Years Steely Dan Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor Freddie Perren, Dino Fekaris
She Works Hard for the Money Donna Summer Donna Summer, Michael Omartian
Three Little Birds Bob Marley Bob Marley
Wonderful World, Beautiful People Jimmy Cliff Jimmy Cliff
Blitzkrieg Bop The Ramones Joey Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Tommy Ramone
And She Was Talking Heads David Byrne
Celebration Kool and the ganag Kool and the gang
Born This Way Lady Gaga Lady Gaga, Jeppe Laursen

Love Stories Press Release

Jan 4, 2018


CHICAGOChicago a cappella takes audiences inside the warm and intimate relationship of a long-time married couple at the ensemble’s upcoming program, Love Stories. With an original script by Jeff Award-winning playwright Tom Mula, veteran Chicago actors Karen Janes Woditsch and Michael Weber join the acclaimed singers of Chicago a cappella for a touching journey through the layers of love, from red-hot passion to wistful melancholy and beauty in the everyday.  Along the way, the music ranges from Italian madrigal and Spanish flamenco to “My Funny Valentine” and the jazz standard “Fever.” The compelling intimacy of this ever-eclectic concert will make an unforgettable musical Valentine.

Love Stories will take place Saturday, Feb. 10 at 8:00 pm at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL; Sunday, Feb. 11 at 4:00 pm at Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th St., Chicago, IL (Hyde Park); Friday, Feb. 16 at 8:00 pm at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., Oak Park, IL; and Saturday, Feb. 17 at 8:00 pm at Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave, Naperville, IL, on the campus of North Central College. For tickets and more information visit or call (773) 281-7820.

A Poetic Musical Feast

The ten singers of Chicago a cappella, prepared by Principal Music Director John William Trotter, will demonstrate their stylistic breadth at the group’s upcoming concert, Love Stories. Audiences will hear musical illustrations of love by 16th century master Claudio Monteverdi; Broadway greats Rodgers and Hammerstein; and living composers Morten Lauridsen, Evanston’s Stacy Garrop, and the ensemble’s artistic director Jonathan Miller. With songs featuring texts by Shakespeare, Rilke, and Edna St. Vincent Millay, the singers bring deeper expression to a poignant love story filled with wit and humor in this unique melding of theater and music.

Karen Janes Woditsch and Michael Weber

Karen Janes Woditsch is a Jeff-award winning actor whose accomplished career holds roots in Chicago. She has appeared with the acclaimed Writers Theatre in Glencoe in over 20 productions. Additionally, she performed the role of Julia Child in the world-premiere of To Master the Art originally produced at Timeline Theatre and later at the Broadway Playhouse, earning her a Jeff nomination. Additional acting credits include performances with Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Court Theatre, and more. TV credits include Patriot, Chicago PD, Runner and Crisis. Film credits: Bad Johnson and American Fable.

Michael Weber is the Artistic Director of Porchlight Music Theatre and previously served as Artistic Director for the inaugural season of Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place and at Theatre at the Center.  Acting credits include Annie Get Your Gun and Gypsy (both starring Patti LuPone) at Ravinia, appearances with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, Cleveland Playhouse, and more.  Weber directed Jeff nominated productions for Best Production-Musical that include: Sweeny Todd, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Pal Joey, Assassins, Side Show, Grand Hotel and She Loves Me. Weber is proud to serve as a pledge host on WTTW, Channel 11.

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 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 eleven 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).


Calendar Editors, Please Note:
[Category: Performing Arts / Music / Classical Music]
Chicago a cappella: Love Stories
Sat., 2/10/18, 8:00 pm, Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL
Sun., 2/11/18, 4:00 pm, Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL (Hyde Park)
Fri., 2/16/18, 8:00 pm, Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St., Oak Park, IL
Sat., 2/17/18, 8:00 pm, Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL, on the campus of North Central College
Tickets: $43 preferred / $35 general / $30 seniors / $15 students / group rates available
[Additional $2 each for tickets purchased at the door]
Tickets: (773) 281-7820 or online at
This program is generously supported by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation and the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation. Chicago a cappella is also supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; the Oak Park Area Arts Council, in partnership with the Villages of Oak Park, Forest Park and River Forest; and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.

Love Stories Program List

Dec 18, 2017

Bay mir bistu sheyn   Shalom Secunda, arr. Zuckerman
Getting to Know You/Surrey with the Fringe on Top   Rodgers & Hammerstein, arr. Sinozich
Something's Gotta Give   Johnny Mercer, arr. Sinozich
Volgea L'anima mia Soavemente   Claudio Monteverdi
Thy Two Breasts (from Kisses of Myrrh)   Jonathan Miller
Rosa Maria   Camaron De la Isla (Jose Monje Cruz), and Paco de Lucia
My love is as a fever   Håkan Parkman
Fever   Davenport & Cooley, arr. Sharon
A Summer Sonnet   Kevin Olson
Te quiero   Alberto Favero, arr. Cangiano
La rose complète   Morten Lauridsen
What lips my lips have kissed   Stacy Garrop
There Will Never Be Another You   Gordon/Warren; arr. Jalkeus/Edenroth
God Only Knows   Wilson & Love; arr. Bergquist
My Funny Valentine   Rodgers & Hart, arr. Krogstad

Holidays a cappella 2017 Press Release

Nov 29, 2017


CHICAGO— Chicago a cappella illuminates December with more familiar tunes than ever before at their beloved Holidays a cappella concerts. Guest Music Director Paul Langford brings his vibrant talents as a pop music director and producer to his own arrangement of American folk group Peter, Paul & Mary’s “Light One Candle.” Langford also gives new life to holiday favorites with fresh arrangements of five beloved carols, all heard in their Chicago premieres. Along with Chanukah melodies, Christmas spirituals, and more, Chicago a cappella will bringaudiences the gorgeous voices and intimate blend that have made Holidays a cappella a Chicago musical tradition.
Chicago a cappella will perform the U.S.  premiere of “Gdy śliczna Panna,” composed by Pawel Lukaszeweski,five-time Fryderyk winner (Polish equivalent of U.S. Grammy award). Other international melodies include worksfrom Mexico, Russia, and Canada.

Holidays a cappella will take place Friday, Dec. 8 at 8:00 pm at Wentz Concert Hall on the campus of North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL; Saturday, Dec. 9, 8:00 pm at Fourth Presbyterian Church located on Michigan Ave. at Delaware, Chicago, IL (Gold Coast); Sunday, Dec. 10 at 4:00 pm at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago, IL (Hyde Park); Friday, Dec. 15 at 8:00 pm at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL; Saturday Dec. 16 at 8:00 pm at St. Clement Church, 642. W. Deming Pl., Chicago, IL (Lincoln Park), Sunday, Dec. 17 at 4:00 pm at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake. St., Oak Park, IL. For ticketsand information, visit or call (773) 281-7820.

Polish Composer Pawel Lukaszewski

“It was a throwback day for sure, to be able to do that in Poland! Poland has something the U.S. mostly no longer has —a store where you can sit and pull scores off the shelf and browse to your hearts delight. I bought about 40 scores that day for Chicago a cappella to consider for future concerts,” said Founder and Artistic Director Jonathan Miller. Miller recently traveled to Poland to study and engage with Polish composers about their works. During his trip, Miller spent time with Pawel Lukaszewski, whose work “Gdy śliczna Panna” is featured in Holidays a cappella. Lukaszewski’s five-time Fryderyk wins (equivalent of the U.S. Grammys) have gained him significant visibility in Europe, particularly in the UK where several choral ensembles have commissioned him to write new works. He currently serves as vice–rector and a professor of composition at Fryderyk ChopinAcademy in Warsaw.


Chicago a cappella is one of the area’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Spanning a repertoirefrom Gregorian chant to the Beatles and beyond, the group is presenting its 25th 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 eleven 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).

Artistic Director Transition

Oct 5, 2017

Looking Ahead to 25 Years and Beyond

In the next two or three seasons, you will see a transition as Chicago a cappella identifies an Artistic Director to succeed Jonathan Miller in that role. Jonathan will always be our founder, advisor and friend, as he is to so many of you who have watched CAC grow through the years. At his own request, Jonathan will be stepping back from responsibilities for programming and artistic supervision.  With deep gratitude for the legacy Jonathan has created, the board of directors will undertake a search for his successor.  Jonathan will continue in his role during the transition, allowing us to meet this challenge in a strategic and collaborative way.  

As we approach our 25th anniversary season in 2018, we have many exciting plans ahead and a wonderful history on which to build.  We are looking forward to sharing the next stage of our organization with you in the years ahead!

Program list for ¡Cantare! Chicago

May 5, 2017

Musical works on ¡Cantare! Chicago community concert (May 2017)

Cantos de Primavera (Songs of Spring)   Music: Diana Syrse Valdes
text: Nezahualcoyotl, adapted by the composer

Chicago a cappella High School Intern Ensemble
Ace Gangoso & Susan Schober, directors

Honor Y Gloria-Vals*   Music: Rogrido Cadet, adapted from a traditional Mexican folk tune
Hubbard High School Band
Dave Stahlberg, director
El Pajaro Carpintero*   Music: Rodrigo Cadet, Folk lyrics

El Tejon (Quebradita)*


Music: Rodrigo Cadet, Folk lyrics

Pilsen Community Academy
Bruce Cuscaden, music teacher

Siete Haiku (Movements I, III, V, VII)

  Music: Jorge Cordoba

Chicago a cappella High School Intern Ensemble

La Calavera*   Music: Rodrigo Cadet, Folk lyrics
El Fandanguerito*   Music: Rodrigo Cadet, Folk lyrics
Horizon Science Academy – McKinley Park
Amy Bearden and Jamie Kovatch, music teachers

Prehispanic Landscape*

  Music: Rodrigo Cadet, Folk lyrics

Danzon del Querer*

  Music: Rodrigo Cadet, Folk lyrics

Hubbard High School Choir
Sharon Quattrin Campagna, director

Las Mañanitas   Traditional Mexican; arr. Rámon Noble
Este, ques ves, engaño colorido*   Music: Rodrigo Cadet,
Text: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Bésame mucho   Consuelo Velázquez, arr. José Galván
Chicago a cappella
Benjamin Rivera, Guest Music Director
¡CANTARE!   Music and Lyrics: Jesus Echevarria
Combined Ensembles

* Premiere performance of newly-commissioned work

Ted Fishman’s New Verses to “Modern Major-General”

Apr 26, 2017

Bestselling author Ted Fishman contributed new verses to Gilbert & Sullivan's "Modern Major-General" for our recent concerts, A Night at the Opera.   In case you missed a word or two, here they are!

Verse 2

My iPhone 8 phonates in French, my car intones like Judy Dench,
My PayPal can rupees dispense, YouTube taught me the Allen wrench
I am serene assembling IKEA’s (BJORNFLUNG) FJÄLKINGE bench
When Uber’s late I send it hence because I am an Übermensch.
I’m well aware a cappella’s more than doo wop and barbershop,
that on Broadway founding fathers are beatboxers who sing hiphop,
I can manage without orchestra in Wagner’s Lohengrin,
In Nessun Dorma I can be a Chinese prince in Italian!

CHORUS: In Nessun Dorma he can be a Chinese prince in Italian...”)

Then I can order sushi by their names ichthyologically,
Because I have an app that augments my brain technologically.
In short, in matters vegetable, animal and mineral,
I am the very model of a modern Major-General.



In fact, when I know what is meant by “fake-ed news”; “debate-ed views,”
When I flip cable channels ‘tween O’Reilly reds and Maddow blues,
When such affairs as Wikileaks and testy Tweets I’m wary at,
And when I know if China gets the welcome mat or baseball bat,
When I help Madigan and Rauner act less like begrudge-ed pills,
When I have learnt how Illinois can pass in-balance budget bills:
Since I don’t see much relevance in data sets or news events,
You’ll say I’d make an able aide to state leaders and presidents!

CHORUS: You’ll say he’d make an able aid to state leaders and presidents…

All my cultural literacy is gained from friends who think like me,
and my knowledge of the law comes from Judge Judy on TV; 
At base I am an animal, as brainy as a mackerel,
I am a major model of a very modern imbecile.

CHORUS: At base he is an animal, as brainy as mackerel He is a major model of a very modern imbecile.

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.

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).

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