Program List for Funny, That Doesn’t Sound Jewish

Jul 27, 2017

Musical works on Funny, That Doesn't Sound Jewish (October 2017)

Kaddish Shaleym   Salamone Rossi
Dirmi che piú non ardo    
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Good Friday psalm   Felix Mendelssohn
Duet from Elijah    
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Missa Morus (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus/Ben., Agnus)   Elliot Levine
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Haynt iz Purim, brider   Mordkhe Rivesman/Abraham Goldfaden
Steppin' Out with my Baby   Irving Berlin
They Say It's Wonderful    
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Give Me Hunger   Stacy Garrop
Hava Nagila    
"Soave é il vento" from Cosi fan Tutte   Lorenzo da Ponte/ Wolfgang Mozart
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Be thou my vision   Lee Kesselman
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Mi Shebeirach   Joshua Fishbein
A Prep-School Boy    
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Let him kiss me   Jonathan Miller
Celtic Chassidic Kaddish    
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Free At Last   Max Janowski
Sim Shalom    
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Almighty Father   Leonard Bernstein

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.

Special performance in Lake Forest - April 20

Apr 18, 2017

Chicago a cappella brings its program "A Night at the Opera" to the Lake Forest College Lyrica series on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 7:30 PM.  

Favorite opera melodies take center stage in this entertaining and inventive new concert created by ensemble member Kathryn Kamp.  Familiar overtures and arias are re-imagined for our a cappella ensemble, and we’ll have some laughs with opera parodies, Gilbert & Sullivan silliness, Broadway rock operas, and much more.  The opera house has never been so much fun!

Tickets and more information

Silent Auction Highlight: Big Sky Country Getaway

Apr 7, 2017

Place your bid today for a getaway to this glorious mountain retreat.  Big Sky Resort is the basecamp to Yellowstone and the perfect headquarters for mountain adventures.  

This five-bedroom, 4.5-bath handcrafted cabin easily accommodates two families (approx. 12 people) and offers a roomy floor plan, modern amenities, and old world charm. 

Located in southwest Montana a short drive from Bozeman Int’l Airport, this beautiful resort property features a cozy stone fireplace, private outdoor hot tub, and full kitchen all nested in the pines on the flanks of Lone Peak.  Access skiing via secluded trails and bridges or enjoy hiking, golf, mountain biking, or a scenic lift ride.  The incomparable beauty of the Rocky Mountains offers the perfect memory-making vacation!

Available: November 18-25, 2017; May 12-19, 2018; or July 21-28, 2018

Place your bid on our Gala website, and good luck!

Silent Auction Highlight: San Miguel de Allende

Apr 4, 2017

Place your bid today for this amazing vacation home: seven nights at a private three-bedroom home in the stunning cultural paradise of Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende.  The colonial-era UNESCO World Heritage city is known for its baroque Spanish architecture, charming cobblestone streets, and thriving arts and culture scene.

Your home sleeps six; each of three bedrooms (one with a comfortable sofa bed) has its own ensuite bath.  This is perfect house for a family or two or three couples.

Living spaces are grouped around patios with lots of outdoor space, including a large third floor terrace with wonderful city views.  Your home even includes the services of an English-speaking maid/cook!


You are a 10-20 minute walk or a short cab ride from over 125 art galleries, world class restaurants, and fascinating historic sites, museums, markets, and theaters, and the temperate high desert climate makes the city pleasant year-round.

Available dates:

June 1 to July 11, 2017 - includes the 4th of July; this is high season and the weather is amazing.

September 1 to October 4, 2017 - includes Labor day; again high season and beautiful weather

November 18 to December 16, 2017 - includes Thanksgiving; weather is still good!


Place your bid on our Gala website and good luck!

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
“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
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


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.

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