Are you creative?  Take the survey!

Feb 7, 2011

We know Chicago a cappella audiences and friends are creative folks:  singers, artists, chefs, designers, arts professionals, and architects.  If you engage in a creative activity for as a job or a hobby, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events wants to hear from you.  Take this brief survey, and help them learn more about what the City can do to foster creativity. Your participation will provide a crucial benchmark with which to measure the future growth of our creative economy and community.

They’d like to hear from every creative Chicagoan, so pass the word on to your friends and colleagues. But hurry, the suvey is open only until February 28.

Take the Creative Chicago Survey.

In Memoriam

Dec 14, 2010

Friend of the Year: Bob Fashingbauer

We sadly bid farewell to our dear friend Bob Fashingbauer, who passed away December 5 in Chicago.  We were lucky to be one of the many organizations that benefited from Bob's tireless work as a volunteer usher for the Saints and the classical music coordinator for that organization.  This past May, we honored Bob and the Saints with our Friend of the Year award.  Read our tribute.

Thank you, friend.

Your Favorite Sinatra Song

Nov 16, 2010

We have selected the theme for next spring’s benefit event, and it’s one you won’t want to miss: Simply Sinatra.  Chicago a cappella will sing great a cappella arrangements of standards made famous by Ol’ Blue Eyes.  And you’ll enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and the glory of the Chicago Cultural Center’s Tiffany dome and fabulous mosaic. It all takes place Thursday, May 12, 2011.  Save the date!

Tickets will be available soon, and we’ll let you know when they go on sale.  In the meantime, we’re planning the set list!  Post a comment below to let us know your favorite Sinatra tune.

Help us choose our encore!

Oct 27, 2010

Holidays a cappella will include music from around the world and from many different styles and traditions.  We like all of it so much, it’s hard to choose an encore!  Something fun and upbeat?  Meditative and inspiring?  A new showpiece?  An old favorite?

Help us out by giving us your ideas…you just might have a hand in programming the concert! 

For some ideas, you can listen to some audio samples here, and read more details about the program in the press release.  Then post a comment below with your suggestion for the encore!

New Program Development and Recording Fund is seeded by quarter million dollar gift

Sep 22, 2010

Chicago a cappella has launched a new Program Development and Recording Fund, a project that will support the ensemble’s concert productions, new recordings, and commissions of new works.  We have received a lead gift of $250,000 from the Klaff Family Foundation, as the major step toward our goal of raising $500,000 by end of our 20th season in 2013.  We are thrilled by this opportunity to secure our organization's future.  Read more about it in this press release.

New logo, new look

Jun 11, 2010

Chicago a cappella unveiled its new logo on May 20, the day before its brand new website was launched.  Together, the logo and website mark a new chapter for the ensemble, providing a fresh look and a clean, easy-to-use online experience.  The site features dozens of free audio samples as well as video, online ticketing and donation functions.  The entire project was supported by a grant from the Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development and carried out by the team at Mightybytes, Inc.  Special thanks to ensemble member Kathryn Kamp and website manager Chris Baer, whose expertise guided the project.   We hope you enjoy our new look and have fun exploring our new site!

Some Enchanted Evening

May 21, 2010

Thank you to everyone who made our gala benefit event on May 20, Some Enchanted Evening, such a wonderful success.  Our guests enjoyed beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, along with hors d'oeuvres from Whole Foods, wines from House Red, desserts from Give Me Some Sugah, and a fabulous silent auction and raffle, all under the Tiffany dome of the Chicago Cultural Center.  It was truly a grand night for singing!

Live performance from WFMT

Apr 23, 2010

On April 20, Chicago a cappella gave an "Impromptu" performance from the studios of 98.7 WFMT Radio.  The live broadcast featured highlights from the group's spring concert, The Birds and The Bees.

2010-2011 season announced

Apr 16, 2010

Chicago a cappella's 2010-2011 season will hold four new concerts, each performed in all four community locations. Subscribers get four tickets which they may use in any combination among these 16 performances, plus a guest voucher good for one additional free ticket to any performance.  Subscribers also have free exchange privileges and receive invitations to Behind the Scenes events and other special programs. 

Read more about next season's concerts, and subscribe today!

Special Olympics Benefit

Apr 10, 2010

Chicago a cappella performed at "You Raise Me Up," special concert event benefitting Special Olympics of Northern Illinois, on April 10, 2010.   The performance was hosted by the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale and drew over 700 people to College Church in Wheaton for an inspiring and uplifting afternoon of music. 








photo by Rich Malec

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