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).


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