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CHICAGO - The acclaimed vocal ensemble Chicago a cappella will delve into the rich diversity of Jewish composers at their season-opening concerts, Funny, That Doesn’t Sound Jewish. Spanning four centuries, the program features works by Salamone Rossi, Mendelssohn, Bernstein, Irving Berlin, and Chicago-area composers including Max Janowski and Stacy Garrop. Prepared by Principal Music Director John William Trotter, Chicago a cappella will present the U.S premiere of the mixed choir version of Garrop’s piece “Give Me Hunger,” originally composed for the renowned vocal group Chanticleer.  With songs and styles ranging from opera and oratorio to Yiddish song and Broadway standards like Berlin’s “They Say It’s Wonderful,” the concert explores the dynamic influences of religion and society on composers whose music does —and doesn’t—sound Jewish.

Funny, That Doesn’t Sound Jewish will take place Sunday, Oct. 8 at 4:00 pm at Congregation Beth Shalom, 772 W. 5th Avenue, Naperville, IL; Saturday, Oct. 14 at 8:00 pm at K.A.M. Isaiah Israel, 1100 E. Hyde Park Boulevard, Chicago, IL; Sunday, Oct. 15 at 4:00 pm at West Suburban Temple Har Zion, 1040 N. Harlem Avenue, River Forest, IL; Sunday, Oct. 22 at 4:00 pm at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL. For tickets and information, visit or call (773) 281-7820.

Stacy Garrop and Other Chicago-Area Composers

“I was inspired by Chicago a cappella to seek out Sandburg,” says composer Stacy Garrop, who heard Chicago a cappella perform a setting of Sandburg’s poem “Prayers of Steel” in 2011.  “It is wonderful that what began at a Chicago a cappella concert will now come full circle, and I’ll get to hear the ensemble sing Sandburg again, this time with my music behind it.” The concert also features Garrop’s joyous, rollicking arrangement of “Hava Nagila,” commissioned by Chicago a cappella for its 15th anniversary in 2008. Additionally, the set program includes works by Chicago-area composers such as Max Janowski, the longtime Music Director of K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation; College of DuPage Director of Choral Music Lee Kesselman; and Chicago a cappella Founder and Artistic Director Jonathan Miller.

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).


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[Category: Performing Arts / Music / Classical Music]

Chicago a cappella: Funny, That Doesn’t Sound Jewish
Sun., 10/08/17, 4:00 pm, Congregation Beth Shalom, 772 W. 5th Avenue, Naperville, IL
Sat., 10/14/17, 8:00 pm, K.A.M. Isaiah Israel, 1100 E Hyde Park Boulevard, Chicago, IL
Sun., 10/15/17, 4:00 pm, West Suburban Temple Har Zion, 1040 N. Harlem Avenue, River Forest, IL
Sun., 10/22/17, 4:00 pm, Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL
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

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