Watch & Listen: Video

Penny Lane

“Penny Lane” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
arr. Jonathan Rathbone
Audio and video production by Paul Langford

Performed by Chicago a cappella: Ace Gangoso, Michael Hawes, Garrett Johannsen, Joe Labozetta, Katelyn Lee, Kristin Lelm, John Orduña, Cari Plachy, Emily Price, and Sarah Ponder

 

Every Day (I Have the Blues)

“Every Day” (Everyday I Have the Blues) by Memphis Slim (Peter Chatman)
Arranged by Paul Langford, based on the Ernie Wilkins arrangement for Count Basie, and the Lambert, Hendricks and Ross vocalese

Performed by Chicago a cappella
Featuring:
Robert Boone, drums (member of the Count Basie Orchestra since 2017)
Will Matthews, guitar (member of the Count Basie Orchestra since 1996)
Glen Pearson, piano (member of the Count Basie Orchestra since 2018)
Trevor Ware, bass (member of the Count Basie Orchestra since 2015)

Chicago a cappella: Ace Gangoso, Michael Hawes, Garrett Johannsen, Kathryn Kamp, Joe Labozetta, Katelyn Lee, Kristin Lelm, Chelsea Lyons, John Orduña, Cari Plachy, Emily Price

Special thanks: LWMC Studio

 

Go the Distance

“Go the Distance” by Alan Menken and David Zippel
Arranged by Aaron Dale
Performed by Chicago a cappella
Audio by Paul Langford
Video by Michael Hawes

The men of Chicago a cappella: Ace Gangoso, Michael Hawes, Garrett Johannsen, Joe Labozetta, Chaz Lee

 

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” arranged by Paul Langford
Performed by Chicago a cappella
Audio and video production by Paul Langford

Chicago a cappella: Garrett Johannsen, Joe Labozetta, Katelyn Lee, Kristin Lelm, Chelsea Lyons, Trevor Mitchell, John Orduña, Cari Plachy, Emily Price, Kyle Sackett

 

Salseo

“Salseo” by Oscar Galián
Performed by Chicago a cappella
Audio and video production by Paul Langford

 

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Performed by Chicago a cappella

Music by Elton John, lyrics by Bernie Taupin
Arranged by Paul Langford
Audio and video production by Paul Langford

 

What’s Going On

Performed by Chicago a cappella and Student Apprenticeship Alumni
Music and lyrics by Marvin Gaye, Al Cleveland, and Renaldo Benson
Arranged by Jonathan Miller
Audio and video production by Paul Langford

Soloists:  Diamond Arrington, Jordan Avery, Dylan Smith - alumni of Chicago a cappella High School Apprenticeship Program

 

Bridge Over Troubled Water

The women of Chicago a cappella perform “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Paul Simon, arranged by Dorothy Horn.  Audio and video production by Paul Langford.

 

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Chicago a cappella performs “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” by Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, arranged by Paul Langford.

 

Take the ‘A’ Train

An a cappella arrangement of the famous jazz theme of the Duke Ellington Orchestra

 

Who is Chicago a cappella?

Join our acclaimed ensemble as we celebrate our 25th anniversary season.

 

American Anthem

Excerpts of our October 2019 concert, “American Anthem: Songs That Challenge, Unite, and Celebrate”

 

Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby

Louis Jordan’s classic in an arrangement by Patrick Sinozich

 

¡Cantaré! Chicago

¡Cantaré! Chicago is our exciting education program that brings Mexican composers into Chicago schools.

 

Sweet Home Chicago

The popular blues tune, featuring soloist Joe Labozetta

 

The Dueling Tenors

An excerpt from “A Night at the Opera” with Garrett Johannsen and Ace Gangoso

 

Motown Medley

Patrick Sinozich’s arrangement of Motown classics from “The History of Rock and Soul”

 

O Mio Babbino Caro / Seasons of Love

A surprising mash-up from “A Night at the Opera”

 

The History of Rock and Soul on “Chicago Tonight”

Special guest Terri Hemmert and Music Director Patrick Sinozich discuss Chicago a cappella’s new concert “The History of Rock and Soul” (April 2016) on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight”.

 

A Night at the Opera

 

Shakespeare a cappella

Chicago a cappella is joined by actors Greg Vinkler and Barbara Robertson for an evening of innovative and artful a cappella music in commemoration of the 400-year legacy of the Bard.  A highlight is Kevin Olson’s “Summer Sonnet” with soloist Trevor Mitchell.

 

A Cappella en Español

Highlights from “A Cappella en Español,” (Feb. 2015) featuring guest artists Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater

 

Holidays 2014 excerpt

 

All of Me

Chicago a cappella performs at the 2014 Youth Choral Festival

 

In performance

Performance highlights, with excerpts from “Salseo” (Oscar Galián), “Awakenings” (Stephen Paulus), “Sir Duke” (Stevie Wonder), “Gaude Virgo, mater Christi” (Josquin), and “Ubi Caritas” (René Clausen).

 

Save Me, Lord

Chicago a cappella performs “Save Me, Lord!” by Robert L. Morris at their concert “Roll, Jordan, Roll: The Spiritual, Old and New” on Feb. 6, 2010, at Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville, IL. The soprano soloist is Cari Plachy.

 

Blin’ Man

Chicago a cappella performs on Fox News Chicago, singing an excerpt from Paul Carey’s arrangement of “Blin’ Man” from their concert “Wade in the Water.”

 

Drive My Car

Lennon and McCartney’s “Drive My Car,” recorded in concert at Anne and Howard Gottlieb Hall at Merit School of Music, Chicago, Oct. 10,2009

 

Mama Who Bore Me

Chicago a cappella performs “Mama Who Bore Me” (from “Spring Awakening”) by Duncan Sheik and Steven Slater, arranged by Rose Grizzell and Elizabeth Grizzell, Recorded live in concert, April 2012 in Evanston, IL. Soloist: Cari Plachy.

 

Chicago a cappella

Learn more about Chicago a cappella’s past and where we’re headed in the future.

 

Jingle Bells Hallelujah Chorus

Chicago a cappella performs Jonathan Miller’s wacky arrangement of two holiday classics at its “Holidays a cappella” concert at Fourth Presbyterian Church, Dec. 9, 2011.

 

Salve, Regina

From the archives: An excerpt of Chicago a cappella performing Johannes Ockeghem’s “Salve, Regina” in February 2000.

 

Carrying That Tune

A short documentary by Chris Cady

 

Youth Choral Festival 2012

A look at Chicago a cappella’s educational outreach programming, including its inaugural Youth Choral Festival in 2012 and its innovative high school internship program.

 

All About the Women

Highlights of Chicago a cappella’s concert “All About the Women,” featuring Barbara Robertson (April 2012)

 

Behind the Scenes of “All About the Women”

Go behind the scenes of Chicago a cappella’s upcoming concert, “All About the Women,” featuring Jeff Award-winning actress Barbara Robertson. Hear the girls rehearsing, talking about the music in the program, and other fun facts!

 

Meet our 2012-13 High School Interns

Meet all 8 of Chicago a cappella‘s 2012-13 High School Interns! Learn about each student’s background, why they got involved with Chicago a cappella, and the great things they’re doing as a part of our Internship Program. You’ll also hear them rehearsing together!

 

Days of Awe and Rejoicing

A brief preview of our concert and CD, “Days of Awe and Rejoicing: Radiant Gems of Jewish Music”

 

Chicago a cappella and Naperville North High School

Chicago a cappella‘s Business Partnership with Naperville School District 203 continued in Feburary 2010 when they welcomed the Naperville North High School Chorale to join them on stage.

 

Terri Hemmert at “Baroque and Beatles”

WXRT’s Terri Hemmert joined Chicago a cappella‘s Jonathan Miller for a lively post-concert chat following the ensemble’s “Baroque and Beatles” concert in October 2009.  Here’s Terri on discovering the Beatles and making connections between musical styles

 

John Vorrasi Tribute video

In May 2012, we presented our Tribute Award to John Vorrasi, Co-Founder and Artistic and Executive Director of the William Ferris Chorale.

 

Dr. Robert A. Harris Tribute video

In May 2011, we presented our Tribute Award to Dr. Robert A. Harris, director of choral organizations at Northwestern University.

 

WFMT Tribute video

We presented 98.7 WFMT with our Tribute Award in May 2009.

 

Duain Wolfe Tribute video

Chicago a cappella presented this tribute to Chicago Symphony Chorus Director Duain Wolfe, on the occasion of the Chorus’s 50th Anniversary, at the “Black & Red Ball” Gala in May 2008. Video by Chris Baer & Matt Greenberg. Use of some images courtesy of the Rosenthal Archives of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

 

Richard Proulx Tribute video

Chicago choral conductor, composer, and arranger Richard Proulx was the recipient of our Tribute Award in 2007.

 

Anne Heider Tribute video

Chicago a cappella presented the organization’s first Tribute Award to Anne Heider in May 2006.

 

The Red Carpet of Sound

A preview of our February 2011 concert, The Red Carpet of Sound: Musical Pairings, a cappella and with Piano.  The singers welcome Music Director Patrick Sinozich to the stage as guest pianist for a program of musical pairs by nine composers, one a cappella, and one with piano.