Windy City Gay Chorus and Aria present "Wholly Family", a holiday concert full of love, hope & power

Windy City Performing Arts kicks off its 34th season with a holiday concert, "Wholly Family", Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8:00 p.m. & Sunday, Dec. 2 at 2:00 p.m. at Senn Hall in Chicago. $20 General Admission. Order tickets online at windycitysings.org.
 
 
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Nov. 17, 2012 - PRLog -- From the very first note, the choruses embrace a diversity of international musical styles set to the season, welcoming you to their home through a family of languages ranging from English, Latin, and Yiddish to the Kituba dialect — as performed in the opening selection "Noel," arranged by Brad Holmes. The choruses will also bring to life the Appalachian traditions of shape-note singing in Holmes' arrangement of "Weeping Mary." Sounds of modern barbershop harmonies (including spectacular staging and movement!) will be heard in one of the most tightly arranged versions of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" that you'll ever hear sung by a male chorus. And familiar tunes are served up with a rhythmic twist by Aria in a du-wop influenced "Santa Baby" and a 5/4 jazz tempo "Five-Sided S'vivon". They'll play side-by-side with the traditional German romanticism of Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria", sung by Windy City Gay Chorus to expand your musical horizons.

Aria will warm you up with "Hot Chocolate" from Polar Express, a song that's sure to entertain you—with a sweet surprise! And you're in for a merry welcome to our WCPA family as WCGC invites you to "make our home your home for the holidays," singing Scott Henderson's "You're Home for the Holidays."

As we set the stage for a more traditional celebration of the Holy Family, WCGC will sing "Sure On This Shining Night" by beloved composer Morten Lauridsen, while Aria will challenge you to expand your thinking, inviting people of various religions and philosophies to celebrate the holidays with them in "The Christians and The Pagans," made popular by feminist songwriter Dar Williams. And Aria's rendition of Joni Mithchell's "River" is sure to be a highlight of the concert.

WCGC will honor World Aids Day with a commemoration to those who are no longer with us to celebrate the holidays in the beautiful modern piece "I Shall Miss Loving You" by Kris Anthony. The poignant text reminds us of the partners, friends, and family we've lost — and although they're no longer with us to celebrate the holidays, they live on in our hearts as we sing "I will miss missing, loving, you."

You won't want to miss WCGC's performance of David Friedman's "The Truth About Christmas" a song that, while acknowledging some coming-of-age "realities" we all must face about Christmas — reminds us to never give up on the hopes and dreams we wish for at the holidays. And a powerful performance of "Not in Our Town," composed by Fred Small and arranged by Kevin Robison, movingly illustrates that the one thing we don't tolerate in our family is intolerance.

We look forward to welcoming you to our home for the holidays where we're truly a modern Wholly Family, full of love, hope, and power, as sung in "In This Very Room" by Ron & Carol Harris. And while you're here, we'll invite you to join with us in singing some holiday favorites, including selections celebrating Kwanzaa and Hanukah!
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