Celebrate the music of Christmas in diverse and powerful ways in one amazing concert! On December 17th, at 7:30 p.m., the Community Renewal Chorus, along with the choirs of St. Alphonsus, will present “From London to Chicago: A Christmas Concert.”
Hear Benjamin Britten’s beloved Ceremony of Carols accompanied by harp, and Gerald Finzi’s In Terra Pax, accompanied by string orchestra, harp, and percussion. The Finzi work has been described as “a miniature masterpiece that unites the familiar events of the Christmas story into a compelling musical narrative that is at once personal and universal.”1
Of course, you will also delight in carol arrangements old and new, from Gospel spirituals to Fry’s Christmas in Chicago.
This is a must-see concert!
1 Bawden, John, http://www.choirs.org.uk/prognotes/Finzi In Terra Pax.htm
Get On Your Feet: Music of Love, Peace and Action!
The Community Renewal Chorus’s 47th annual benefit concert, taking place on May 20 and 21. Brian Bloye, Director
Blending classic motets, rousing spirituals, and contemporary favorites, The Community Renewal Chorus (CRC) weaves a musical narrative of the diversity that makes our nation great with Get on Your Feet: Songs of Peace, Love, and Action.
Concerts are 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church (405 S Euclid Ave, Oak Park, IL) and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, 2017, at St. Alphonsus Church (1429 W. Wellington Avenue, Chicago, IL).
Join Director Brian Bloye and the CRC in their mission “to promote and celebrate diversity, equality, peace and justice through music.” Revisit texts from Thomas Jefferson, revel in the mysticism of Ola Gjello, and sing songs from the Civil Rights Movement. Experience the eternal hopefulness of the American spirit through the music of Moses Hogan, Burt Bacharach, and the Miami Sound Machine. Let the music embolden you to love your neighbor as yourself and inspire you to get on your feet and take action!
Ring in the holiday season as The Community Renewal Chorus explores musical tradition and contemporary reimaginings of the Christmas Story in To Certain Poor Shepherds.
Saturday, December 17, 2016 @ 7:30PM
Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church
405 S. Euclid Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
Street parking available
Sunday, December 18, 2016 @ 7:30PM
St. Alphonsus Church
1429 W. Wellington Avenue
Chicago IL 60657 Paid parking behind the church or across the street tothe south of the Athenaeum Theater
Under the direction of Brian Bloye, To Certain Poor Shepherds combines voices with strings and percussion to continue CRC’s mission “to promote and celebrate diversity, equality, peace and justice through music.” Works by Charpentier and Schubert and carol arrangements from the Renaissance to Gospel offer thoughtful reflection on the nativity, while beloved standbys like “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” proclaim the joy of the season.
Admission is $20 ($15 Senior Citizens and Students). Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Come join us as we celebrate the life, music, and message of Harriet Ziegenhals, and deliver her powerful message that bringing together singers and audiences from diverse backgrounds can foster mutual understanding and create a more peaceful world.
Featured as we join together with instruments will be favorites written and arranged by Harriet Ziegenhals that have healed and united a divided City for over four decades “The Joy of Us All,” “A Time to Celebrate,” “Praise God in the City,” and “When In Our Music God is Glorified,” and songs of peace spanning multiple musical styles, time periods, and regions of the world.
Tickets are $20, and a special Memorial Reception will follow the June 5 concert.
And as we minister to human need, the homeless shelter and the hungry feed
The day of justice, peace and hope to speed, Sing Alleluia!
We come together in community made stronger by our rich diversity!
To weave a vibrant urban tapestry: Alleluia. Alleluia!
–Taken from “When in Our Music God is Glorified” Arranged by Harriet Ziegenhals