Holiday Concert – I Heard the Bells – December 9, 2018 at 7:30pm

Community Renewal Chorus Holiday Concert - I Heard the Bells on December 9, 2018 at 7:30pm

Come to the Community Renewal Chorus’s Holiday concert, I Heard the Bells: Music of Hope, Joy and Peace on Sunday, December 9 at 7:30pm at:

St. Alphonsus Church

1429 W. Wellington Avenue
Chicago IL 60657

The concert features the Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio with orchestra and I Heard the Bells by Jay Rouse (words by Henry W. Longfellow), and many beloved carols for all to sing!

 Admission Free – Donations Welcome.

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Spring Concert – A Peaceable Kingdom – Sunday, April 29

Come to the Community Renewal Chorus’s Spring concert, A Peacable Kingdom on Sunday, April 29 at 3pm at:

Euclid Avenue Methodist Church
405 S. Euclid Ave.
Oak Park, IL

The concert features Randall Thompson’s The Peaceable Kingdom, as well as sprituals, canticles and songs that entertain and challenge!


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Holiday Concert – From London to Chicago – Sunday, December 17, 2017

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, In Terra Pax.htm

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Get On Your Feet – May 20 and 21, 2017

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!

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Winter Concert – To Certain Poor Shepherds – December 17 & 18, 2016

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.

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