Holiday Concert – December 8, 2019

Poster for the Community Renewal Chorus's Holiday Concert on December 8, 2019

Join the Community Renewal Chorus (CRC) for its 49th annual holiday concert! Lully, Lullay features CRC’s signature musical variety of Gospel spirituals, music from the Renaissance, sacred carols, and seasonal favorites. A new Christmas Cantata by composer and director Brian Bloye examines the Christmas story through an array of ancient texts set to new music. The CRC holiday concert has become a tradition essential to the season!

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Our holiday concert is at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 8, 2019, at St. Alphonsus Church (1429 W. Wellington Avenue, Chicago, IL).

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Tickets can be purchased at for $20 in advance or at the door for $25 ($15 Seniors and Students).  

About the Community Renewal Chorus

Founded in 1970, the Community Renewal Chorus is a not-for-profit organization joining communities of singers from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area to celebrate the music of different cultures while sharing a message of hope and harmony. CRC embraces diversity and seeks to promote understanding among individuals of all traditions, beliefs, and backgrounds through the beauty of music. Active in Chicago’s musical life for almost 50 years, CRC has performed over 500 concerts across the U.S. and internationally.

Its repertoire encompasses music from many traditions and cultures, including major classical works, folk songs from diverse cultures, contemporary and traditional hymns, Broadway show tunes, spirituals and gospel, and songs that reflect hope for the city.

For more information, contact the Community Renewal Chorus at, call 773-403-4245 or email Also find us on Facebook, Twitter @cr_chorus, YouTube, and

We Shall Have a Song – Spring 2019

We Shall Have a Song

Music to heal a divided world

In a world of seemingly deep divisions, the Community Renewal Chorus(CRC) uses music to imagine a world of togetherness and common ground in We Shall Have aSong: Music to heal a divided world on May 18 & 19. 

With words from the book of Isaiah in Randall Thompson’s The Peaceable Kingdom to Where Have All the Flowers Gone? by Pete Seeger, What the World Needs Now is Love from Burt Bacharach to A New Commandment by Thomas Tallis, and styles from polyphony and classical to rock and gospel, CRC explores love and peace, the dangers of war and violence, and the promise of living and working together. 

Additional selections will include Kyrie andGloria from the Gospel Mass by Robert Ray, John Rutter’s For the Beauty of the Earth, Aaron Copland’s The Promise of LivingDown by the Riverside arranged by Lon Beery and Pamela Perec Lee and arrangements from Rollo Dilworth to Ben E. King and MarkWilberg. Don’t miss this concert!

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Saturday, May 18, 2019 @ 7:30PM
St. Alphonsus Church
1429 W. Wellington Avenue
Chicago IL 60657

Sunday, May 19, 2019 @ 3:00PM
Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church
405 S. Euclid Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302

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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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