This program, performed by the Lira Singers and Lira Dancers, includes beautiful Polish and American carols, music of major Polish composers, and an entire act of Polish folk song and dance presented with multiple changes of authentic and colorful Polish regional folk attire.
The concert will be narrated in English by Lucyna Migala of WCEV/1450am, who is artistic director and general manager of the Lira Ensemble. Ms. Migala will share some Polish holiday traditions and will offer a bit of the history and tradition behind the music and dance performed.
The Lira company has been artist-in-residence at Loyola University Chicago for the past 21 years. It is the nation’s only professional performing arts company specializing in Polish music, song and dance. Lira’s mission is to bring the best of Polish culture into American life.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 • 7:30 P.M.
“Finding Christmas” brings your favorite Christmas songs to life with the epic orchestrations and lush harmonies of GENTRI: The Gentlemen Trio. Following their rave-reviewed 2016 release of "Finding Christmas,” the Gents are sure to add to the spirit of the season with their signature cinematic sound. GENTRI’s Christmas album not only topped multiple Billboard charts, but also made the iTunes top-10 holiday list alongside names like Michael Bublé and Pentatonix. You won’t want to miss this fantastic presentation of musical Christmas magic.
GENTRI is comprised of three highly trained tenors: Brad Robins, Casey Elliott, and Bradley Quinn Lever. Alongside their music director and producer Stephen Nelson, the Gents have been pioneering a new genre that can only be described as cinematic pop. Their original sound combines dynamic three-part harmonies with rich, full symphony orchestrations. Critics have described GENTRI’s music as “strong, brave, and inspiring” as well as “anything but boring.” In addition to this powerful original sound, the Gents are also widely known for their harmonious take on timeless love songs, rock-and-roll classics, Broadway standards, and more. Since forming the group in 2014, GENTRI has performed for audiences all around the globe. They have shared the stage with legends like Alfie Boe, Idina Menzel, Journey, and Lee Greenwood. Their music videos have been viewed by millions, and have been featured on NBC nightly news, ABC news, and Inside Edition.
“Finding Christmas” is sure to be a favorite Christmas tradition and is guaranteed to warm your heart and soul.
Thursday, November 30, 2017 • 7:30 P.M.
Tickets $45, Stage Tables $50
A Metropolis Performing Arts Centre Production • By Charles Dickens • Adapted by Scott Woldman
A Metropolis tradition, celebrate the holiday with Ebenezer Scrooge and the Cratchit family. Scrooge’s only concern is with making money, no matter the cost to those around him. He doesn’t even want his loyal employee Bob Cratchit to take the day off for Christmas and turns down his nephew’s invitation to join his family for Christmas Dinner. Scrooge is visited on Christmas Eve by three magical spirits who take him on a journey through his painful past, gloomy present, and possibly fatal future as he learns how his actions have affected those around him.
Robert Bowker and his 25 professional singers bring you the most eclectic sampling of Holiday music to be found anywhere. From early music and well-known carols to brand new holiday samplings both classical and contemporary. Pop, Gospel, Blues, Country and Comedy songs will make your holiday truly special. Come have some fun with us!
Monday, December 4, 2017 • 7:30 P.M.
Tickets $35, Seniors and Students $25
While The Carpenters are known for over a dozen chart topping hits, they also won over their fans with their Christmas celebrations. Singer and playwright Lisa Rock and her 6-piece backing band are keeping The Carpenters’ holiday traditions alive and bringing their unforgettable Christmas songs to the stage. Based on the music of The Carpenters’ two holiday albums and Christmas variety shows, A Carpenters Christmas and featuring “Merry Christmas Darling” and the jazzy “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” it’s a holiday concert that spreads joy and cheer to all.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Tickets $30, Stage Tables $35
Benny Goodman was known as the King of Swing- his iconic Big Band recordings of the 1930's & 40's are instantly recognizable and still popular today.
But Benny and his swinging clarinet were just as comfortable- if not more at home- in a small group setting. Dubbed by some as "chamber jazz", his small groups always featured the best musicians in the world: Teddy Wilson on piano, Gene Krupa on drums, and Lionel Hampton on vibes formed the original quartet. They could play it hot- really cooking on tunes like Avalon and After You've Gone-and delicate on lovely numbers like Memories of You, and Moonglow. This was a trail blazing group as it was considered one of the first openly integrated bands performing in concerts halls and movies.
In this concert Paul Cosentino and the Boilermaker Jazz Band will bring the energy and delicate swing of the small bands to you, performing some of their best known material. You'll also hear some of your favorite Goodman Big Band melodies, done small band style.
Benny Goodman was also fortunate enough to work with some of the finest female vocalists of the era including Peggy Lee, Martha Tilton, Ella Fitzgerald, and the Helens- Ward and Forrest. These ladies always brought a touch of class and grace to the proceedings along with the requisite swing factor! Jennifer McNulty brings you selections by Benny's Girls including Why Don't You Do Right?, Goody Goody, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, and Taking a Chance on Love.
Monday, December 18, 2017 • 7:30 P.M.
Tickets $35, Stage Tables $40
The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue captures all the magic, mystery, and mayhem of the season with original songs, brand-new sketches, and some classic favorites. Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue will have you and yours laughing all the way through the festive season. Don't miss The Second City’s Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue this holiday! The Second City's Nut-Cracking Holiday Revue is a terrific setting for holiday celebrations and perfect antidote to the traditional office party, a great addition to your list of holiday traditions.
December 20 - 31, 2017
Tickets $30, Stage Tables $35
NEW YEAR'S EVE Tickets $50, Stage Tables $60
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 • 7:30 P.M.
FREE - RSVP Requested