The Evanston Symphony joins arts groups from across the community to hold its Holiday Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday Dec. 6, at Evanston Township High School.

Other groups performing at the event in the ETHS auditorium include the North Shore Choral Society, the Evanston Dance Ensemble, the Evanston Children’s Choir and the newly formed Evanston Symphony Holiday Gospel Choir, organized by Rev. Kenneth Cherry.

Even Santa will get into the act, leading the audience in a sing-along of favorite Christmas carols.


Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl calls the concert “one of the most enjoyable and thoroughly inclusive arts events of the year, bringing together hundreds of local instrumentalists, singers and dancers to put on a wonderful show designed to entertain people of all ages.”

Orchestral numbers will include Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and Robert Wendel’s A Chanukah Overture and Christmas a la Valse.

The Evanston Dance Ensemble will dance over 20 minutes of selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Ballet, accompanied by the ESO.

The North Shore Choral Society will join the ESO in selections from Poulenc’s Gloria and Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” from Messiah.

And the NSCS, the Evanston Children’s Choir, and the ESO will be joined by the gospel choir in the “Hallelujah” from Quincy Jones’ “Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration”,  using an orchestration specially commissioned by the ESO with the assistance of the Cultural Arts Fund of the City of Evanston.

The gospel choir will also sing Timothy Wright’s “Pretty Baby” in the first part of the concert.

The Evanston Children’s Choir will perform two versions of “Welcome Yule”, one by William Matthias and the other from Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols.

Tickets are available online or by calling 847-864-8804.

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