Holidays of Light
Join us for an evening of festive cheer and holiday spirit at the Chicago Sinfonietta’s “Holidays of Light” concert, featuring guest conductor Chelsea Tipton. The concert will take place at the beautiful and historic Auditorium Theatre in downtown Chicago.
The program will feature an exciting array of holiday music, ranging from classic Christmas favorites to traditional Jewish and Latin American tunes. The concert will begin with Robert Wendel’s lively and enchanting “Christmas Ala Valse,” followed by Irving Berlin’s timeless “White Christmas.”
Next up is Alexander Glazunov’s “Chopinanania Suite Op. 46,” a delightful medley of Chopin’s music that is sure to captivate audiences. Lukas Richman’s “Hanukkah Festival Overture” will then take us on a joyful and celebratory journey through Jewish culture and tradition.
The program also includes Duke Ellington’s jazzy and playful “Nutcracker Suite,” featuring three memorable movements from Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet. James Pierpont’s classic “Jingle Bells Forever” will bring a smile to everyone’s faces and keep toes tapping.
After intermission, the Sinfonietta will perform a mix of traditional and contemporary holiday tunes, including Felix Bernard’s “Winter Wonderland,” Percy Grainger’s “Irish Tune From County Derry,” and Jerry Lovrien’s “Minor Alterations.” Victor A. Vanacore’s arrangement of “Feliz Navidad” is sure to have the audience singing along.
The concert will conclude with a series of lively and upbeat pieces, including Johann Strauss’s “Champagne Polka,” Eric Holcombe’s “Fantasy on Auld Lang Syne,” and Leroy Anderson’s perennial favorite “Sleigh Ride.” The audience will then join in for a heartwarming rendition of “Silent Night,” sung unaccompanied and featuring one verse in Spanish, while luminarias light up the hall.