Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Merry, Merry Chicago!

Dec 23

4:30 PM

Featuring Ashley Brown & Chicago Children’s Choir

Friday, December 23, 2016

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Merry, Merry Chicago! returns with Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the internationally-renowned 160-member Chicago Children’s Choir, celebrating their 60th Anniversary, for a holiday concert filled with treasured carols, a sing-along of festive favorites and a very special guest from the North Pole! Joining the celebration this season is special guest vocalist Ashley Brown, best known for originating the role of Mary Poppins on Broadway. "[Brown] brought down the house…one of the most powerful performances that one will ever hear" (Broadway World). This holiday celebration is perfect for the whole family!
This concert will be approx. two hours and have an intermission. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Enjoy preconcert holiday music from community ensembles 45 minutes before each concert and during all intermissions.


Nigel Ness A Christmas Overture
Traditional (arr. Stephen Mager) Ding dong! Merrily on High
Benjamin Britten “This Little Babe” from Ceremony of Carols
Hans Christian Lumbye Champagne Galop
Franz von Suppé Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna
Words and Music by Edward Pola and George Wyle It's the Most Wonderful Time of the year
John Jacob Niles I Wonder as I Wander
Traditional (arr. Carmen Dragon) Joy to the World
John Williams Holiday Flight from Home Alone
John Williams Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas from Home Alone 2
Tchaikovsky Selections from The Nutcracker
Music by Felix Bernard/Lyrics by Richard B. Smith Winter Wonderland
Felix Mendelssohn (arr. David Willcocks) Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Leroy Anderson Sleigh Ride
Words and Music by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon and Buck Ram I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Adolphe Adam (arr. David T. Clydesdale) O Holy Night

Additional Dates for this Program

No matter the setting, whether a 2,000-seat concert hall or a cavernous Broadway stage, musical theater star Ashley Brown tries to keep things intimate. “I’m having conversations all night with the orchestra and the audience,” said Brown, who's appearing in the CSO's holiday revue Merry, Merry Chicago! “I try to pretend that I’m in a little club, so that people feel they’re part of something instead of just watching.” Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


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