Looking to get in the Christmas spirit in Chicago? Then make your way down to Millennium Park to hear the sounds of Christmas Carolers each Friday evening at 6 pm for an hour during the holiday season (starting Nov 27). Chicagoans and visitors alike are invited to Cloud Gate (the Bean) for free caroling to hear the beautiful voices of different Chicago choral groups, including the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the Chicago Children’s Choir, the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Wooten Choral Ensemble and participate in a holiday sing-along. Admission is free. Caroling at Cloud Gate is supported by the Comer Foundation, with complimentary coffee and hot chocolate courtesy of Caribou Coffee.
Friday, November 27
Apollo Chorus of Chicago
When the Apollo Chorus of Chicago sings, great choral works come alive! Founded in 1872 after the Great Chicago Fire, this powerful 150-voice chorus is one of the city’s most exciting and talked-about musical organizations. Each season Apollo thrills audiences with beautiful music old and new, winning praise for its performances – especially for Handel’s Messiah. The Apollo Chorus performs a wide range of masterworks for chorus and orchestra and is under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Stephen Alltop.
Friday, December 4
Chicago Children’s Choir
The Chicago Children’s Choir is a multiracial, multicultural choral music education organization dedicated to shaping the future by making a difference in the lives of children and youth through musical excellence. Today, The Chicago Children’s Choir serves more than 3,000 young singers and is America’s largest, most comprehensive organization devoted to the musical education of children. By developing musical skills and performing in public, the children acquire poise, increased self-esteem, and an understanding that discipline and hard work bring rewards.
Friday, December 11
Old Town School of Folk Music
Throughout its 50 year history, the Old Town School of Folk Music has taught and celebrated music through cultural expressions rooted in the traditions of diverse American and global communities. Tonight’s event features commentators Eric Zorn and Mary Schmich and Old Town School faculty and students in a special “Caroling at Cloud Gate” edition of Songs of Good Cheer, an annual holiday caroling party now in its 11th year at the Old Town School.
Friday, December 18
The Wooten Choral Ensemble
The Wooten Choral Ensemble, founded in 1949, is the oldest community choir in the nation. The group boasts more than fifty members and has traveled extensively throughout the country. Its hallmark through the years has been expressing a spiritual message through anthems, hymns, black spirituals and gospel songs. The group has recorded several albums and appeared on many local radio and television programs. This performance will be conducted by Robert E. Wooten, Jr., son of the late founder Dr. Robert E. Wooten, Sr.