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Chicago high school choir to perform in the Nutcracker

The Lincoln Park High School Chamber Singers, under the direction of Tim Cooper, will perform with the Joffrey Ballet in its Sunday, Dec 7, production of the Nutcracker, the school reports on its website.

They’ll sing holiday carols in the lobby of Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theatre, located at 50 E Congress Parkway in downtown Chicago, before the ballet begins at 2 PM. They’ll also perform with the pit orchestra, the Chicago Philharmonic, serving as the chorus for the only vocal number in the work. That number ends Act 1 of Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet.

The Nutcracker has been sort of a homegrown Chicago holiday tradition, as well as a masterpiece of performing arts in the city, ever since the Ballet Russe came to Chicago in 1940 with the dance version and George Balanchine brought the ballet to town with his New York company in 1956.

The Chamber Singers have been creating landmarks in the performing arts as well. The group previously performed on “The Today Show” in 2011 and will also provide pre-show entertainment on Dec 15 for the Goodman Theatre’s production of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.

How closely do you pay attention to lyrics in vocal music? Read Ryan McCarthy’s op-ed in the Washington Post entitled “What Public Enemy taught me about policy” and see Common Core speaking and listening standard SL.11-12.3 for more information.

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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