Crete resident Kayla Cabrera, a member of the Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra, said she is looking forward to performing with her teacher Ana Simonovska in the Do It Yourself Messiah on Dec. 8 in Park Forest.
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Updated: December 7, 2012 4:25PM
Here is a look at upcoming concerts.
Gigs include the Rotary Club of Park Forest presenting the Do It Yourself Messiah performed by the Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra in Park Forest, Grand Prairie Singer’s “Winterlude” concert to kick off its 2012-13 season, and the Chansonettes performing in Mokena and Homewood.
This group has performances of seasonal music set at 1 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Mokena Public Library, 11327 W. 195th St., (708) 479-9663, and at 1 p.m. Dec. 9 at Homewood Public Library, 17917 Dixie Highway, (708) 798-0121.
Light refreshments will be served at both events.
Grande Prairie Singers
The 2012-13 season of the Grande Prairie Singers will open Dec. 9 with the concert “Winterlude” at 4 p.m. at Faith United Protestant Church, 10 Hemlock St., Park Forest.
Following a sold-out bluegrass concert in May, artistic director Jo Rodenburg has created a program of holiday music from classical to contemporary.
Accompanied by a chamber orchestra, the concert features Giovanni Pergolesi’s oratorio “The Magnificat; For Unto Us a Child is Born” a Christmas cantata by J.S. Bach and settings of “Ave Maria” by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Anton Bruckner and Franz Biebl.
The second half of the program ranges from selections with George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” to “White Christmas,” “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and “Let It Snow!”
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and $10 for students with identification. Season subscriptions for all three concerts are available for $40.
Based in Park Forest since 1977 but drawing from the entire Southland, the Grande Prairie Singers are led by Rodenburg, now in her third season with the chorus.
The 2012-13 season will continue with the Sunday-afternoon concerts “On This Island: Music of the British Isles” on March 3 and “American Choral Music Today” on May 19.
Information on Grande Prairie Choral Arts including its Children’s Choral Workshop: grandeprairiechoral.org or (708) 481-8684.
Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra
The Rotary Club of Park Forest will present the 28th annual Do It Yourself Messiah at 3 p.m. Dec. 8 at Faith United Protestant Church, 10 Hemlock St., Park Forest.
Sponsored by the Music Connection, the performance will include Part 1 and the “Hallelujah” chorus.
The Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra, assisted by area professional musicians, will be on hand to provide full orchestra accompaniment to choruses and solos.
Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra and Incredible Opportunity program under the direction of Katie Bern, IOP and SYSO conductor, will provide prelude music and a holiday carol sing-along.
The vocal soloists will be Lisa Kristina, soprano; Jo Rodenburg, alto; Henry Hunt, tenor; and Douglas Ulreich, bass.
The orchestra conductor is Frederick Kuester, and the choral conductor is Marie Amenta.
All people who are familiar with the choruses of the Messiah are invited to come and sing.
Each attendees should bring his or her score, or one can be purchased at the door for $10.
All audience members are welcome. Admission is free and tickets may be purchased at the door.
A freewill offering will be taken to help fund service projects of Rotary such as the Park Forest wetlands project, dictionary distribution to area primary schools, and scholarship awards to Suburban Youth Symphony orchestra students for summer study.
Information: Janet Kuester, (708) 977-0030, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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