If the Evanston Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Concert offers a feast for music lovers, choral music devotees receive extra helpings.
This year’s concert will include music performed by the North Shore Choral Society and the Evanston Children’s Choir. As always, Evanston Township High School’s A Capella Choir will entertain audience members before the concert and during intermission.
Choral selections old and new fill the program. Traditional favorites include “Waltz of the Snowflakes” from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker,” performed by the Evanston Children’s Choir; and “O Holy Night,” performed by the North Shore Choral Society and the Evanston Children’s Choir. New delights include a Midwest premiere of James Stephenson’s “Magnificat,” performed by the North Shore Choral Society; and “Five Sided S’vivon [Dreidel]” by Robert Applebaum, performed by the Evanston Children’s Choir. An annual tradition in the Holiday Concert is audience participation in the Christmas Carol Sing-a-long, a collection of Christmas carols, and the beloved Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah.”
The Holiday Concert has other wonderful contributors, including Elements Contemporary Ballet performing a suite from “Messiah” and the Evanston Dance Ensemble’s ede2 performing Mozart’s version of “Sleigh Ride.”
The Evanston Symphony Holiday Concert takes place 3 p.m., Dec. 7 at Evanston Township High School auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave. in Evanston. Tickets and information are available at www.evanstonsymphony.org.