An introduction to the familiar faces behind your favorite music

By Jesse Wright | Staff Writer

 

The Christmas season means cold weather, good family, friends, warm wishes and…music.

No matter the person, a love of Christmas carols is almost universal and perhaps no choir knows that more than the Chicago Chamber Choir, a group that includes some of the city’s top talent. The choir should be familiar to downtown residents.

Executive Director Kayleigh Duduvoir was, until recently, a Streeterville resident and her choir performs regularly in the area—they have a Dec. 20 performance at the Clare on their calendar—and they also sing at Cloud Gate in Millennium Park.

That performance is slated for Dec. 7, but before the big show, Duduvoir offered a look behind the scenes of one of the city’s top choirs.

“Usually our official season begins in October, but we get Christmas requests as soon as mid-November,” she said.

This month at Cloud Gate, Dudevoir said guests can expect to hear a mix of Christmas music.

“Some traditional Christmas carols like ‘Silent Night,’ ‘Deck the Halls’ and so on, as well as Christmas-themed but not traditional carols” will be sung in the park, she said.

Dudevoir said the choir has been performing at Cloud Gate for several years—it’s her sixth season with the group—and she said it’s always enjoyable for the choir and for the attendees. “We’ve done a number of performances there and there are always lots of children,” she said.

Guests will bring hot chocolate to sip while they listen and, Dudevoir said, if it’s not too terribly cold, the choir tries to wear festive sweaters, so it’s not so formal.

The city invites folks to hear some of the best choirs in the city perform Christmas carols for free at Cloud Gate.

All performances begin at 6 p.m. and wrap up by 7 p.m. Admission is free. The other performances will be Dec. 12 and Dec. 14 at the same times. To check out the Chicago Chamber Choir, its website, www.chicagochamberchoir.org/season, includes all upcoming dates.

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