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Earl’s World Congo Square Theatre Company is staging Nativity

rary rendition of the famous Christmas story by McKinley Johnson, with directions by Ilesha Duncan, choreography by Kevin Lega Jeff of Deeply Rooted Productions and musical direction by Jarrett Landon; with the spiritu- ality of McKinley Johnson who penetrates deeply into the soul. The religious musical continues from Dec. 2 - 31. Tickets range from $65 to $130.

SYMPHONIC BAND by Earl Calloway


Nativity is returning to the Goodman Theater with a contempo-


NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY will present Views of Winter Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, conduct- ed by Timothy J. Robblee. Featuring Ron Nelson, Morning Alleluias for the Winter Solstice, Carter Pann, Slalom, Steve Bryant’s The Marbled Midnight Mile and Michael

Colgrass’ Artic Dreams. STATE REPRESENTATIVE

TONI BERRIOS and THE MUSIC- PLATT Group invites you to the 4th Annual Holiday Food Drive Dec. 3. At Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, 230 N. Michigan Ave., from 7 p.m. - 2:30 a.m. to benefit the shelter for battered women and children and the local food pantry. Experience live performances by Georgie Porgie, Linda Clifford, Peppe Mashay and Wayne Taylor.

DR. ROBERT A. HARRIS, an African-American conductor; Bienen School of Music and choral ensembles and Northwestern University Orchestra features its 72nd Christmas Concert Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. singing J. S. Bach’s Magnificat and

“Gloria in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall at 50 Arts Circle Drive in Evanston.

CHICAGO a cappella Holidays music of Renaissance treasures, Chanukah songs, world-famous car- ols, contemporary works and holi- day favorites are scheduled Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave. in Evanston; Dec. 4 at 4 p.m., Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St. in Oak Park; and Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. Fourth Presbyterian Church at Michigan Ave. at Delaware.

DR. CHARLES T. HAYES is guest conductor for the Morgan Park Presbyterian Church’s, 2017 W. 110th Pl., performance of Handel’s Messiah Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m. Soloists are Vickie D. Johnson,

soprano; Gloria Spencer Brown, mezzo-contralto; Jeffrey Burish, Tenor; Arthur Griffin, Jr., bass - Yvonne Lindsey, pianist; Susan Anglin, organist with the Mass Community Choir and Morgan Park Presbyterian Church Orchestra.

JOFFREY BALLET FEATURES AMERICA’S #1 NUTCRACKER consisting of 25 years of holiday magic from Dec. 9 - 27 at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Ticket start at $30.

JOSEPHINE LEE PRESENTS Songs of the Season concert with The Chicago Children’s Concert and Neighborhood Honors Choir featuring Lyric Opera Star Nicole Cabell as soloist at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Dr.

Lyric Opera of Chicago features eight significant operas by Earl Calloway


In addition to the international opera stars, several are African- American singers including soprano Nicole Cabell who will be heard in Mozart’s The Magic Flute (Zauzaberlote) which will be pro- duced December through January, and Aida by Giuseppe Verdi returns for 12 performances in January, February and March. New to Lyric Opera will be the Broadway Production of Show Boat of Jerome Kern with a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II fea- turing Nathan Gunn as Ravenal mixed with three exciting African Americans appearing in leading roles including Alyson Cambridge as Julie, Morris Robinson as Joe and Angela Renee Simpson as Queenie. Director for Show Boat will be Francesca Zambello, Scenery Designer is Peter J. Davison, Costume Designer is Paul Tazewell, and lighting Designer is Mark McCullough, Mark Grey while Michele Lynch serves as


Alyson Cambridge, soprano has become known as a dramatically sub- tle and a compelling artist. Her 2010- 11 season in Europe with the Polish National Opera as Violetta in La traviata and as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni with the Savolinna Opera Festival and in France as well as with many American opera companies. She is a frequent guest at the Metropolitan Opera. Highlights of past seasons include performances with symphonies in Detroit, Omaha, New York, Barbados and Hawaii. Angela Renee Simpson who has earned significant success in her appearances was fantastic and almost stopped the show according to the New York Post during her perform- ance with the New York City Opera Live from Lincoln Center. Her per- formances are overwhelming from La Scala to Los Angeles.

Bass artist Morris Robinson has earned tremendous success as one of Americas most dynamic artistic bass- baritones heard singing in this gener- ation. Agraduate of the Metropolitan Opera Lindermann Young Young artist Development Program. At the

Alyson Cambridge

Metropolitan Opera Robinson has scored tremendously in such roles as Fidelio, as Sarastro in Die Zauberflote, the King in Aida and in NaBucco, Tannhauser, Les Toyen and Salome. Cites in which he has per- formed opera and concert are Boston, Lyric Opera, Pittsburgh Opera,

Angela Renee Simpson

Philadelphia, Seattle, Los Angeles, Cincinnati Boston, St. Louis and the Wolf Trap Opera.

This amazing bass-baritone has appeared also with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival, National Symphony Orchestra, Ft. Worth Symphony,

Morris Robinson

Baltimore Symphony, Nashville Symphony, the Sao Paulo Symphony. The vocalist’s debut recording album is Going Home on the Decca label. He is an Atlanta native and graduate of the Citadel. He received musical training from the Boston University Opera Institute.

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