Soprano Leila Bowie and tenor Joe Shadday will sing holiday favorites with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra's annual "Magical Holiday Concerts" at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way in Elgin.
Shadday, a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago Chorus, will perform "Believe," "The Day After Christmas," "Silent Night/God Bless Us" and "Christmas at Home."
Bowie, who has appeared on the Chicago Symphony's "Beyond the Score," will sing "I Saw Three Ships," "Christmastide" and "Santa Baby." The two together will perform "Baby, It's Cold Outside" and "The Christmas Song." They will sing with the audience on the "Holly Jolly Singalong."
Georgia-born Bowie is acclaimed for her "rich and warm soprano" (Times Argus Vermont) and vocal ability intertwined with her "crisp diction and expressive passion" (Musical America Worldwide). She is an advocate for contemporary composers and has appeared in recital in wide-ranging repertoire. Bowie received both her master's degree in vocal performance and professional diploma in Opera from Chicago College of Performing Arts.
Indianapolis native Joe Shadday, tenor, most recently appeared as Hoxton in the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of "My Fair Lady." Shadday is a recent winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.