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posted: 12/6/2017 10:59 AM

Elgin Symphony Orchestra to perform Magical Holiday Concerts

Singers, dancers add spirit to Elgin Symphony Orchestra concerts

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  • The Elgin Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the Elgin Master Chorale at its Magical Holiday Concerts.

    The Elgin Symphony Orchestra will be joined by the Elgin Master Chorale at its Magical Holiday Concerts.
    Courtesy of Elgin Symphony Orchestra

  • The Midwest Dance Collective will perform "Black Friday Shoppers Rush" at the Elgin Symphony Orchestra's Magical Holiday Concerts.

    The Midwest Dance Collective will perform "Black Friday Shoppers Rush" at the Elgin Symphony Orchestra's Magical Holiday Concerts.
    Courtesy of Elgin Symphony Orchestra

 
Submitted by Elgin Symphony Orchestra

The Elgin Master Chorale and Midwest Dance Collective will perform holiday favorites with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Hemmens Cultural Center. The Elgin Master Chorale will sing "A Joyful Noel," "How Great Our Joy," "Christmas at Home," "For Unto Us A Child is Born" and more.

The Midwest Dance Collective will perform the "Black Friday Shoppers Rush" to the "William Tell Overture, and "Parade of the Wooden Soldier."

Resident conductor Stephen Squires leads the program, which also features soprano Leila Bowie and tenor Joe Shadday.

The Magical Holiday concerts include an appearance by a very special visitor from the North Pole and an audience singalong. There is valet service or convenient free parking. For tickets, which are $30 to $50, visit ElginSymphony.Org or call (847) 888-4000.

Elgin Master Chorale

A cultural cornerstone of Elgin and the Fox Valley, the Elgin Master Chorale creates a thrilling, emotional experience for audiences at each performance by achieving an overall level of excellence in singing, presentation and production. Under the direction of Maestro Andrew Lewis, the chorale comprises nearly 100 volunteer singers from across the Fox Valley. Far from a solitary organization, the chorale creates collaborations with performing arts organizations that elevate and energize the entire community.

Incorporated as a not-for-profit in 1966, the organization changed its name to Elgin Master Chorale in 2014. In residence at Elgin Community College, the chorale presents several concerts per year at the Blizzard Theatre at the college, as well as the Hemmens Cultural Center and other locations in the Chicago area.

Midwest Dance Collective

The Midwest Dance Collective, under the direction of Ellen Werksman, is a diverse collection of dancers from various dance studios, colleges and college graduates. The troupe creates unique opportunities for these artists which include concert performances, lectures and demonstrations, guest appearances, volunteer work for various charities and scholarships for dancers. Its philosophy of welcoming dancers from many surrounding areas allows for students to maintain studies at their home studios while enriching their dance education. The Collective provides professional training where each dancer learns to succeed in a company environment.

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