From Our Editors
For 18 years, Chicago a cappella has delighted audiences with concerts that eschew instruments in favor of harmonious melodies woven by sopranos, basses, and tenors. This year's holiday program follows in the company's tradition of building piebald programs of ancient and modern songs from around the world, juxtaposing the 14th century carol "In Natali Domini" with Swedish folk songs and African American spirituals. Contemporary tunes include "Longfellow's Carol," composed by Chicago a cappella founder and artistic director Jonathan Miller, as well as the hip-hop infused Hanukkah song "Miracle," which blends reggae, rock, and beatbox sounds into a Yuletide ditty more unconventional than a red-and-green-striped zebra. As accomplished vocalists pipe "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy," "Joy to the World," and "Carol of the Bells," audiences' Christmas spirit soars until tinsel spontaneously comes out of their noses.