The holidays bring all sorts of dilemmas, such as what to get the person who likes nothing and when to begin blocking off the chimney. Solve one of these problems with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $14, you get one general-admission ticket to see Chicago a cappella’s “Holidays a cappella” (up to a $28 value). Student tickets are regularly $12 each. Choose between the following shows:
- At Fourth Presbyterian Church on Friday, December 9, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:15 p.m.
- At Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville on Sunday, December 11, at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3:15 p.m.<p>
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.