As we begin the month of December and today being World AIDS Day and #GivingTuesday, I thought I’d highlight a recent project that I was particularly proud to be involved with.
Many of you know that during the month of December the Chicago theater community collects donations for Season of Concern, a non-profit organization that provides care for those in the theater community afflicted with AIDS-relatedand other catastrophic illnesses. I’m sure some of you are familiar with this and have donated money after a theater performance, usually collected by a costumed cast member in the theater lobby.
Back in June the Chicago Artists Chorale, Chicago’s newly formed choral ensemble comprised mostly of theater professionals, was approached by the producers of Season of Carols to be a part of this years recording. Season of Carols is a yearly recording of holiday music benefitting Season of Concern featuring performing artists from the 2015 season of Chicagoland theater productions. Here is a list of this years participants who have all donated their time and talent to this recording.
Under the direction of Tom Vendafreddo, the Chicago Artists Chorale came together with a full symphony orchestra, mostly comprised of theater musicians, to record Gary Fry’s arrangement of “O Holy Night.” I had the honor of playing principal flute in the orchestra for this recording. Recorded at the National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini on August 18th, this night was not unlike the recording of “We Are The World” but for Chicago theater artists! All coming together for one cause.
Please take a moment to consider giving the gift of music this year by donating and purchasing a copy of the 2015 Season of Carols here. 100% of the proceeds go to Season of Concern. You can also find the recording on iTunes and Spotify. For immediate gratification, below is a link to a YouTube clip of “O Holy Night.” But please take a moment to purchase the track(s) so this important cause is benefitted.
Lastly, consider supporting the Chicago Artists Chorale for their upcoming holiday performance – The Frost Variations – on Tuesday, December 8th at 7:30pm the Nettelhorst School (3252 N. Broadway St.). You can purchase tickets here!