A Robert Shaw Christmas

$10 BGH Classics series

Vocality [Josephine Lee, Director]
Sylvia McNair, Soprano

Bennett Gordon Hall
Saturday, December 10, 2016
6:30 PM
Gates Open
7:30 PM
Concert Starts

Reserved: $10
Ticket and Dining Package: $50 SOLD OUT
No lawn sales

Dining Package: You can make the concert a complete evening out when you purchase the concert/dining package for $50 per person. This convenient package comes complete with dinner in the Freehling Room before the performance in Bennett Gordon Hall. Dinner starts at 6:00 p.m. SOLD OUT


Bernard (arr. Jasperse):   “Winter Wonderland”
American hymn (arr. Parker/Shaw):   “What Wondrous Love Is This”
Lauridsen:   O magnum mysterium
Olatunji (arr. Brooks):   “Betelehemu”
MacGimsey:   “Sweet Little Jesus Boy”
Rachmaninoff:   Rejoice, O Virgin from All-Night Vigil
Kern:   “All the Things You Are” from Very Warm for May
Foster (arr. Clydesdale):   “Grown-Up Christmas List”
Berlin (arr. Ringwald):   “White Christmas”
arr. Zegree:   Take 6 Christmas
Adam (arr. Eads):   “O Holy Night”
Spiritual (arr. Jasperse):   “Go Tell It on the Mountain”

Park Details

Postconcert events:
Attend the special screening of the new documentary about master choral director Robert Shaw, Man of Many Voices, in the BGH library (2nd floor).

6:00 p.m. Dining package dinner in the Freehling Room
7:30 p.m. Concert in BGH
8:45 p.m. Screening of Man of Many Voices, (Free with park admission) (complimentary popcorn and water)

Concert Information

Perhaps most widely felt in the legacy of the “dean of choral conductors,” Robert Shaw, are the volumes of traditional folk songs, hymns, spirituals, and Christmas music he arranged for chorus with Alice Parker and the recordings he led of them, many of which are still bestsellers to this day. Putting the crowning ornament on Ravinia’s yearlong celebration of his centennial, Shaw protégée Sylvia McNair and Vocality—the new chorus created by Chicago Children’s Choir director Josephine Lee that debuted at Ravinia’s 2015 Porgy and Bess—will perform a pair of Christmas concerts in the glorious in excelsis tradition of Shaw’s own that have raised the spirit (and voices) of the season for over half a century.