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‘Happy Chicago’ and the musical Grinch


It’s always holidays in Chicago this weekend, including the opening of the CSO’s annual holiday concert.

The Symphony Center will be decked out in all its holiday finery for this annual concert tradition. Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform hymns and holiday songs such as “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Sleigh Ride,” accompanied by singer Ashley Brown, who takes the lead on “Mary.” Poppins” on Broadway in 2006. Thomas Wilkins directs.

Dec. 15-23, Symphony Center Orchestra Hall, 220 S. Michigan Ave.; tickets $45-$299, 312-294-3000 and cso.org

Dr. Seuss’ holiday classic has been adapted as an 85-minute stage musical featuring the Grinch singing and dancing his way through Whoville.

through Dec. 31 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, 51 W. Randolph St.; Tickets starting at $56 at 800-775-2000 and www.broadwayinchicago.com

Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s 1960 arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” in “Sugar Hill: The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker” features stars including tap dancer Caleb Teicher and “So You” pop sensation Jon Boogz provides the jazz backdrop for a team consisting of “Think You Can Dance” fame. “Sugar Hill” is a brand new debut production set in 1930s New York, with a libretto by Jessica Swan and directed by Joshua Bergasse.

Dec. 20-30, Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive; Tickets start at $52 at 312-341-2300 or www.auditoriumtheatre.org

The Newberry Consort has previously performed Renaissance-era songs from Mexico; this year they are expanding their boundaries to include sacred, secular and Indigenous songs from Peru, Spain, Guatemala and Panama.

December 15 at St. John’s Church in Evanston. in St. Luke’s Church; on December 16 at the Mother Catholic Church of America; on December 17 at St. Lake Catholic Church. In Mary; For tickets and more information https://www.newberryconsort.org/lachristmas

Tammy McCann, Tribune’s 2020 Jazz Chicagoan of the Year, teams up with guitarist John McLean and a string orchestra to bring you the Chicago Music Institute’s holiday night favorites “plus a few surprises.”

Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m. Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston; tickets $30-$60 at https://www.musicinst.org/events/tammy-mccann-jazz-christmas

The oldest continuously operating jazz and blues company presents a holiday concert event honoring the history of Chicago blues. Sheryl Youngblood, Carlise and Greg Guy (Buddy Guy’s children), Demetria Taylor and Jimmy Burns (Eddie Taylor Jr.’s sister and uncle), plus Muddy Waters’ guitarist Rick Kreher and his oldest son, Mud Morganfield, will be there.

Dec. 20, 8 p.m., Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St.; tickets $30-$40 (ages 17 and up) at https://www.thaliahallchicago.com/shows


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