Holiday Concert – December 8, 2019

Poster for the Community Renewal Chorus's Holiday Concert on December 8, 2019

Join the Community Renewal Chorus (CRC) for its 49th annual holiday concert! Lully, Lullay features CRC’s signature musical variety of Gospel spirituals, music from the Renaissance, sacred carols, and seasonal favorites. A new Christmas Cantata by composer and director Brian Bloye examines the Christmas story through an array of ancient texts set to new music. The CRC holiday concert has become a tradition essential to the season!

Printable flyer (PDF) of the holiday concert.

Our holiday concert is at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 8, 2019, at St. Alphonsus Church (1429 W. Wellington Avenue, Chicago, IL).

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Tickets can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com/event/4438381 for $20 in advance or at the door for $25 ($15 Seniors and Students).  

About the Community Renewal Chorus

Founded in 1970, the Community Renewal Chorus is a not-for-profit organization joining communities of singers from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area to celebrate the music of different cultures while sharing a message of hope and harmony. CRC embraces diversity and seeks to promote understanding among individuals of all traditions, beliefs, and backgrounds through the beauty of music. Active in Chicago’s musical life for almost 50 years, CRC has performed over 500 concerts across the U.S. and internationally.

Its repertoire encompasses music from many traditions and cultures, including major classical works, folk songs from diverse cultures, contemporary and traditional hymns, Broadway show tunes, spirituals and gospel, and songs that reflect hope for the city.

For more information, contact the Community Renewal Chorus at www.crchorus.org, call 773-403-4245 or email crcagcboard@gmail.com. Also find us on Facebook, Twitter @cr_chorus, YouTube, and Meetup.com.


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Brian Bloye, Director

BrianBloyeBrian Bloye is a pianist, organist, choral conductor, tenor, and composer.  As a pianist, he is an active accompanist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Recent performances as a soloist include concertos by Hans Krasa, J.C. Bach, and Mozart with the Chicago Arts Orchestra. He has accompanied Chicago Choral Artists and the William Ferris Chorale in concert, being recognized by the Chicago Tribune for his accompaniment of the Chorale. As an organist, he has performed recitals in France, Germany, and throughout Chicagoland.

During his tenure as the music director at St. Alphonsus church, he has developed a choral program with a reputation for liturgical excellence, particularly in polyphonic music of the Renaissance. As a composer, he has set all of the psalms in the lectionary cycle in a variety of styles, and has composed a Mass that is currently in use at the parish. His arrangement of Amazing Grace can be heard on tenor Branden James’s CD The Voice of Christmas, which was released this past December. He was the session pianist, organist, and choral conductor for that CD as well. Excerpts from the disc were recently played on WFMT.

As a tenor, he has sung with the Grant Park Symphony Chorus, Bella Voce, and Richard Proulx’s Cathedral Singers. Brian graduated with highest honors from the University of Michigan’s School of Music and received the master of music degree cum laude from DePaul University.