West Town Winter Concert


December 10, 2022


3:00 PM


Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.

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Add to Calendar 12/10/2022 3:00 PM America/Chicago West Town Winter Concert A unique concert experience bringing the sounds of the West Town neighborhood to life. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.


This seasonal showcase will bring to life the sounds of Chicago's West Town neighborhood through a concert featuring original music, exciting choreography and multimedia presentations.


Tickets are $10* per person, available for purchase at the concert. All seating is general admission. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.

*Uniting Voices Chicago has a pay-what-you-can policy, allowing guests to pay as much or as little as they like per ticket, including requesting free tickets if desired*

Getting There

Parking is available for $10 with validation from the museum, located one block north of the Museum at Clark and LaSalle streets; enter on Stockton Drive. The museum is also accessible via the 22, 36, 72, 73, 151 and 156 bus lines, as well as Purple & Brown Line trains at Sedgwick. For more details, visit their website.


Uniting Voices Chicago strives to make music and performance accessible to anyone who wants it. Assistive listening devices are available at the ticketing desk. Chicago History Museum has an accessible stage and seating locations with adjacent companion seating in the McCormick Theater. To request accommodations, please email info [at] unitingvoiceschicago [dot] org.

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West Town Neighborhood Choir Community Concert

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Chicago History Museum


Heather Stewart, West Town Neighborhood Choir

Elisabeth Baker, School Programs

Amanda Wolff, School Programs

About Uniting Voices Chicago

Founded in 1956 at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, Uniting Voices Chicago (formerly Chicago Children’s Choir) empowers and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to find their voice and celebrate their common humanity through the power of music. As a leading non-profit organization, we serve thousands of youth ages 6-18 from every zip code of Chicago through transformative and accessible music education programs and performance opportunities.

After the Show

Feel Inspired?

Like what you heard tonight? Want to be a bold voice for change and an ambassador for your community? Following tonight’s concert, students in grades 3 and up are invited to take part in a vocal placement and be ready to start in our programs for the very next rehearsal. Learn more about Uniting Voices Chicago and our sliding scale tuition at

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Concert Program

West Town Choirs Combined


Trad. Xhosa song


The train comes from the mountains to South Africa. Run to the train! It is coming from the mountains to South Africa.

West Town Choirs Combined and School Programs

People Get Ready

Curtis Mayfield; arr. W. Mitchell Owens, III

Jubilate Deo

Michael Praetorius

Audience Sing-Along

Feliz Navidad

José Feliciano


Feliz Navidad, Feliz Navidad,

Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad.


I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas (x3)

From the bottom of my heart.

(repeat, then back to beginning)

West Town Neighborhood Choir Allegro

Oi Koledo

Trad. Bulgarian Christmas song, as learned from Zdravka Jordanova


Oh, Christmas, my Christmas! The son of God was born! "Kolade, lade" The Christmas bread is jumping off the table; a sausage is boiling in the pot. Tell us, grandmother, how it was in the old days, when everyone was so happy!


Sara Bareilles and Jack Antonoff; arr. W. Mitchell Owens, III

West Town Presto


Mykola Leontovich; English lyrics translation by Helena Androsova (artistically known as Eileen)


"Bountiful evening, bountiful evening, a New Year's carol;

A little swallow flew into the household

and started to twitter,

to summon the master:

""Come out, come out, O master,

look at the sheep pen,

there the ewes have given birth

and the lambkins have been born

Your goods [livestock] are great,

you will have a lot of money, by selling them.

Your goods [livestock] are great,

you will have a lot of money, by selling them.

If not money, then chaff from all the grain you will harvest

you have a dark-eyebrowed beautiful wife.""

Bountiful evening, bountiful evening, a New Year's carol,

A little swallow flew."

Info. about an international art project to return Shchedryk to Ukraine.

Support the legacy of Leontovich by contributing to the Leontovich Choral Society which supports choral arts programs in Ukraine

Organizations currently supporting Ukrainian artists and the preservation of Ukrainian culture during wartime

West Town Choirs Combined

Som Dtam Saap Eelee

Trad. Thai song; Isaan by Ja Ting Ja arr. Hope Arthur


Som dtam papaya, squeeze a little lemon add a little fish sauce, a little pickeled fish to put on it. Yum, yum, both spicy and stinging. Delicious to the heart. Thai salad, Lao salad, No worries! Mixed salad, noodle salad, crab salad, bean salad, Hoooyyy, certainly delicious!

West Town Vivace/Presto

Ella’s Song

Bernice Johnson Reagan

Learn more about Ella Baker.


Trad. Andalusian Villancico; arr. Ruth Morris Gray


Gatatumba, with tambourines and rattles. Gatatumba, do not get into the pile of hay. Gatatumba, play the whistle and the rabel (instrument). Gatatumba, tambourine and rattle.

Audience Sing-Along

Frosty the Snowman

Walter “Jack” Rollins and Steve Nelson

Frosty the Snowman was a jolly, happy soul

With a corn-cob pipe and a button nose,

And two eyes made out of coal.

Frosty the Snowman is a fairy-tale they say.

He was made of snow, but the children know

How he came to life one day.

There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found.

For when they placed it on his head, he began to dance around.

Oh, Frosty the Snowman was alive as he could be,

And the children say he could laugh and play

Just the same as you and me.

Thumpety thump thump, thumpety thump thump,

Look at Frosty go!

Thumpety thump thump, thumpety thump thump,

Over the hills of snow!

West Town Choirs Combined

Revelation 19

Jeffrey LaValley; arr. Lonnie Norwood, Jr. and Brandon Lampkin

West Town Choirs Combined and School Programs


W. Mitchell Owens, III

Tonight’s Performers

West Town Neighborhood Choir Allegro

Angie Arriaza

Gabriella Batie

Geordan Boling

Zoe Dean

Julius Frace

Mira Friedman

Isis Krause

Nella Maheshwary

Maya Manglavil

Zoey Padilla

Lou Roberts

Rohan Rodrigo

Evelyn Vold

Emery Wells

Zara Wilcox

Anne Zweidinger

West Town Neighborhood Choir Vivace

Alice Ayala

Lina Bolick

Vivienne Bonneur

Caitlyn Glunz

Luke Hojnacki

Ehlery Petersen

Shel Pierson

Joelle Sekulich

Sophia Slotnik

Marina Suarez-Espinosa

Eita Tabion

Jane Wiltrout

Marko Zafirovski

West Town Neighborhood Choir Presto

Gianna Chumil

Sahana Malkani

Frances Mulcahey

Klimek Pawlina

Samantha Rincon

Juliet Siebert

Sofia Solis

School Programs

Intercultural Montessori Language School

Mark T. Skinner West Elementary School


Hope Arthur (Pianist)

Dave Hiltebrand (Guitar)

Tim Sessier (Bass)

Marquis Carter (Drums)

Special Thanks

McKensie Bartz, Bennett Day School

Hope Arthur

Thank you to our Program Assistant Kathryn Lanham.

Intercultural Montessori Language School

Roderick Shaw, Principal Alba Cárdenas, Liaison

Mark T. Skinner West Elementary School

Dr. Rhea Bush, Principal

Jennifer Christiansen & Shannon Johnson, Liaisons