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THE Chris White Trio (Chris White, piano; Sean Jacobi, bass; Ryan Jacobi, drums) performed four special holiday shows at Winter’s Jazz Club, where the trio played the complete repertoire from the A Charlie Brown Christmas CD, music that many became familiar with while watching the TV presentation of the holiday classic A Charlie Brown Christmas. As an extra holiday treat, the musicians included three of the Vince Guaraldi tunes that were not included on the iconic holiday collection. Further, a three-person choir joined the trio to add their voices to the performance that highlighted familiar tunes such as “Christmas Time Is Here,” “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing,” “Für Elise,” “Linus and Lucy,” “Skating” and “O Tannenbaum.”
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A Charlie Brown Christmas Concert
SINGERS/ACTRESSES E. Faye Butler and Felicia P. Fields, two of Chicago’s most noted entertainers, headline the Victory Gardens Theater production of “E. Faye & Felicia Lettin’ The Good Times Roll: Songs, Stories & Sass From Chicago’s Stage Divas” at the Biograph Theater through January 7. The dynamic divas perform a new and electrifying cabaret concert that includes jazz, blues, gospel and show tunes in a style that is uniquely their own. The performance on New Year’s Eve will be part of a special celebration to usher in 2018 in an exhilarating fashion. For more information, go to www.victorygardens.org.
A Milestone For A Christmas Carol
ON opening night of Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre and in honor of he production’s 40th anniversary at the theater, there was a curtain call to highlight a collection of performers, production teams and members of the staff who have helped bring the holiday classic to the Goodman stage for four decades. Included among that group was actor William Norris, who was the Goodman’s first Ebenezer Scrooge for 12 years in a production, he says, that was only supposed to run for three years. It’s estimated that more than 1.5 million people have seen the production during its 40-year run, which started at the Goodman as a way to get people to come to the theater during the holiday season. The current actor playing the miserly Scrooge, Larry Yando, is celebrating his 10th season in the role, and Ron E. Rains is in his 11th portrayal as Bob Cratchit.
GRAMMY Award-winning guitarist Isaiah Sharkey, a former band member for R&B star D’Angelo, delivered a sizzling performance as part of the recent ninth annual Calahan Foundation’s Celebration of Giving Scholarship Benefit Gala at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The 28-year-old rising star in the music industry, who spent his early years in Cabrini Green, played tunes from his Love Life Live CD, including “Pop My Toes,” “It’s A Shame” and “Special Lady.” The Calahan Foundation, founded by philanthropists Edward and Shirley Calahan, is designed to “inspire youth through educational scholarships, contemporary role models, entrepreneurial mentorships and economic empowerment programs.”
E. Faye Butler & Felicia P. Fields