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Weekend Life

St. Charles Singers to perform 'Candlelight Carols' concert

ST. CHARLES – Celebrating its 30th season, the St. Charles Singers will present the Christmas concert “Candlelight Carols: Carols and Anthems of the Season” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, and at 3 p.m.  Sunday, Dec. 8, at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles.

The professional chamber choir also will present the program at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Fourth Presbyterian Church, located at North Michigan Avenue at East Delaware Place in Chicago.

The holiday program, conducted by the choir’s founder and music director Jeffrey Hunt, will include four songs arranged for choir and guitar,  which will be the first time an  instrument has made an appearance at a St. Charles Singers Christmas concert.

The guest artist on guitar will be Croatian-born Goran Ivanovic, who studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

Ivanovic will accompany the choir in Al Houkom’s “Rune of Hospitality,” Jeffrey Van’s “El Rorro” (The Babe) and “O Be Joyful,” and in Roy Zimmerman’s “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming.”

All of which are new additions to the St. Charles Singers’ repertoire.

In addition, a new work by Chicago composer Nathaniel Adams, “Blow, Blow the Winter Wind,” which was written for the St. Charles Singers, will be premiered.

The St. Charles Singers ensemble members who will perform in the “Candlelight Carols” concerts include sopranos Kayleen Sanchez of Carol Stream; Amanda Brex-Castillo of Cary;  Kate Jeffrey and Candace Kless of Geneva; Laura Johnson of Hanover Park; Cynthia Spiegel of La Fox; Carelle Flores of Oswego; Grace Bardsley and Elizabeth Selden of St. Charles; and Karen Lukose of Winfield.

The alto section will include Bethany Wolford of Algonquin; Sarah Underhill of Aurora; Rachel Olson of Chicago; Julie Popplewell of North Aurora; Bridget Kancler of Oak Park; Jennifer Hunt and AnDrea James of St. Charles; and Debby Wilder of Wheeling.

Members of the tenor section will be Gregor King of Chicago; Bryan Kunstman of DeKalb;  Andy Jeffrey of Geneva; Tim Bergman of St. Charles; David Hunt of Wayne; Jay Cunningham and  Steve Williamson of West Chicago; Bob Boyd of Westmont; and Justin Dunkle of Wheaton.

Basses are Phil Nohl of Aurora; Doug Peters of Batavia; Anthony Quaranta and David Zemke of Carol Stream; David Hartley of Lake in the Hills; Ernie Klapmeier and Mike Popplewell of North Aurora; Nate Coon of Palatine; and Michael Thoms of Warrenville.

Single tickets for “Candlelight Carols” cost $30 for adults, $20 for seniors 65 and older and $10 for students.

Tickets and general information about the St. Charles Singers are available at or by calling 630-513-5272.

Tickets also are available at Townhouse Books, 105 N. Second Ave., St. Charles (checks or cash only at this ticket venue).

Tickets also may be purchased at the door on the day of the concert, depending on availability.


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