Village's Arts Commission To Host Holiday Concert

Village's Arts Commission To Host Holiday Concert
Posted on 10/27/2011

The holiday season brings festive lights, decorations, celebrations and music.

The Village of Orland Park Arts Commission will host a holiday concert on Sunday, December 4. A professional vocal quartet will perform songs of the season beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the village's Cultural Center, 14760 Park Lane with the Carl Sandburg High School Chamber Singers greeting guests with a pre-concert performance at 3:30 p.m.

"The Arts Commission's December 4th concert will be a beautiful way to begin the holiday season," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "The repertoire celebrates Christmas through the centuries," he added.

Tenor Willard Thomen, who last appeared in Orland Park when he directed the commission's "Do It Yourself Messiah," will perform with Soprano Susan Krout, Mezzo-Soprano Alison Daigle and Baritone Jeffrey Ray with Lisa Kristina playing the keyboard.

Thomen is an adjunct professor of music at the University of St. Francis, where he teaches a number of courses and conducts the university's Concert Chorale. He also serves on the faculty at Concordia University of Chicago in River Forest and is the director of music at St. Luke Presbyterian Church in Downers Grove.

"The program will be a varied, creative program of Christmas vocal music with selections from the late Medieval, Baroque, Romantic and 20th Centuries," Thomen described. "The selections will include trios, duets and possibly solos with a number of songs being sung a cappella," he explained.

"This promises to be a wonderful holiday event for everyone who enjoys outstanding vocal performances," McLaughlin said.

Tickets are $15 each and may be purchased at Orland Park's Frederick T. Owens Village Hall, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A 20% discount is available for groups of ten or more. Further information is available by calling the Village Hall at 708/403-6140.