It’s a very special time of year when houses all along the block are lit up and merry decorations adorn every corner. With the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” Tchaikovsky was one of the first composers to use the celesta, or bell piano, to create the bright, shimmering sounds that bring to mind twinkling lights and gently falling snow. In a new video that’s part of the Ryan Opera Center at Work series, Ensemble member pianist Chris Reynolds shares his glittering rendition of this holiday classic.
Then, mark your calendars for an amazing New Year’s Eve concert starring soprano Renée Fleming and other artists, see the 2020 Rising Star honorees, solve a Holiday opera crossword puzzle, watch Lawrence Brownlee sing “Come By Here, Good Lord,” and check out our streaming picks for next week.
Happy and Prosperous New Year 2021! Your CUI team.
Macy’s announced their annual holiday window theme Monday, along with details for the company’s seasonal plans.
Macy’s 53rd annual holiday window theme will honor first responders and essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic as a “thank you,” a press release said.
“This holiday season, Macy’s will celebrate the undeniable spirit of first responders, essential workers, marchers for equality and Chicagoans who showed their grit, good humor and hopeful spirit during a tumultuous year in a series of window displays taking the form of a thank you letter,” the company said.
Macy’s announced their holiday message this year is “Thank You, Gracias, Merci,” providing multilingual expressions of gratitude.
The window displays will begin Monday and continue through Jan. 3, 2021.
In addition to thanking first responders through window displays, Macy’s said the company will be delivering Thanksgiving meals to frontline workers throughout the city.
On Monday, workers will bring meals from the Walnut Room kitchen to the Chicago Police Department and Northwestern Medical Hospital’s COVID-19 Unit.
Macy’s Walnut Room has canceled all in-person reservations through Nov. 28, and is continuing to evaluate on a week-by-week basis. The company said should they have to cancel a reservation for COVID-19-related reasons, the account will be credited.
For the first time this year, the Walnut Room is offering family-style takeout meals that serve four to six people. Meals are available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from the Walnut Room Wine Bar or GrubHub for delivery.
Even without the Walnut Room, Macy’s Christmas tree will remain the centerpiece of the Chicago State Street storefront where customers can take pictures through Jan. 3, 2021.
“Under the overarching theme of Give, Love, Believe, this year’s holiday windows complement Macy’s Great Tree to amplify the powerful and vibrant spirit of Chicagoans as the season of joy begins,” Macy’s said.
ABC 7 Chicago showcases the magic of the holiday season with a re-imagined Lights Festival TV special on Sunday, November 22 at 6:00P (CT). ABC 7 Eyewitness News Anchors, Cheryl Burton and Alan Krashesky, will serve as hosts of this hour-long special, with Janet Davies contributing.
A whimsical winter wonderland set, with the iconic Wrigley Building as the backdrop, sets the scene for dynamic musical performances:
Chicago native Jennifer Hudson, winner of Academy and Grammy Awards and star of the upcoming Aretha Franklin Biopic, Respect, will treat viewers to an unforgettable performance. Heather Headley, Tony and Grammy Award-winning actress who now hails from Wheaton, Illinois, will lend her incredible voice to the show. Headley is also starring in the upcoming biopic, Respect.
Joining us from afar with remote performances: platinum and chart-topping country music stars, Rascal Flatts will contribute their special sound. Other performances will include Disney’s amazing a cappella group DCapella; folk, soul, pop duo Johnnyswim; Disney Channel star, Kylie Cantrall; American Idol winner, Laine Hardy; international global pop group, Now United; and Caroline Bowman and Colby from Disney’s Broadway Musical FROZEN.
The BMO Harris Magnificent Mile Lights Festival will be streamed on the ABC 7 Chicago News app and will be availabe on-demand at abc7chicago.com. The TV special is syndicated to audiences nationwide and in Canada through the holiday season.
This year, people from all around the nations will be able to enjoy the beloved tradition from the comfort and safety of their homes through the first-ever virtual Christkindlmarket.
The authentic German-style experience features an onlinemarketplace, family-friendly events, and fun interactive activities. The event will be live Nov. 1st to Dec. 31st and special preorder events are available now.
Children will have the opportunity to participate in Kinder Club virtual activities. Download fun coloring pages, riddles, and the website scavenger hunt for those young and young at heart!
For ONE MONTH ONLY, JoJo’s will be converting it’s 5,000 sq foot outdoor patio into an over the top Pumpkin Patch right in the heart of River North. In addition to hand picking your own pumpkin, guests can enjoy their over-the-top milkshakes, biggie hot chocolates and all of their favor diner classics.
Pumpkin Patch specials include gourmet caramel apples, pumpkin and apple pies, spiked ciders and hot chocolates & their soon to be famous Pumpkin Patch Shake. It comes topped with a slice of Pumpkin Pie, Taffy Apple, Roasted Marshmallow and Reese’s Pretzel.
Tables of six or less are available and also their pumpkin shaped domes will be available at first come, first served basis. No tickets are necessary.
America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby takes place where it began in 1875, at Churchill Downs. Saturday, September 5th, the best of the best horses will come together to race for the opportunity to win the golden trophy.
September has always meant the opening of a new season at Lyric, and though we can’t be together for live performances this fall, Lyric is excited to present a free virtual concert from the stage of the Lyric Opera House.
The starry lineup is led by world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming and features special guests, including Tony Award® and Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter-actress Heather Headley, soprano Ailyn Pérez, bass Soloman Howard, and mezzo-soprano and Ryan Opera Center alumna J’Nai Bridges, with Doug Peck serving as music director. Members of The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center Ensemble and members of the Chicago Children’s Choir will also perform in this enlightening and entertaining program of familiar and revelatory selections from the worlds of opera, Broadway, popular music, and some surprising sources.
Over 231 years ago, on July 14th the French had finally seen a turning point in their revolution with the storming of Bastille. The fortress that once held prisoners freed soldiers ready to fight for an uprising. The fall of Bastille was celebrated in 1790 as the Fête de la Fédération and throughout the years continues to celebrate France’s constitutional monarchy and new unity.
To embrace this French affair, below we share our favorite spots within the Chicago and virtual festivities.
Bistronomic | 840 N. Wabash
Join Bistronomic all week long with dine in and take out specials from July 13th – July 18th. On July 17th, join Bistronomic’s patio for an evening of live music from Daniela Biserius Gipsy Jazz Group.
Marchesa | 535 N. Wells St.
Join Marchesa in a special 3 Course Menu plus an assortment of Cheese course addition and complimentary Amuse Bouche. From Tuesday, July 14th to Saturday, July 18th join the festivities with french music and cocktails such as a Lavendar French Cocktail.
Mon Ami Gabi | 2300 N. Lincoln Park West
Join Mon Ami Gabi this Friday, July 10th to Tuesday, July 14th for limited special menu, that includes gazpacho, frog legs, seafood bouillabisse, along with beautiful views of Lincoln Park.
Bastille Day Trifle with Chef Marc Siever
Get the ingredients Now!
Check out the blog to get a Marc Sievers easy and delicious Trifle recipe.
Alliance Française de Chicago Live Dance Party
Tuesday, July 14th at 6 pm join the Bastille Day party with a Dance Party Livestream. Featuring a French set curated by DJ Max of All-In Electro, streamed on Twitch.
Ars Lyrica presents Vive La France! Bastille Day Celebration Virtual Concert
Tuesday, July 14th at 6 pm Ars Lyrics presents its 16th season with a virtual opening concert broadcast for Bastille Day, Vive L France!
Embassy of France from US going LIVE!
Due to current situations on large gatherings and celebrations. The Embassy of France in the United States and its 10 Consulates General have decided celebrations should go digital. Check out France in the US for music, cultural, contests and such all day long. At 5 pm (Washington DC time) don’t miss ambassador Philippe Étienne!
FIAF’s 4 Day virtual Bastille Celebration
Celebrate Bastille day starting Saturday, July 11th – Tuesday, July 14th virtually with NYC French Institute Alliance Francoise 25th Annual Bastille Day available online with Live performances, film screening, tastings, cooking events, kid activities and so much more.
Congratulations to the Dragon Crew and SpaceX’s Falcon 9 for a successful launch on May 30 from Concierge Unlimited International.
On Saturday, May 30 at 3:22 p.m. EDT, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launched Crew Dragon’s second demonstration (Demo-2) mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and the next day Crew Dragon autonomously docked to the International Space Station. This test flight with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley on board the Dragon spacecraft returned human spaceflight to the United States.
Don’t Miss Nathan Lane & Robert Falls in This Week’s Live @ Five!
Tony, Olivier & Emmy Award-winning star Nathan Lane joins Artistic Director Robert Falls for an exclusive conversation this Friday, May 22 at 5pm CDT.
Set a reminder to watch Nathan Lane and Robert Falls live this Friday, and join us next Friday, May 29 for Live @ Five with Tony Award-winner Mary Zimmerman.