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My name is Gary Zidek. Welcome to The Arts Section. Tune into the radio program every Sunday morning on WDCB 90.9 & 90.7 FM or listen to it online here. I'll be showcasing a variety of arts & entertainment, as well as.highlighting some creative ideas.

Celebrating the Holidays at Orchestra Hall

Celebrating the Holidays at Orchestra Hall

WDCB’s Gary Zidek previews the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s annual holiday tradition, MERRY MERRY CHICAGO.

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“The emotions that it evokes in me. Joy, hope and excitement. That little kid feeling of believing in magic. Those songs bring this giddy, soda bubble-up sparkle out in me this, and I love it, I’m a super dork about it” - Storm Large talking about her love of Christmas music.

Vocalist Storm Large

Vocalist Storm Large

Vocalist Storm Large, the Young Naperville SIngers and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will fill Orchestra Hall with holiday favorites for the CSO’s annual program, MERRY MERRY CHICAGO

WDCB’s Gary Zidek caught up with Large to talk about her love of holiday music and her approach to a program like this.

Storm Large

Storm Large

This year, the Young Naperville SIngers were chosen as the children’s choir for MERRY MERRY CHICAGO. Gary visited one of the choir’s final rehearsals before the concerts.

Young Naperville SIngers Artistic Director Angie Johnson leading rehearsal

Young Naperville SIngers Artistic Director Angie Johnson leading rehearsal

Young Naperville Singers Artistic Director Angie Johnson says the organization has grown tremendously in recent years. There are around 400 kids and teens singing in YNS’ 10 choirs. Johnson says the organization was beyond thrilled to learn it had been selected to perform in the CSO’s MERRY MERRY CHICAGO program this year.

Young Naperville SIngers Artistic Director Angie Johnson leading rehearsal

Young Naperville SIngers Artistic Director Angie Johnson leading rehearsal

Young Naperville Singers will be joining members of the CSO and the very talented Storm Large for this year’s MERRY MERRY CHICAGO, which runs Friday December 14 through Sunday December 23.  Head to cso.org for more info.

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