Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) Conservatory Chorus will perform live for the first time with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at CSO’s Home Alone in Concert series on Dec. 6-8.
Attracting holiday music lovers from all over Chicagoland, the three-show sold-out concert series at Symphony Center will be a chance for audiences to view the movie Home Alone while listening to live performances of the film’s music.
It also will be a thrilling opportunity for more than 60 young singers from Roosevelt’s CCPA Conservatory Chorus and the Chicago Public Schools’ Walter Payton College Preparatory High School Choir to perform alongside a world-class orchestra.
"We are honored to join the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in performing some of the season’s best holiday music,” said Cheryl Frazes Hill, director of choral activities at Roosevelt who also conducts the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus.
“This is a popular concert attracting hundreds of people,” added Frazes-Hill, who recently prepared the MSO Chorus for two sold-out Home Alone shows with the Milwaukee Symphony in Milwaukee.
In preparation for the CSO shows, Frazes-Hill has had her students watch the Home Alone movie so they can get an idea of where their performances will fall. She also has conducted them in singing many holiday carols from the movie including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
Frazes Hill also is associate conductor of the CSO Chorus. She has recently been coaching student singers from Roosevelt and Walter Payton on all aspects of a once-in-a-lifetime stage opportunity with the CSO that she believes must include precision in everything from walking on stage to following cues for standing up to sing and sitting down when parts are over.
“I know that these young singers are very much looking forward to this special occasion, and I am preparing them to be ready when they take the stage with the CSO,” she said.
The Home Alone Concert series shows will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8.
“It’s definitely a big occasion for our choir and a lifetime opportunity for our young people,” added Kathleen Johnston, director of choirs at Walter Payton College Preparatory High School.
Her high school singers performing with the CSO range in age from 15 to 18 years and come from every zip code area in the city of Chicago. They join in singing with Roosevelt college singers who are also young and have had experience as guest performers.
“It’s certainly the case that we are performing in a number of amazing shows this academic year,” said Tiffany Melvin, a 21-year-old soprano with Roosevelt’s CCPA Conservatory Chorus, which is currently preparing to sing composer Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Chicago Sinfonietta at Symphony Center in January 2020.
“But I think that the Home Alone shows will be the most fun and attract the largest audiences,” she added. “We all really love this chance. Not only do we have a rare opportunity to sing a movie soundtrack. We also get to do it with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and its energy.”