Lakeside Singers Holiday Concert Review – Make It a Tradition

Continues until December 18 at various locations

The Lakeside Singers is an essential part of our holiday tradition and it’s a habit I have no intention of breaking anytime soon. I can’t think of a better way to get into the holiday spirit and stay there for the duration and beyond.  Like a delicious taste or fragrance, it lingers, and brings back warm memories.

As always, at “In the Frosty Air”, this year’s holiday concert, we enjoyed their trademark jolly, joyous concert voices in two well-defined "acts" that even include a costume change to make sure we get it.

"Act I:" Off to a quiet classical start

The classical first half featured music of Bach and Lauridsen and carols from around the world. Bring your jangled nerves, frazzled schedule and holiday jitters and feel them melt away as you listen to the “Gloria from the Bach Mass in G minor,” familiar carols and quaint, quirky, quietly profound music from Germany, Spain, England, Mexico and France.  Add to that the most ingenious musical prank I’ve ever seen in a concert and that pretty much summarizes what I call the celestial portion of this program. During the intermission, prepare yourself for a complete change of pace.

"Act II:" On to high-energy contemporary selections  

In the second half the singers “let loose” with unique stylizations of music from the movie Polar Express (“Conductor” Dan McDonald is too cute for words!) and holiday favorites in blues, jazz, pop and gospel arrangements.

The tunes were made famous by Koko Taylor, Bette Midler, Gene Puerling, Celine Dion and N’Sync. The Lakeside Singers’ authoritative interpretation revived, refreshed and reinterpreted them.

Its incredible band (often assisted by versatile singer/instrumentalists) added deft finishing touches that were bold, brassy and brilliant. Jon Negus played four different instruments and sang a knockout solo.

...And then everybody gets into the "Act"

The concert “winds down” with the popular sing-along followed by the bring-the-house-down-gospel stylings of Josie Falbo. What a finish!

About The Lakeside Singers

Founded in the fall of 1999, the  Lakeside Singers is a unique group of outstanding professional singers, composers and arrangers, half of whom have the majority of their performing experience in classical choral music and half in non-classical styles.

Individually, they have performed in TV and radio commercials, operas, early music ensembles, film scores, Broadway shows, jazz clubs, cruise ships, cabarets, in classical choral and popular concerts across the country.

The Lakeside Singers are headquartered in Evanston and operate under the leadership of Robert Bowker, noted singer, conductor, composer, arranger and producer. The devotion of The Lakeside Singers to their music is evident. Individuals must audition for acceptance to the group and must re-audition every two years.

 Get your share of their signature Lakeside Singers tidings of comfort and joy!

The concert series continues December 7-18 :

Monday, December 7 at 8:00 pm,  Metropolis, 111 Campbell St., Arlington Heights. Tickets: $35 adults, $25 seniors/students, 847-577-2121 or

Thursday, December 17, 7:30 pm, The Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph, Chicago. Tickets: $10-$40, 312-334-7777 or

Friday, December 18, 8:00 pm, Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets: $30 adults, $20 seniors/students and $10 children under 12, 630-637-7469 or

Tickets for all concerts available at the door.

For information and reservations, visit  

Still haven’t ordered tickets? See a video of excerpts from last year’s Christmas Concert. Visit That'll do it.

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