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Neighbors of Kane County

Spotlight on Arts: November & December

Oct 28, 2016 10:40AM ● By Neighbors Magazines


Waterline Writers hosts live lit events

Waterline Writers is a monthly event for writers and those who love the written word. Each event is a unique opportunity to hear diverse, talented writers reading original published and not-yet-published work. If you are a writer, it’s the place to share your very best with an enthusiastic audience in the main art gallery at Water Street Studios, 160 S. Water St. Batavia. Waterline Writers meet on third Sundays at 7pm. Their next two shows will be Nov. 20 and Dec. 18.

Handel’s “Sing-Along” Messiah performed

Enter the Christmas season joyously by joining in a community sing-along of Handel’s Messiah sponsored by the Fox Valley Orchestra and Chorus. This performance will be presented on Sun., Dec. 18, at 3pm at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre, located at the intersection of Wilson St. and Western Ave. The local community and the entire area are invited to participate in singing the choral sections of this famous work that focuses on the Christmas story.

All are welcome whether you wish to sing or to listen. For those who need one, music scores will also be available for purchase in the lobby before the performance. This year’s performance is sponsored in part by the Batavia Arts Council, and in its sixth year this Messiah performance has become a highly regarded community tradition. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased either online or at the venue. All proceeds benefit the many orchestra and chorus programs for the community.

See The Fox Valley Nutcracker at the Batavia Fine Arts Center

State Street Dance Studio presents The Fox Valley Nutcracker, a Fox Valley holiday tradition that showcases students and families from State Street, as well as other local dance studios and professional dancers, in the beloved holiday classic The Nutcracker. The show features lavish sets, festive costumes and Tchaikovsky’s magical score. Performances take place at the Batavia Fine Arts Center, Sat., Nov. 26 at 7pm and Sun., Nov. 27 at 2pm.

Danu performs a Christmas Gathering at Fermilab

The acclaimed Irish ensemble, Danu, brings the music, dance and storytelling traditions of an Irish Christmas to Fermilab with ‘Feile na Nollag’ (A Christmas Gathering), Dec. 3 at 8pm. Danu’s Christmas Gathering offers a taste of extraordinary events that have been held across Ireland for hundreds of years. Winners of major awards from the BBC and Irish Music Magazine, Danu returns with a new celebration of Christmas and Wrens Day from their homeland.


Orion Ensemble hosts 24th anniversary benefit

The Orion Ensemble, winner of the prestigious Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, celebrates its 24th anniversary with a benefit performance and party Sat., Nov, 19 at 12pm at Dunham Woods Riding Club in Wayne. Proceeds will help support Orion’s performances and outreach efforts to young musicians.

The event features a special concert by Orion in the setting of the historic Dunham Woods Riding Club, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. After the performance, guests enjoy lunch and have an opportunity to help choose encore performances of works Orion has performed by buying votes for their preferred selections. The musicians mingle and chat with guests in this intimate setting. This event offers Orion fans an extra chance to enjoy the Ensemble’s music while supporting its work.

The ensemble also performs at First Baptist Church of Geneva Nov., 6 at 7pm. Showcasing its three original ensemble members—clarinetist Kathryne Pirtle, violinist Florentina Ramniceanu and pianist Diana Schmück—present “Serenade by Three: Orion Beginnings.” The program features works by Edward Yadzinski, Franz Liszt, Aram Khachaturian, Srul Irving Glick and Academy Award-winning composer John Williams. 630-628-9591,

Support the arts at the Eat Your Art Out! gala

The Geneva Cultural Arts Commission will be hosting its annual Eat Your Art Out! fundraiser on Nov. 5, where fine art will be paired with food and wine, culminating in culinary masterpieces inspired by original art work. The beautiful Herrington Inn & Spa will again host this unique and exclusive event where sensory treats will abound throughout the evening, from the first sip and bite to the last, as guests come together on one night to support the GCAC creating diverse cultural arts experiences for the community throughout the year.

Elf Jr—The Musical at Playhouse 38

Playhouse 38 in Geneva presents Elf. Jr.—The Musical, Fri., Dec. 9 at 7pm. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity, win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Tickets are $10 each and will be available at Sunset Community Center.

North Aurora

America’s #1 Humorist Garrison Keillor returns

Each week, more than 4 million people heard Garrison Keillor, the “King of the Mic,” introduce musical artists and storytellers on his long-running public radio variety show, A Prairie Home Companion. On Sun., Nov. 13 at 3pm, Keillor returns to the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, for his only Chicago-area live engagement this fall.

Keillor shares stories, advice, a couple of jokes and maybe even a song or two, all with the captivating charisma and witty humor fans know and love. 630-896-6666,

St. Charles

St. Charles Singers present “Candlelight Carols”

The St. Charles Singers will gift wrap a colorful new array of more than 20 songs for its annual “Candlelight Carols” Christmas program, a holiday concert tradition for the choir since its founding in 1984.

The St. Charles Singers will perform “Candlelight Carols” at 7:30pm on Fri., Dec. 2 at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church, 307 Cedar Ave., St. Charles; 7:30pm on Sat., Dec. 3, at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago; and 3pm on Sun., Dec. 4 at Baker Church in St. Charles.

ESO presents Sleeping Beauty

Music director Andrew Grams will conduct the ESO in a program of popular ballet suites - Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake and Stravinsky’s Petrushka on Sat., Nov. 5, 7:30pm and Sun., Nov. 6, 2:30pm at the Hemmens Cultural Center. The program spotlights the award-winning ESO, named 2016 Illinois Professional Orchestra of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, and is an ideal concert for families and those new to classical music. 847-888-4000,

The Ultimate Christmas Carol opens at Steel Beam Theatre

The Steel Beam Theatre in St. Charles presents “The Ultimate Christmas Carol,” opening Fri., Nov. 25 & Sat., Nov. 26 (8 pm); Sun (3 pm). This hilarious, screwball musical combines the heart-warming original, some modern time bends and very original holiday songs. Add audience participation, sing-along ghostly visits and more. 630-587-8521,