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Acappellago to perform in Batavia

Acappellago's spring concert is bursting with color! And with seven world-premiere pieces! Join them March 17 and 18 as the western suburbs' leading volunteer a cappella chorus presents Escape to...The Wonderful World of Color.

Their program spans multiple genres, from the classic "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair" to the folk song "Green Grow the Lilacs," the pop harmonies of "Blue Moon" and "Brown-Eyed Girl," and the jazzy "Orange-Colored Sky" and "Blue Rondo A La Turk."

Composer and jazz pianist Robert Applebaum, based on the North Shore for most of his musical career, has provided works for renowned area groups including the Chicago Children's Choir and Chicago Acappella. Acappellega presents five of Applebaum's newest works in this concert--the Primary Colors Suite (Blue, Red, Yellow) based on poems by Evanston poet Susan Spaeth Cherry, plus "Silver," based on a poem by Walter de la Mare, and "Witchery," with lyrics by Frank Dempster Sherman.

Two of Acappellago's own members have also composed pieces for this program: "Grey Dawn," by Lorinda Guenther-Wright, who also plays in the folk trio Aeverling, and "What is Pink?" by  arranger alto Victoria Linich, using a poem by Christina Rossetti.

Acappellago, now in its 16th season, is the western suburbs’ leading volunteer a cappella chorus, and is known for its eclectic programming that spans classical music, jazz, pop, and gospel. led by Music Director Dennis R. Smith.

 The first performance will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the Event Hall at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st Street, Oak Brook. The second will be held on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm at the Congregational Church of Batavia, 21 S. Batavia Avenue, across from the Batavia Public Library.

Ticket prices are $17 ($15 for students and seniors). or by phone at (708) 484-3797.

Acappellago is supported by its patrons and by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, the Batavia Arts Council and its generous patrons.

Check out this video. The Acappellego sound is mesmerizing.

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