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Albany Park Winter Concert

Come hear what Albany Park sounds like.


December 8, 2022


7:00 PM


Carl Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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Add to Calendar 12/8/2022 7:00 PM America/Chicago Albany Park Winter Concert A community concert showcasing the sounds of Albany Park. Carl Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee Ave.


This seasonal showcase will bring to life the sounds of Chicago's historic Albany Park neighborhood through a concert featuring original music, exciting choreography and multimedia presentations.


Tickets are $10* per person, available for purchase at the concert. All seating is general admission. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.

*Uniting Voices Chicago has a pay-what-you-can policy, allowing guests to pay as much or as little as they like per ticket, including requesting free tickets if desired*


Uniting Voices Chicago strives to make music and performance accessible to anyone who wants it. Assistive listening devices are available at the ticketing desk. The main entrance of Schurz High School is wheelchair accessible. To request accommodations, please email info [at] unitingvoiceschicago [dot] org.

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Albany Park Neighborhood Choir Community Concert

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Carl Schurz High School


Alex Bravos (they/them), Albany Park Neighborhood Choir & School Programs

Bailey Haynes (she/her), School Programs

Dewey Bolz (he/him), School Programs

Magdalena Delgado (she/her), School Programs

About Uniting Voices Chicago

Founded in 1956 at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, Uniting Voices Chicago (formerly Chicago Children’s Choir) empowers and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to find their voice and celebrate their common humanity through the power of music. As a leading non-profit organization, we serve thousands of youth ages 6-18 from every zip code of Chicago through transformative and accessible music education programs and performance opportunities.

After the Show

Feel Inspired?

Like what you heard tonight? Want to be a bold voice for change and an ambassador for your community? Following tonight’s concert, students in grades 3 and up are invited to take part in a vocal placement and be ready to start in our programs for the very next rehearsal. Learn more about Uniting Voices Chicago and our sliding scale tuition at

Black History Month: Sankofa Speaks

February 27 & 28 | Chicago Symphony Center

Sankofa is an Akan Ghanaian word meaning “to go or return and retrieve what was lost.” With this pillar program Uniting Voices Chicago uses performance to raise the visibility of authentic Africana music including selections from Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Trinidad and Tobago, and South Africa, plus a rich legacy of African American music from the United States. Special guests include master djembekhan Sekou Conde and renowned soprano Audrey DuBois Harris.

Concert Program


The Rose, Instrumental

Introduction Video

Albany Park Neighborhood Choir Allegro

Once in Royal David’s City

Trad. English carol

El Coquí

Trad. Puerto Rican folk song


The coqui, the coqui's always singing,

The coqui's singing is very nice

And sometimes, I go to sleep at night

With the sweet singing of the coqui,

Coqui, coqui, coqui, qui, qui, qui

Coqui, coqui, coqui, qui, qui, qui.

The coqui, I love the coqui,

The singing of the coqui is so beautiful,

At night when I go to bed,

It makes me fall asleep singing like that.

Coqui, coqui, coqui, qui, qui, qui

Coqui, coqui, coqui, qui, qui, qui.


from Hansel and Gretel

Engelbert Humperdinck


When at night I go to sleep

Fourteen angels watch do keep

Two my head are guarding

Two my feet are guiding

Two are on my right hand

Two are on my left hand

Two who warmly cover

Two who o’er me hover

Two to whom ’tis given

To guide my steps to heaven

Sleeping softly, then it seems

Heaven enters in my dreams;

Angels hover round me,

Whispering they have found me;

Two are sweetly singing,

Two are garlands bringing,

Strewing me with roses

As my soul reposes.

God will not forsake me

When dawn at last will wake me.

God Yu Tekem Laef Blong Mi

Melanesian chant; adapted by Hans Zimmer; arr. Alex Bravos


Take my life and let it be

Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;

Take my hands and let them move

At the impulse of Thy love.

Take my feet and let them be

Swift and beautiful for Thee;

Take my voice and let me sing,

Always, only for my King.

Take my lips and let them be

Filled with messages from Thee;

Take my silver and my gold,

Not a mite would I withhold.

Take my moments and my days,

Let them flow in endless praise;

Take my intellect and use

Every pow’r as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will and make it Thine,

It shall be no longer mine;

Take my heart, it is Thine own,

It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love, my Lord, I pour

At Thy feet its treasure store;

Take myself and I will be

Ever, only, all for Thee.

Albany Park Neighborhood Choir Vivace

Riu Riu

Trad. Spanish carol; arr. Michael McGlynn


The shepherd by the river:

God protect our sheep from the wolf.

The raging wolf tried to bite her,

But God almighty looked after her well.

He willed to make Her without sin,

Even original sin, this virgin did not have.

This new-born child is a great king,

Christ the Father made flesh;

He saved us by making himself into a tiny child,

He was forever, and is now infinite.

Sing Gently

Eric Whitacre; arr. Alex Bravos


Astor Piazzola; arr. Oscar Escalada

Albany Park Neighborhood Choir Presto

The Rose

Ola Gjiello

On the Mountain

Trad. Ukrainian song; arr. Donald Patriquin

Redwood Tree

Jamie Drake; arr. Dewey Bolz

The Creation

Poem by James Weldon Johnson

Combined Neighborhood Ensembles


Katerina Gimon, Elements; Movement III

Combined Neighborhood Ensembles and School Programs

Revelation 19

Jeffrey LaValley; arr. Lonnie Norwood; string arr. Alex Bravos & Dewey Bolz


Trad. Yoruba song; arr. Lonnie Norwood

English Interpretation: I will make joyful noise, I will be successful, I will be fruitful/productive.


W. Mitchell Owens III

Tonight’s Performers

Albany Park Neighborhood Choir Allegro

Sofia Abshire

Ewan Atherton

Zola Baumgaertner+

Amelia Berlin

Anu Bhutt+

Scarlet Burnett*

Lucy Chilvers+

Ivy Dado+

Elsa Fallen+

Leah Gilstrap

Azalea Grafton

Indigo Greenberg+

Desi Holmberg+*

Kai Jardine

Collin Kreidler

Sylvia Kurtz

Josie LaRue+

Elizaveta Lopez

Katie Nowak+

E Patton

Izzy Presas

Eunice Rodriguez

Sonia Sanders+

Renee Song+

Ania Lee Stronsky+

Marilyn Verdin+

Vivian Vandersluis+

Julian Victorian+

Orla Walker+

Josh Yuknis+

Albany Park Neighborhood Choir Vivace

Emmy Bassik+*

Clavin DuFloth

Jaxon DuFloth

Berenice Hernandez

Charlotte Jurgeleit

Beatrix Kurtz

Pearl Marino-Beard+

Maya Mote

Evie Molden+

Iker Paredes

Livia Pouw Janalys Rivera

Anthony Rosario+

Trey Sawyer

Casey Scott+

Ethan Tihal

Louisa Vanada+

Vivian Wilson+

Albany Park Neighborhood Choir Presto

Luna Garcia

Lucy Herr Shirrell+

Marline Hortillo

Keira Kreidler

Ziyu Liu+

Simone Marino-Beard+*

Leonie Ott-Bono

Claire Schmitt*

Vita Shcherbyna+

Alyssa Silveyra*

Stella Stronsky

Es Troccoli

Ciara Walker

Pepper Wilbur*

New to Albany Park Neighborhood Choir+


School Programs

CICS Irving Park

Disney II Magnet School

Edison Regional Gifted Center

Grover Cleveland Elementary School

Hibbard G. Elementary School


Wes Dziedzic (Piano)

Angelica D’Costa (Violin)

Meena Cho (Cello)

Phil Stanley (F Horn)

Tim Seisser (Bass)

Kellen Boersma (Guitar)

Marquis Carter (Drums)

Dewey Bolz (Percussion)

Special Thanks

North Park Covenant Church

Carl Schurz High School

Thank you to our Program Assistant Aubry Nelson.

Edison Regional Gifted Center

Karen Valentine, Principal Jennifer Anderson-Flynn, Liaison

CICS Irving Park

Claire Kreller, K-8 Instruction Lead Lissette Guerrero, Liaison

Hibbard G. Elementary School

Scott Ahlman, Principal Barbara Engelmann, Liaison

Disney II Magnet School

Iliana Rzodkiewicz, Principal Kent Barnhart, Liaison

Grover Cleveland Elementary School

Deborah Ward, Principal Kristine Stanton, Liaison