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Englewood Winter Concert

This is what Englewood sounds like.


December 14, 2022


7:00 PM


St. Benedict the African Catholic Church, 6550 S. Stewart Ave.

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Add to Calendar 12/14/2022 7:00 PM America/Chicago Englewood Winter Concert A unique musical experience bringing the sounds of the Chicago's Englewood neighborhood to life. St. Benedict the African Catholic Church, 6550 S. Stewart Ave.


This seasonal showcase will bring to life the sounds of Chicago's historic Englewood 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 before 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*

Getting There

St. Benedict the African Catholic Church is located right off I-90 and I-94 and is about 15 minutes from the Red Line at 63rd and the Green Line at Halsted. Parking is located north of the church building with entrances on Stewart and Harvard streets.


Uniting Voices Chicago strives to make music and performance accessible to anyone who wants it. To request accommodations, including priority seating, assistive listening devices or large print programs, please email info [at] unitingvoiceschicago [dot] org.

Englewood Neighborhood Choir is supported in part by Egwele & Co.

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Englewood Neighborhood Choir Community Concert

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

St. Benedict the African Church


Lonnie Norwood, Englewood Neighborhood Choir

Elisabeth Baker, Jesse Sherwood Elementary School Choir

Farlanda Buchannon, Joshua D. Kershaw Magnet School Choir

Bailey Haynes, Barbara A. Sizemore Academy School Choir

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

Englewood Neighborhood Choirs Combined

I Got You (I Feel Good)

James Brown

Afehyia Pa

Trad. Ghanaian carol; arr. Kwadwo Donkoh


Season’s greetings!

If the year has met us

Let’s celebrate!

Good is what is right

Curses must leave

Englewood Neighborhood Choirs Combined and School Programs

Ariwo (Song to Ògún)

Ella Andall

Courage, My Friend

South African anti-Apartheid song

Englewood Neighborhood Choir Vivace

De Colores

Trad. Mexican folk song; arr. Lonnie Norwood, Jr.


In colors, in colors

The fields are dressed in the spring.

In colors, in colors

Are the little birds that come from outside.

In colors, in colors

Is the rainbow that we see shining.

And that is why I love

The great loves of many colors

Englewood Neighborhood Choir Allegro/Vivace Combined

Sarveshaam Svastir Bhavatu

Hindu mantra; arr. Lonnie Norwood, Jr.; inspired by the recording of Regula Curti & Roland Frey

English Interpretation:


May there be an abundance of well-being in all,

May there be an abundance of peace in all,

May there be an abundance of fulfillment/fullness in all,

May there be an abundance of auspiciousness/promise in all

Jingle Bell Swingin’

James Pierpont; instrumental by Swing Shift; arr. Lonnie Norwood, Jr.

Tonight’s Performers

Englewood Neighborhood Choir Allegro

Sariyah Beloch

Shalom Burr-Briggs

Abrielle Lett

Juan Palomares

Albert Rhodes

Taliyah Robinson

Torrin Robinson

Miguel Tidmore

Cadero Streeter

Caneja Streeter

Englewood Neighborhood Choir Vivace

Cassidy Banks

John Curney

Shawn Garrett

Victoria Palomares

School Choir Programs

Barbara A. Sizemore Academy

Joshua D. Kershaw Magnet School

Jesse Sherwood Elementary School

The Englewood Neighborhood Choir is made possible, in part, by support from Egwele & Company and the Lyon Family Foundation.

Special Thanks

St. Benedict the African Church

Thank you to our Program Assistant Veronica Morales.

Barbara A. Sizemore Academy

Nakia Thurmond, Principal

Karla Lyles, Liaison

Joshua D. Kershaw Magnet School

Jennifer Clayton, Principal

Aileen Lopez, Liaison

Jesse Sherwood Elementary School

Alice Buzanis, Principal

Angela White, Assistant Principal