Though the weather outside is sultry, soon the seasons will change and the holidays will be upon us, as carols and other yuletide music will go ringing throughout Symphony Center. Starting July 22, tickets are on sale for a festive array of seasonal concerts in November and December, including the musical revue “Merry, Merry Chicago” and the annual CSO Brass showcase. Concerts begin Nov. 25 and continue through Dec. 23 at Symphony Center, unless otherwise noted.
E.T., THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL: Steven Spielberg’s 1982 film about a boy who befriends a little lost alien gets the symphonic treatment, as the CSO performs John Williams’ Oscar-nominated score, conducted by Richard Kaufman, as the movie is projected over the stage. Three performances: Nov. 25 (8 p.m.), Nov. 26 (8 p.m.) and Nov. 27 (3 p.m.). The Nov. 25 date is part of the CSO at the Movies series.
CHANTICLEER: The Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble marks its 16th annual Chicago engagement of “A Chanticleer Christmas” with two performances at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7 at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. Based in San Francisco and founded in 1978, the 12-voice male a cappella ensemble also celebrates its 38th anniversary this season with a program of traditional carols, sacred works and holiday favorites.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: Frank Capra’s holiday perennial will be screened while the CSO performs Dimitri Tiomkin’s classic score, conducted by Justin Freer, in three concerts Dec. 9 (7 p.m. ), Dec. 10 (3 p.m.) and Dec. 11 (3 p.m.).
CSO BRASS: Known for its power and precision, the ensemble will perform traditional brass repertoire as well as symphonic masterworks and holiday treasures in a special evening concert beginning at 8 p.m. Dec. 14.
MERRY, MERRY CHICAGO: Returning for its second year, the CSO’s holiday revue features members of the CSO performing holiday favorites, a festive sing-along including “Christmas in Chicago” with the Chicago Children’s Choir, and an extraordinary guest from the North Pole. Also appearing will be Broadway star Ashley Brown. Six performances, Dec. 16 (7 p.m.), Dec. 17 (3 p.m.), Dec. 21 (3 p.m.), Dec. 22 (3 p.m.) and Dec. 23 (1 and 4:30 p.m.).
THE VIENNA BOYS CHOIR: Continuing an annual tradition, the Vienna Boys Choir returns for a 3 p.m. matinee on Dec. 20. Established more than 500 years ago, the choir is known for its polished sound, irresistible charm and wide repertoire, ranging from Renaissance-era music to contemporary works.
Tickets for all CSOA-presented 2016 holiday performances may be purchased beginning July 22 by phone at (312) 294-3000, online at cso.org or by visiting the Symphony Center box office, 220 S. Michigan.