Tickets go on sale July 25 for a festive array of seasonal concerts in November and December, including the annual “Welcome Yule!” spectacular and the CSO Brass. Concerts begin Nov. 28 and continue through Dec. 23 at Symphony Center, unless otherwise noted.
PIXAR IN CONCERT: Three concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductor Richard Kaufman, feature music from classic Pixar films such as the “Toy Story” trilogy, “Finding Nemo,” “Up” and more. As the CSO performs live, clips from these animated films will be projected on a screen above the stage. The concert Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. kicks off the 2014/15 CSO at the Movies series, with two additional non-subscription performances also available on Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 30 at 3 p.m.
VIENNA BOYS CHOIR: Continuing a Thanksgiving-weekend tradition, the Vienna Boys Choir returns for a 3 p.m. matinee on Nov. 29. 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.
CHANTICLEER: The Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble marks its 14th annual Chicago engagement of “A Chanticleer Christmas” with two performances at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2-3 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 37th anniversary this season with a program of traditional carols, sacred works and holiday favorites.
SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK: This Grammy-nominated, female a cappella ensemble presents “Celebrating the Holydays,” featuring music from faiths and religions worldwide via vocals rooted in African- American traditions, on Dec. 7 at 3 p.m.
WELCOME YULE!: Now in its 20th year, this holiday spectacular, conceived and conducted by Chicago Symphony Chorus director Duain Wolfe, features sing-alongs, dancers, a children’s chorus and holiday characters. This year, there will be eight performances, beginning Dec. 13 and running through Dec. 23.
CSO BRASS: Known for its power and precision, the ensemble will perform traditional brass repertoire as well as symphonic masterworks and holiday treasures on Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.
Tickets for all CSOA-presented 2014 holiday performances may be purchased beginning July 25 by phone at (312) 294-3000, online at cso.org or by visiting the Symphony Center box office, 220 S. Michigan.
PHOTO: Duain Wolfe listens as Scrooge goes into a “bah, humbug” routine during a “Welcome Yule!” concert in 2012. | Photo by Todd Rosenberg Photography