Though the summer weather outside is not so delightful, soon the seasons will change, and the holidays will be upon us, with carols and other yuletide music ringing throughout Symphony Center. Starting July 19, tickets will go 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. 29 and continue through Dec. 23 at Symphony Center, unless otherwise noted.

The lineup:

Nov. 29-30 and Dec.1, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in Concert: Led by guest conductor Justin Freer, members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform a live-to-picture presentation of the fourth installment of one of Hollywood’s most beloved film franchises on Nov. 29 (7:30 p.m.), Nov. 30 8 (7:30 p.m.) and Dec. 1 (3 p.m.). Featuring Patrick Doyle’s score, based on themes by John Williams, “The Goblet of Fire” (2005) is part of the Harry Potter Film Concert series, another multimedia experience from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Launched in June 2016, the Harry Potter Film Concert series has presented of hundreds of performances across more than 35 countries worldwide.

Nov. 30, The Vienna Boys Choir: Continuing an annual tradition, the Vienna Boys Choir returns for a 2 p.m. matinee. 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.

Dec. 3-4, A Chanticleer Christmas: The Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer marks its 19th annual Chicago yuletide engagement with two performances at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3-4 at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut. Based in San Francisco, founded in 1978 and celebrating its 41st anniversary in 2019, the 12-voice male a cappella group will offer a program of traditional carols, sacred works and holiday favorites.

Dec. 6-8, “Home Alone” in Concert: Filmed in Chicago and on the North Shore, the holiday-themed 1990 comedy returns for another Symphony Center engagement Dec. 6 (7 p.m), Dec. 7 (3 p.m.) and Dec. 8 (3 p.m.), as guest conductor Richard Kaufman leads members of the CSO in John Williams’ Oscar-nominated score. Written by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus, “Home Alone” became the highest-grossing comedy up to that time. (Adjusted for inflation, it still remains No. 1 on the list of all-time highest-grossing live-action comedies.)

Dec. 14-23, “Merry, Merry Chicago!”: Returning for its fifth edition, the holiday revue features members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Emil de Cou, and the Chicago Symphony Chorus, prepared by Duain Wolfe, in yuletide favorites. Joining them will be a special guest from the North Pole. Six performances, Dec. 14 (3 p.m.), Dec. 15 (3 p.m.), Dec. 20 (7:30 p.m.), Dec. 21 (3 p.m.), Dec. 22 (7:30 p.m.) and Dec. 23 (3 p.m.).

Dec. 18, CSO Brass: Known for its power and precision, the ensemble will perform traditional brass repertoire as well as symphonic masterworks and holiday treasures in an evening concert beginning at 8 p.m.

Tickets for all CSOA-presented 2019 holiday performances may be purchased beginning at 10 a.m. July 19 by phone at (312) 294-3000, online at or by visiting the Symphony Center box office, 220 S. Michigan.

TOP: A very special guest greets the crowd at “Merry, Merry Chicago!” last season. | Photo: Todd Rosenberg Photography 2018