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The School of Music Presents

Beyond the hundreds of performances given by DePaul School of Music students and faculty each year, our beautiful new Holtschneider Performance Center plays host to local ensembles, touring musicians and other invited guests. More information about all of these artists and their upcoming events can be found below.

Covenant House and Find Your Voice

Find Your Voice: Third Annual Poetry and Music Showcase
Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 7 p.m.
Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall
Find Your Voice is proud to partner with the Covenant House Illinois to present a beautiful evening of music, photography and poetry. Refreshments will be available. 

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About Find Your Voice
Find Your Voice is a collective that focuses on engaging the community through curated poetry events in an effort to provide awareness for non-profit organizations and social issues.

About Covenant House
The Covenant House Illinois, founded in 2017 is a non-profit organization providing the youth a homeless shelter. Currently there are a total of 31 Covenant Houses now standing as a powerful human rights movement for vulnerable youth in 31 cities across six countries.

Windy City Performing Arts

Sparkles of the Season
Saturday, December 1, 2018 | 7 p.m.
Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall
Windy City Performing Arts' first concert in the new Holtschneider Performance Center will sparkle with jazz versions of your favorite holiday songs. Featuring a jazz combo of piano, bass, guitar, trumpets, saxophone and drums, both classical and contemplative songs round out this festive program.

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Lights, Camera, Sing!
Saturday, March 30, 2019 | 7 p.m.
Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall
Soundtracks are some of the most memorable parts of your favorite movies. Windy City Performing Arts will take a tour through the great cinematic scores of yesterday and today performing songs that capture the love, sorrow and excitement of your favorite films.

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Colors of Us
Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 7 p.m.
Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall
Songs of inspiration are more important now than ever. Windy City Performing Arts will perform an eclectic variety of songs that will touch and inspire you, reassuring you of your cherished place in our community, and giving you hope to face the challenges before you.

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About Windy City Performing Arts
Windy City Performing Arts was incorporated in 1983 as an independent not-for-profit umbrella organization for Windy City Gay Chorus, Aria: Windy City Women’s Ensemble (later renamed to Windy City Treble Quire), Unison: Windy City Lesbian and Gay Singers, and Windy City Slickers. (Unison and Windy City Slickers are currently on hiatus.)

Each ensemble in WCPA performs a variety of musical styles from classical to pop. We pride ourselves on musical excellence regardless of the style of music. The choruses have a history of performing major choral works including special commissioned pieces. Windy City Performing Arts celebrates diversity, honors creativity and cultivates pride through the transformative power of music and the arts.

Windy City Performing Arts celebrates diversity, honors creativity and cultivates pride through the transformative power of music and the arts.

Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles

Don't Ask, Don’t Tell
Saturday, November 17, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall
From 1993-2011, the U.S. government kept gay, lesbian and bisexual soldiers in the closet with “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band celebrates the soldiers and veterans who have served openly and proudly since 2011 by performing military-themed band repertoire, with select compositions by gay and lesbian composers. For those who have served this country and those who simply love a parade, “WE WANT YOU!”

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New York, New York
Saturday, April 6, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall
Start spreadin' the news, Lakeside Pride Symphony Band celebrates "The Big Apple." Featuring music composed about and in the city, this concert celebrates the diversity and heritage of New York. From George Gershwin to Lin Manuel Miranda, plus many LGBTQA composers, this concert will melt away your little town blues. So, make a brand new start of it with Lakeside Pride.

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About Lakeside Pride
Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles is Chicago’s premier family of performance groups for members and friends of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Home to four major Lakeside Pride ensembles – jazz orchestra, marching band, chamber ensembles and symphonic band – the organization offers a diverse musical experience for both its audience and its members.

About this season
This season, Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles is honoring the legacy of the Stonewall Riots. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the riots in June 2019, our concert series will celebrate, in reverse chronological order, the landmark events that have shaped the LGBTQA community since Stonewall. Nearly a dozen ensembles will present six concerts this season, celebrating marriage equality, LGBTQA veterans, AIDS activists, New York City as the spark of the modern equality movement and the influence of the Latinx community. The season will culminate with an inspiring and entertaining retrospective of the riots themselves, featuring performances of first-hand accounts from those who had the courage to stand up and fight that week in June 1969.