Candlelight will be setting the winter nights aglow with these mesmerizing musical concerts set in some of Chicago’s most beautiful venues.
Step out of the chilly winter nights and into the most exquisite spaces to experience the most treasured holiday classics. The beloved Candlelight series is bringing talented musicians to perform at venues, illuminated with hundreds of candles this December.
Wrap yourself in seasonal nostalgia with awe-inspiring renditions of classics across genres. Take in festive jazz numbers like “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” by Ella Fitzgerald at Candlelight: Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong’s Holiday Songbook or enjoy a range of different heartwarming holiday classics like “Christmas Time is Here” from A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Candlelight Holiday Special concert.
For an even more multi-sensory experience ballerinas will be dancing amidst candlelight while quintessential winter pieces like Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker, Op. 71.” are played out at Candlelight Ballet: “Swan Lake” from Tchaikovsky & More.
It’s no secret that any soundtrack of the holiday season will lay claim to some of the most recognizable names in Soul history. From James Brown to Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and more; the holidays are a snow-filled playground where Jazz and Soul do their thing. This year there will be an extra special Soul event taking place south of downtown Chicago at the historic Thalia Hall in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.
Chicago Soul Spectacular will be filling this extraordinary landmark with the sounds of trumpet, guitar, piano, bass, drums, and booming vocals alongside the magic of candlelight this December for Candlelight: A Soulful Christmas ft. James Brown, Stevie Wonder & More at Thalia Hall.
Built in 1892 and modeled after the Prague Opera House, Thalia Hall was founded by visionary John Dusek as a public meeting hall for the local community. After closing in the 1960s it remained mostly inactive until it was given a new lease of life in 2013 and, still boasting its original charm and character, today comprises a tavern, two trendy bars, and the iconic world-class performance space, together offering the perfect evening out.
There’ll be several different series taking place on various days with two concerts on each night this holiday season—so you can enjoy them all if that’s your holiday wish! The month kicks off with PureSoul Chicago performances of Candlelight: Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong’s Holiday Songbook on Wednesday, December 1st, and Wednesday, December 8th at the iconic Artifact Events.
The Candlelight: A Soulful Christmas ft. James Brown, Stevie Wonder & More at Thalia Hall will take place on December 22nd before ballerinas from Chicago Crash Dance instead take over the stage at Thalia Hall on Sunday, December 26 accompanied by classical music from Listeso String Quartet.
Listeso String Quartet will then be performing Candlelight: Holiday Special featuring “The Nutcracker” and More on Thursday, December 30th as well as Thursday, December 23rd at Chicago lavish Stan Mansion. There will also be performances of Candlelight Holiday Special: “Silent Night, “Jingle Bells,” & More by Metropolis String Quartet at Salvage one on December 14, 19, 21, 23, 30.