This holiday season creates unique challenges for the performing arts, due to the ongoing public health emergency. In response, the Norris Cultural Arts Center brings the holidays home to you with a unique 13-day, online holiday festival, presented free as our holiday gift to the community.
It’s called “Norris Presents A Baker’s Dozen Holiday Festival,” not only because we recorded the performances at the historic Baker Community Center, but because a “baker’s dozen” traditionally has meant 13 of anything – something extra beyond a simple dozen.
Starting December 12 and daily through December 23, we will premiere new, brief videos on our website and on YouTube, featuring holiday-themed performances by local performers or ensembles. On Christmas Eve, December 24, the festival will culminate in a combined reprise of all 12 episodes in a special, multi-genre holiday program.
Each new daily episode of the festival will be available for viewing on The Norris website starting at 12:00 noon, and will remain available through the end of the Christmas season.
St. Charles native, Taylor Sherry, is home for the holidays from her new home in Los Angeles, where she is pursuing her acting career. Taylor is a singer, dancer, and actress with a degree in Musical Theatre from Florida State University. She shares with our Baker’s Dozen Holiday Festival audience a poignant rendition of the well known tune, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”
Pianist Andrew Blendermann performs a medley of Christmas television themes for the Baker’s Dozen Holiday Festival. Andrew brings a flexible performance style to his repertoire of nearly 2000 songs – from Beethoven to Broadway, Sinatra to Smash Mouth. Starting with a classical background from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, Andrew has been performing professionally in and around Chicagoland for more than 20 years. His wide-ranging career includes piano bars (Davenport’s, Howl at the Moon, The Signature Room), musical theatre (Marriott Lincolnshire, Drury Lane), a cappella (Navy Pier Players, Harmony Sweepstakes), and private events for every occasion. Visit his website for more information.
We thank our sponsors and donors for supporting this special project, including Mike Corbett Edward Jones as our main festival sponsor, our media partners at the Kane County Chronicle and Daily Herald, and generous donors Bob and Pat Van Dusen, along with our board and staff and so many others who have shared their time, talent and financial support in this and other Norris events and programs. We also thank the St. Charles Park District for its cooperation in facilitating our use of the Baker Community Center.
Mike Corbett Edward Jones, 202 East Main Street, St. Charles