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.
Tessera Winds had its inaugural performance last year for a holiday concert. So it’s fitting for the ensemble to be featured among the Baker’s Dozen Holiday Festival artists. Featuring a unique combination of saxophones, brass, and custom arrangements, Tessera Winds performs diverse chamber music throughout the Chicago area. They will perform two holiday favorites – Up on the Housetop and Joy to the World. Follow Tessera Winds on Facebook.
The talented teenagers who comprise the Vivace Trio join the Baker’s Dozen Holiday Festival with their arrangements of Christmastime is Here and the Carol of the Bells. This St. Charles-based ensemble enjoys performing classical favorites and contemporary hits. Violinist Cate Winsor, violist Harry Graham and cellist Kennedy Buehler attend St. Charles East and North High Schools. The three are longtime members of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, where they developed a close friendship built on their love of chamber music. After often getting together to just play music, the three musicians founded The Vivace Trio in 2019 to share their passion with the community. They have enjoyed entertaining at restaurants, private events, and at outdoor community events over the past year. Follow the trio on Facebook.
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