Season of Carols began as the tiniest seed of an idea: to raise money for Season of Concern by recording one holiday song. That tiny idea quickly blossomed to include an entire CD full of holiday songs recorded by some of the brightest stars of the Chicago theatre and music community. 100% of the proceeds of this CD go to benefit Season of Concern.
SEASON OF CAROLS 2013 features the Chicago casts of The Color Purple (Mercury Theater Chicago), Cymbeline (First Folio Theatre), James Joyce's The Dead (Court Theatre), Mary Poppins (Marriott Theatre), Old Jews Telling Jokes (Royal George Theatre), Shrek (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Theatre at the Center), and Larry Adams from the Chicago cast of A Christmas Carol (Theatre at the Center). It also includes Jazz artist Peter Eldridge, Chicago singer/songwriters Jess Godwin and Cory Goodrich, Chicago cabaret stars Beckie Menzie, Tom Michael, Kingsley Day, David Edelfelt, Roberta Duchak and Ann McMann, as well as Chicago's performers of tomorrow – students from The Chicago Academy for the Arts.
SEASON OF CAROLS 2012 featured some of Chicago’s best performers like The Lincoln Squares, Birdie Wing, Cheri Coons, the casts of Christmas Schooner, Motherhood the Musical, the Chicago cast of Million Dollar Quartet, Starting Here, Starting Now, Violet, Floyd Collins, The Hunchback Variations and A Little Night Music. This diverse collection includes original holiday tunes, Hanukkah songs, traditional Christmas carols and other winter favorites. Funded privately by caring members of our community, close to 100 artists came together to volunteer their time, money and skills, to raise money for this incredible local charity.
Season of Concern is the Chicagoland theatre community's fundraising organization, providing compassionate care to those in our community who are experiencing the effects of catastrophic illness. This effort supports the fight against HIV and AIDS by contributing to programs that provide direct care (personal financial support, housing care, meals, medications, legal assistance, and other services) to members of the Chicago and Midwestern theatre community; and by addressing emergency needs expressed by theatre community members in their struggles against other life-threatening illnesses.
As they say in John Reeger and Julie Shannon's beloved show, The Christmas Schooner: "Our blessings aren't ours to keep. They're meant to be passed along." And so, we raise our voices and we pass this very special music on to you.
Thank you for supporting Season of Concern by purchasing this album. In doing so, you are making a direct contribution to members of our community who are in desperate need. We hope you enjoy our gift to you in the spirit of the season.
Eugene Dizon and Cory Goodrich