Under the guest direction of Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus artistic director Patrick Sinizich, the always innovative and entertaining nine-member chorus opens its fifteenth season with a program of rarely heard unaccompanied Jewish chants, music by Jewish Renaissance composer Salamone Rossi, service settings by legendary Chicago cantor Max Janowski, Paul Schoenfield’s 1995 “Four Moetes,” Robert Applebaum’s “Im Ein Ani Li,” two works written by Pulitzer Prize-winning University of Chicago composer Shulamit Ran for her sons’ bar mitzvahs, Chicago a cappella music director Jonathan Miller’s rollicking take on the high holiday blessing “Shehecheyanu” and the world premiere of Stacy Garrop’s virtuosic “Hava Nagila,” which the composer describes as moving from “solemn and reverent” to “feverishly dancing” in less than four minutes. (Dennis Polkow)
Thursday, October 11 at Merit School of Music’s Gottlieb Hall , 38 S. Peoria. 7:30pm. $22-$35.