Special Event: WASSAIL! (Chicago)
An Irish-American Christmas at RAVINIA
December 6, 2024

Jeannette Sorrell’s heartwarming celebration of the Irish immigrant experience is back, with delightful new cast members including children.

On Christmas night in Old Ireland, families and friends gathered for singing, storytelling, and plenty of wassail. From a caroling party through the streets of Dublin to a holiday barn dance in Virginia… we follow the hopes and fears of the Irish who bravely crossed the Atlantic. Irish singer Fiona Gillespie joins with fiddlers, medieval harp, and hammered dulcimer to welcome Christmas with LOVE, DANCING, and PRAYER. Bring the whole family!

“Fiona Gillespie sang with power, polish, and idiomatic Irish inflection… with fiddles providing irrepressible Gaelic flair. One wonders if WASSAIL may become another Christmas tradition.” – CHICAGO CLASSICAL REVIEW

Friday, December 6, 2024, 7:30PM
Martin Theater, RAVINIA
NOTE: Tickets for this concert will be available directly from Ravinia.
Featured Artists
Fiona Gillespie,soprano
Elora Kares,soprano
Aryssa Leigh Burrs,mezzo-soprano
Sam Kreidenweiss,baritone
Anna O’Connell,Celtic harp & soprano
Alan Choo & Emi Tanabe,fiddles
Kathie Stewart,wooden flutes
Tina Bergmann,hammered dulcimer

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Meet the Artists

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