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St. Cecilia Music Center Presents Grammy Award Winning Jazz Vocalist Kurt Elling for a Virtual Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 6 at 4 pm, with Special Guest Vocalist Lizz Wright

On Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 4 pm, West Michigan can take part in some holiday cheer from St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC). Everyone in West Michigan and beyond will be able to enjoy a “Christmas in Chicago” virtual event within the safety of their own homes featuring Grammy-award winning jazz vocalist Kurt Elling with special guest artist Lizz Wright.
Cathy Holbrook, Executive & Artistic Director of SCMCsays, “When we were given the opportunity to present this virtual holiday event with Kurt Elling from Chicago, there was no question we wanted in. Kurt was the first artist we presented on our jazz series 13 years ago and has since returned as a fan favorite. We are so happy to bring him into your home to start your holiday celebration!”

The Virtual Holiday Concert with Kurt Elling and Lizz Wright will be performed live (no audience) at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge in Chicago for presentation on December 6 at 4 pm EST, with 48-hour access to the concert following the virtual live performance.

Tickets for the virtual live Holiday Concert are $20 and allow for 48 hours of on-demand viewing. A portion of the ticket sale will support St. Cecilia Music Center.

Remaining Virtual Series’ concerts by SCMC include the Bob James concert on December 17 and a special concert by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on December 3 featuring Anne-Marie McDermott and other CMS artists. For more about these December FREE virtual concerts offered by SCMC for home viewing, see scmc-online.org/virtual/.

Kurt Elling Bio

Renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, Grammy winner Kurt Elling has secured his place among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. Declared “the standout male vocalist of our time” by The New York Times, Elling has garnered unprecedented accolades, including a fourteen-year run atop the DownBeat Critics Poll, a dozen Grammy nominations, and eight Jazz Journalists Association awards for “Male Singer of the Year.”

Kurt Elling exclaims “I had so much fun bringing you my 25th Anniversary Virtual Tour that I’ve decided to do one more show! This time, I’ll be performing music from my Sony holiday release The Beautiful Day. I’m also delighted to announce that the wonderful vocalist Lizz Wright will be joining me as a special guest.

Kurt Elling’s album, “The Beautiful Day: Kurt Elling Sings Christmas”, celebrates the promise and magic of the season that touches people of all faiths and beliefs. The Beautiful Day reimagines the sounds of Christmas, mixing traditional carols decked out in new arrangements with songs that are revelations and rediscovered treats. Elling says, “I knew I didn’t want to make a ‘religious’ record, just as I knew I didn’t want to make a standard, swingin’ jazzy Christmas [album]. I’m trying to expand my consciousness and embrace the goodness of the season, and I want to include everybody. For me, Christmas is a time of consideration, of pondering mysteries.”

St. Cecilia Music Center’s mission is to promote the study, appreciation and performance of music in order to enrich the lives of West Michigan residents. The Center fulfills this mission by presenting visiting world-class artists in concert, providing music education for all ages through our School of Music and preserving a historic building for musical activities and community events