2009 Performance & Events Schedule
All activities take place in the Holiday Stage area off the Museum’s East Court, Main Floor. Please note that the schedule is subject to change. Choral performances by area school groups will also take place from Nov. 26 through Dec. 18.
Gingerbread White House (Friday, Dec. 4 - Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010)
See the White House in sweet splendor with a mouth-watering model of the White House created by pastry instructor Marilyn Santos-McNabb and her students from the Cooking & Hospitality Institute of Chicago (CHIC). The West Wing, East Wing and Executive Residence will be crafted from gingerbread, chocolate and sugar!
Friday, Dec. 4
10 a.m. — Join us as the unique and festive Gingerbread White House (see above) is unveiled.
Saturday, Dec. 5
11 a.m. — Faith Filipiniana Dance Group/Chicago Angklung & Rondalla Ensemble/Sampaguita Singers — (Philippines)
12:15 p.m. — Boliviamanta Dance Ensemble (Bolivia)
1:30 p.m. — Norwegian National League of Chicago - Folk song and dance
2:45 p.m. — Mangalorean Konkan Christian Association (India) – Pageant, song and dance
4 p.m. — Royal Scottish Country Dance Society/Chicago Branch Demo Team
Sunday, Dec. 6
12:15 p.m. — The Italianettes – Folk dancing, song and costume showcase
1:30 p.m. — Harvard High School Madrigals (England) – Choral performance
2:45 p.m. — Knights of Lithuania Dancers and Choir
4 p.m. — Flores de Mexico & Affinity Dance Company
Saturday, Dec. 12
11 a.m. — Danish American Athletic Club – Folk dancing
12:15 p.m. — Classic Act Choral Ensemble
1:30 p.m. — Thistle & Heather Highland Dancers (Scotland)
2:45 p.m. — Chicagoland Festival Chorus
4 p.m. — Robert Healy School Chinese Ensemble - Folk songs
Sunday, Dec. 13
12:15 p.m. — Finnladies of Chicago (Finland) – Traditional singing
1:30 p.m. — Iskra School of Ukranian Dance & Ukranian Children’s Choir, Cherubic Voices
2:45 p.m. — Cambrian Society (Wales) – Folk dancing, song and theatrical performance
4 p.m. — Orpheus Hellenic Folklore Society (Greece) – Folk dancing and song
Saturday, Dec. 19
11 a.m. — Kupa’a Pacific Island Resources (Hawaii) – Dance and music
12:15 p.m. — “Raices” Rondalla Cultural Roberto Clemente (Puerto Rico) – Traditional instrumentation
1:30 p.m. — The Hump Night Thumpers (USA) – Jug band performing traditional blues, jazz and ragtime
2:45 p.m. — Acapellago (USA) – Acapella choral music
4 p.m. — Belizean Cultural Bearers – Folk song, dance and narrative skits
Sunday, Dec. 20
12:15 p.m. — Choomsarang Korean Traditional Dance Group
1:30 p.m. — Tierra Colombiana Folkloric Dance Company (Colombia)
2:45 p.m. — Polish Scouting Organization – Choral performance with dance and skits
4 p.m. — Hellenic Consulate of Educational Affairs – Hellenic Christmas traditional songs and dances (Greece)
Monday, Dec. 21
1:30 p.m. — Improv Playhouse (USA) – Song and theatrical performance
2:45 p.m. — Holy Cross/IHM Marimba Ensemble and Children’s Choir (Mexico/Central America)
Saturday, Dec. 26
11 a.m. — Frula Folklore Group (Serbia) – Pageantry, choral performance and folk dancing
12:15 p.m. — Mamma Sunshine (Kwanzaa) – Storytelling
1:30 p.m. — Tuwamari, Ballet Folklorico Ecuatoriano (Ecuador) – Folk dancing and song
2:45 p.m. — Figle (Poland) – Folk dancing and song in traditional costume
Sunday, Dec. 27
12:15 p.m. — “Campanella” Children’s Choir (Russia)
1:30 p.m. — Renacer Boliviano Dance Troupe (Bolivia)
2:45 p.m. — Holy Nativity Romanian Orthodox Church, Miorita Ensemble – Folk dance
4 p.m. — Holy Resurrection Cathedral Church (Serbia) – Folklore and choral music
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