Chicago a cappella Gala: “The Best is Yet To Come” with Tribute Honoree Lee Kesselman

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Date(s) - 05/11/2018
6:45 pm - 10:00 pm

Venue West

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Chicago a cappella celebrates their approaching 25th anniversary at their 2018 Gala: The Best is Yet to Come: Songs to Make You Smile. The Chicago a cappella ensemble will perform selections ranging from Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” and Irving Berlin’s beloved “Blue Skies” to recent hits such as Pharrell Williams’s “Happy.” Attendees will also enjoy dinner, wines and desserts, an inspiring performance from Chicago a cappella’s talented High School Intern ensemble, and more. The guests of honor for the evening are Tribute Award recipient Lee Kesselman and Friend of the Year Helen Gagel. All proceeds from this event benefit Chicago a cappella‘s educational and artistic programming.  Tickets and information are available at

Tribute Award Recipient Lee Kesselman has been Director of Choral Activities at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL, since 1981. He is Founder and Music Director of the New Classic Singers, a professional choral ensemble. He also directs the DuPage Chorale and College of DuPage Chamber Singers. A native of Milwaukee, he holds undergraduate degrees in piano and composition from Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN, and a master’s degree in conducting from the University of Southern California. Kesselman’s choirs have performed for state and regional conventions of ACDA and in venues including WFMT (Live From Studio 1), Orchestra Hall, Rockefeller Chapel, and the Harris Theatre. He is known as an expert in diverse repertoire, choral performance practice and contemporary music. Kesselman is the composer or arranger of over 90 published choral works and an equal number of unpublished works in the genres of choral, opera, symphonic, solo voice and chamber music. Kesselman is a life member of American Choral Directors Association, serving in leadership capacities at the state and divisional levels in multiple areas; he is currently President of Illinois-ACDA.