Upcoming Events

No Land Beyond: a vocal-organ recital   
Special Tea & Pipes for the Chicago Architecture Biennial
Tuesday October 22, 4 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

In a special Chicago Architecture Biennial-themed entry in Rockefeller Chapel's weekly Tea & Pipes series, University organist Thomas Weisflog collaborates with vocalists of The Oriana Singers and The Rookery to perform resonant music. Music includes Koyaanisqatsi by Philip Glass, van Dijk's Horizons, Vienna Teng's Hymn of Axciom, Ted Hearne's Because, and more. Free.

Supported by the Chicago Architecture Biennial Fund.

Silent film: The Cat and the Canary
Saturday October 26, 7:30 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

The Cat and the Canary is a 1927 American silent horror film adaptation of John Willard's 1922 black comedy play of the same name. Directed by German Expressionist filmmaker Paul Leni.

The relatives of Cyrus West gather at his estate on the 20th anniversary of his death to hear the reading of his will. Annabelle West (Laura La Plante) is named the heir to Cyrus' fortune, under the condition that she is declared sane by a doctor (Lucien Littlefield). Later in the evening, the family is informed that a dangerously insane man known as "the Cat" is on the loose in the area and hides in the mansion. When Cyrus' lawyer (Tully Marshall) is found dead, Annabelle fears she is the next target.

Organist Jay Warren brings all the color, excitement, and glamour of the silent film era back to life with his original score on the E.M. Skinner organ!

Tickets $10 general admission/students with college ID $1 at the door. Runtime 80 mins without intermission.

Presented by Rockefeller Chapel.

Wednesday October 30, 7 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

Celebrate the traditional Diwali puja (offering) for the festival of lights, with classical chant, song, and dance. Free.

Presented by Spiritual Life.

Duruflé Requiem
Thursday November 7, 7:30 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

Rockefeller Chapel Choir, orchestra, and soloists present Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, in the version for string orchestra, trumpets, timpani, and organ. Tickets online at tickets.uchicago.edu or at the door, $20 general admission, $5 for students.

Presented by Rockefeller Chapel.

Film Screening + Conversation: Amazing Grace
Friday November 8, 7 pm
Rockefeller Chapel 

At the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Watts, only a small crowd in the pews witnessed Aretha Franklin’s historic, transcendent performance in 1972. A recording of this two-day concert/religious experience became the best-selling live gospel album of all time, but the film languished unreleased until last year, when Franklin’s soul-stirring vocals shook the rafters of theaters around the world. (Alan Elliott and Sydney Pollack, 2018, 89 min). Free and open to the public.

Post-screening conversation with:
Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, director of Arts + Public Life, UChicago professor of Cinema and Media Studies, Ayana Contreras, host/producer of Reclaimed Soul, Vocalo/WBEZ 91.5, vinyl record + fashion archeologist, and Dr. Walt Whitman, CEO, Soul Children of Chicago, Inc.

Presented by Arts + Public Life and the Rockefeller Chapel, with generous support from University of Chicago Office of Civic Engagement, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, and University of Chicago Department of Music.

Chicago Presents: Tenebrae with the Hyde Park Chicago Children's Choir
Friday November 15, 7:30 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

Pre-concert lecture with Joby Talbot and Nigel Short at 6:30 pm

Tenebrae, the award-winning a cappella choir from Britain, performing only by candlelight, brings moments of "intense serenity and celebratory robustness" (The New York Times) to Joby Talbot's arresting work, Path of Miracles alongside Owain Park’s Footsteps. Tickets $1–39 online at tickets.uchicago.edu or at the door.

Presented by Chicago Presents in partnership with Rockefeller Chapel.

UChicago Choral Union concert
Friday November 22, 7:30 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

The University Chorus, Women's Ensemble, and Motet Choir, join forces in a monumental performance of choral masterworks from across cultures and centuries. Motet Choir will be performing parts of Mass for Five Voices by William Byrd and Eric Whitacre’s “A boy and a girl.” Free.

Presented by the Department of Music.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service
Thursday November 28, 11 am
Rockefeller Chapel

The South Side’s beloved interfaith Thanksgiving community celebration features the Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir of the Chicago’s Children’s Choir, with prayers and readings by local leaders of diverse spiritual traditions. Maurice Charles, Dean of Rockefeller Chapel, offers the address. Free.

Presented by the Hyde Park & Kenwood Interfaith Council with Rockefeller Chapel.

Handel’s Messiah
Sunday December 8, 3 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

Celebrate the beloved tradition of the matinée performance of Handel’s Messiah to usher in the Christmas season, conducted by James Kallembach. This concert features soloists Kaitlin Foley, Misty Leah Bermudez, Adrian Dunn, Charles Wesley Evans, with members of the Haymarket Orchestra, and concertmaster Jeri-Lou Zike along with the powerful Rockefeller Chapel Choir and Motet Choir. 

Tickets online at tickets.uchicago.edu or at the door, $25–55, $5 students.

Presented by Rockefeller Chapel.

Caroling with the Carillon
Tuesday December 10, 5 pm
Rockefeller Chapel East Lawn and indoors

University carillonneur Joey Brink and members of the Guild of Student Carillonneurs play an evening of carols on the bells and other holiday favorites! Enjoy hot chocolate, apple cider, and snacks by the fire pit! Dress for the outdoors! Free. 

Presented by Rockefeller Chapel.

Pipes for the Season
Sunday December 15, 5 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

University organist Thomas Weisflog performs an hour of gorgeous seasonal music by candlelight, with delicious hot cider served. Free.

Presented by Rockefeller Chapel.

Lessons & Carols for Christmas Eve
Tuesday December 24, 4 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

The Rockefeller Chapel Choir and the Rockefeller Children’s Choir sing carols old and new at the beloved candlelit service of Lessons and Carols for Christmas Eve. Members of the Children’s Choir present the Christmas story in the traditional tableau. Free and open to all.

Presented by Rockefeller Chapel.

Rockefeller Chapel Choir and the Chicago Children's Choir of Hyde Park in concert
Thursday February 27, 2020, 7:30 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

Rockefeller Chapel Choir and Chicago Children’s Choir of Hyde Park led by Mollie Stone present original works with their modern reinterpretations, including J.S. Bach’s Singet dem Herrn and music of Ted Hearne, Sven-David Sandström, Katherine Pukinskis, and traditional South African choral work.

Tickets $15 general admission, $5 for students.

Presented by Rockefeller Chapel.

Mozart Requiem
Thursday April 23, 2020, 7:30 pm
Rockefeller Chapel

Rockefeller Chapel Choir, Motet Choir, soloists and orchestra present Mozart’s Requiem, alongside Allegri’s Miserere and Mozart’s Masonic Funeral Music for orchestra.

Tickets $25 general admission, $10 for students.

Presented by Rockefeller Chapel.