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The Newberry Consort: A Mexican Christmas

Various venues / Chicago / Stage

Chicago is home to one of the world’s early-music gems, The Newberry Consort. Perhaps the group’s biggest surprise hit was A Mexican Christmas, a now-beloved program that re-creates the Christmas music one would have heard in 1600s Mexico City—an eloquent counterpoint of nuns in their cloisters and the villancico bands in the plazas. A live recording of the Consort’s 2019 performance will be available on CD on Nov. 12, 2021 ( But this December there are four live concerts and there’s nothing like being there! A Mexican Christmas is performed in vaulted churches and is a great way to celebrate the season with family and children. —L.J.

The concerts take place across three venues: Thursday, December 2, at St. John Cantius Church, in Chicago; Friday, December 3, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, in Evanston; and Sunday, December 5, at Mother of the Americas Parish (formerly Our Lady of Tepeyac), in Little Village

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