Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus Release CD

Tue. December 5, 2006 12:00 AM

Chicago, IL - In celebration of CGMC's 25th anniversary season, the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus is releasing its third CD—conveniently in time for the holidays!

The CD, called simply “Favorite Things,” contains concert recordings of some of the group's most popular holiday music. Unlike CGMC's last two CD's, "Favorite Things" features a collection of live recordings from past holiday shows.

“We took a poll this summer to see what our chorus members' favorite holiday songs were,” says Patrick Sinozich, the group's artistic director. “I was amazed at the response—our singers have a lot of fond memories from our shows. Those songs helped shape the repertoire for our upcoming "Favorite Things" holiday show at the Athenaeum, as well as in selecting songs to be featured on the CD."

Sinozich spent the summer combing through the group's archives and remixing the recordings he found. The result is a 16-track CD of holiday music ranging from the sublime to the subversive, including a glorious “Wake, Awake,” composed by Sinozich, as well as Dolly Parton's high-octane “With Bells On” and “Santa Lost a Ho,” a little-known gem filled with delightful double entendres.

Featured songs:

Wake, Awake
Winter Song
Through The Chimney
Fa La La (Blah Blah Blah)
Hanukkah Oy Hanukkah
O Tannenbaum
Oh! Christmas Tree???
I Don't Want a Lot for Christmas
The Parade of the Teddy Bears
Happy Holiday/Holiday Inn
Christmas in Mexico
Man with the Bag/Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells
Santa Lost a Ho
Santa's Polka
With Bells On
Time To Sleep

CGMC's CD is available online at, in the lobby at any of CGMC's subscription shows, or by calling (773) 296-0541.

"Favorite Things" premieres this weekend at the Athenaeum Theater, 2936 N. Southport Avenue. Showtimes are Friday December 8th at 8PM, Saturday December 9th at 5PM and 8:30PM.