Sunday, December 11, 2022, 2:00 p.m.
The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee is delighted to present a holiday concert featuring The Peppermint Patties on Sunday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m. The Patties perform classic vintage music and are in their element at the holidays! Their repertoire includes a wide variety of genres including jazz, golden era musical theatre, close harmony classics, pop, classical and opera. Trio members are Anna Caldwell, Daina Fischer, and Laura Smalley.
The concert will be held at Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding Ave. The concert is free, but donations to support future programming are always welcome. A festive reception will follow the concert (subject to current pandemic conditions).
Anna Caldwell is a Chicago-based soprano and marketing professional with a passion for performing in various genres at the community, educational and professional levels. She regularly performs with local companies, including Janus Concert Series, The Savoyaires, Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Co., Opera Inter Alia, and Opera on Tap. Regional credits include work with The Genesis Theater Project, Ohio Valley Summer Theater, and Mercury Summer Stock.
Recent cabaret performances include “Won’t You Be My Galentine,” “A Very Christmas Cabaret,” “Bespoke: An Evening of Song,” and “Perpetual Anticipation.” She works as a supplemental section leader for St. Benedict Catholic Church and made her Chicago Fringe Opera debut in Jake Heggie’s Two Remain in March 2022.
Daina Fischer is a Lithuanian/American dramatic-soprano based in Chicago. Daina has sung all over the Midwest and also internationally, working with renowned conductors, coaches, and teachers. Daina enjoys performing opera, musical theater, jazz, and acapella music. She is an alto section leader and soloist at various churches and synagogues. Daina is active in the Lithuanian music community in the United States and has also given performances in Lithuania.
Her cabaret performances include “A Very Christmas Cabaret” and “Won’t You Be My Galentine?” with the Peppermint Patties, “Dainos iš toli” ( Songs from Far Away) a cabaret performance in Lithuania and “Bespoke: An Evening of Song”. She holds a MFA in Vocal Performance from DePaul University. Along-side her passion for singing, Daina also has a private voice teaching studio and dabbles in social media marketing.
Laura Smalley is a Chicago-based actor and singer. She has performed with Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Music Theater Works, Forte Chicago, Chicago Fringe Opera, Grant Park Music Festival, Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company, The Savoyaires, Singing River Productions, and Slotted Spoon Initiative. Her cabaret performances include Sleep/Creep/Leap, A Very Christmas Cabaret and Won’t you be my Galentine with The Peppermint Patties, and Reunion: A Night of Sondheim. She holds a BM in Vocal Performance from DePaul School of Music. An advocate for arts, she has worked for many prominent arts organizations, recently taking over as Executive Director of Chicago Fringe Opera.
The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee, now in its 29th season, was created by Roger Bingaman, Director of Music at Irving Park Lutheran Church. The intent of the series is to bring high quality, professional music and theatrical events to the northwest side of Chicago. The series is a program of Carlson Community Services, a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to connect the Irving Park community with programs that enrich lives through education, culture and service. For more information, contact Roger Bingaman at 773.267.1666.