The Oak Park Concert Chorale in conjunction with the Saint John Choristers will present Cry Out and Shout on Sunday May 4 at 4 p.m. The concert takes place at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 West division in River Forest. This joyous welcome to a long awaited spring will feature a cappella gems from German Baroque, Russian romantic, and American choral traditions. Local composers will also be featured. Paul Lindblad conducts the group. For more information call 708.383.4742 or email General admission is $18, seniors/students $10. Children kindergarten and younger are free. Group discounts are available.

On April 27 at Saint John Church, 305 Circle in Forest Park . Paul Carr, an organist and director of music in Birmingham, England will perform in concert . He is Musician in Residence at Holy Trinity Parish, in Wordsley, Stourbridge, a town near Birmingham. He has given performances in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, and France. In France he performed at the cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Mr. Carr also performed at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. At Saint John he will give us, among other favorites, such familiar and much loved works as the Rachmaninoff “Vocalise,” the “Great” Bach G Minor Fugue and the Allegro from Handel’s D Minor concerto.

Along with the music, flowers and spring sunshine, the Forest Park Walkers are again out in full force. They would love to have you join them any Monday or Wednesday evening at 7:30 (that’s p.m) at Constitution court. John Trindle started the group and he is now joined by regulars Paul Cuesta, Donna Santiago, Araceli Mendoza and Liz Thomas. Walk on, walk on…

Have you ever longed to take a blues cruise? Blues harpist and Forest Parker Sugar Blue will be featured performer for two months onboard a flagship ocean liner owned by Norwegian Cruise Lines and Grammy Experience. 

Spring wouldn’t happen without the Michael Teolis singers to welcome it. Now in its seventh season, the singers will present “Look What else They Wrote” featuring works by Aaron Copeland, and Ira Gershwin, Dave Brubek, and a “TeDeum” by John Philip Sousa along with several other surprises. A special surprise will be the appearance of and some music by Peter Schickele, alias P.D.Q. Bach. This concert will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 324 North Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park. Tickets are $18 for adults , $12 for seniors and students . Cash only. For more information, call 708.366.2889 or email Talented Forest Parkers who sing in the Teolis Singers are Louise Brueggemann, Nancy Greco and Erik Johnson. Accompanist is Forest Parker, David Richards.

On to the birthdays: special 450th birthday of William Shakespeare who according to the story is the same date as his death. Who knows for sure? The first Shakespeare play heard on radio was in 1937, it was “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Birthdays of extant people are Jeff Oswalt, Peggy Hughes, Kyle Littlejohn, John Boy, Matt Radkiewicz, Angie Ventrella, Tom Hawkins, Joe Dorneker, Katie Kelly, Anne Childs, Art Grams, Annette Pardun, Jon Olmstad, Cindy Fischer, Kyle Littlejohn and Lara Kimiyah. Happy anniversary to Mike and Joan Bigos, Brandi and Rob Mintz, Debbie and Bill Schaubel. 

 Jackie is a former Chicago and Elmwood Park schoolteacher with an undying love for music, friendly pets and a host of life’s other treasures too numerous to list. She was born on the far southwest side of Chicago in a great neighborhood when it was a great time to be young.

Jackie is a former Chicago and Elmwood Park schoolteacher with an undying love for music, friendly pets and a host of life's other treasures too numerous to list. She was born on the far southwest side...

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