The Steeple Walk returns Sunday, Dec. 8 to usher in the holidays, greeting patrons with a variety of seasonal music concerts at four Geneva churches.
The holiday tradition will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Two audience groups will attend 20-minute concerts played simultaneously at the United Methodist Church of Geneva, 211 Hamilton St., and Geneva Lutheran Church, 301 S. Third St. Following the performances, the groups will switch locations to enjoy the other concert.
Patrons will then move to the final performances – and similar rotation format – at both the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, 102-110 S. Second St., and First Church of Christ, Scientist, 111 S. Second St.
A Steeple Walk guide escorts the groups to the next church, all within easy walking distance, and shares information about the architecture of each site. Artists performing at each church include:
• United Methodist Church: Scott Stevenson, a well-known composer and keyboard musician, has performed nationwide and has had his work commissioned by the Chicago Metropolis Orchestra.
• Geneva Lutheran Church: A talented high school jazz ensemble from Wheaton, the Blue Notes, sing classical renditions from the 1950s.
• Unitarian Universalist Society: Ruth Cavanaugh’s three-musician EnsAmble Ad Hoc has a repertoire as unique as its name. The group specializes in Renaissance and Baroque music and has performed in North and South America.
• First Church of Christ: Harpist Laura Fako Utley will accompany Michelle Apps on the flute. Utley performs and teaches in the Chicago area while Apps has played at Carnegie Hall and has written a film soundtrack.
Steeple Walk tickets cost $12 and are available for purchase on the City’s website (see link below.) They also can be purchased at the Geneva History Center, 113 S. Third St.; Circa, 123 S. Third St.; or any of the participating churches.
Presented by the City’s Cultural Arts Commission and sponsored by Circa, the Steeple walk caps off Geneva’s popular holiday weekend. The Geneva Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Christmas Walk & House Tour, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7.