Salon at the Holidays

Our Advent Notices

Thanks to everyone who attended or supported our Holiday concert on Saturday, December 8th.  We had a wonderful time celebrating the start of the Holiday Season.  Please visit here again soon; we'll post some highlights from the concert here shortly!

Click the program cover page to the left to learn more about the program we presented on December 8th.

Below you will find tidbits of information, pictures, and audio/video surrounding topics related to the concert.  More trivia as the season progresses.




Second Presbyterian Church: Today

We wrote you a little bit ago about the early history of Second Presbyterian Church.  The history of this church is an important part of the history of Chicago.   But Second Presbyterian today has become an even more important resource for the city of Chicago. On its website the Church says:   

'We invite you to discover the excitement and enthusiasm of a Multicultural Christian Community in your neighborhood. In our worship and ministry together you’ll find friends who will share “warm hearts and open minds.”' 

Your attendance and purchase of a ticket to "Salon at the Holidays" has a financial benefit for continued programming at Second Presbyterian Church

The following programing and facilities are provided by Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago:

Christmas Bird

“A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” -- Maya Angelou

Salon can think of no better way to celebrate this season than with song – like Maya Angelou’s bird, we sing because we have songs to share!  For the upcoming concert – Salon at the Holidays: Carols, Lessons and Songs – we'll be sharing a wonderful variety of them: a beautiful old Catalan carol, a stunning hymn with organ in French by Gabriel Fauré, a jovial unaccompanied quartet in German by Johannes Brahms, and many old favorites and new delights in our native English!  Please join us!

Click to hear a beautiful holiday song we love to sing

Second Presbyterian Church: History

Second Presbyterian Church is a landmark Gothic Revival church located on South Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, some of Chicago’s most prominent families attended this church. It is renowned for its interior, completely redone in the Arts and Crafts style after a disastrous fire in 1900. The sanctuary is one of America’s best examples of an unaltered Arts and Crafts church interior, fully embodying that movement’s principles of simplicity, hand craftsmanship, and unity of design. It also boasts nine imposing Tiffany windows. The church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and later designated a Chicago Landmark on September 28, 1977

Carols, Lessons and Songs

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a format for a service of Christian worship celebrating the birth of Jesus at Christmas. The original format was based on an Order drawn up by Edward White Benson, later Archbishop of Canterbury for use on Christmas Eve1880. Tradition says that he organized a 10 p.m. service on Christmas Eve in a temporary wooden shed serving as his "cathedral"  and that a key purpose of the service was to keep men out of pubs on Christmas Eve.