Bring your family to the 28th Annual Toy-ful Celebration! concert at Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm in Glenview on Saturday December 18th at 7:00 p.m.
Join the Toy Choir, with featured soloist Tricia Melzer-Swaydrak, conducted by Guillermo MuÃ±oz KÃ¼ster, the Joyful Ringers Bell Choir, conducted by Gary Wendt, and the GCC Children’s Choir, conducted by Lydia Lane Stout for a festive evening of holiday music and fun. Masks, please.
Doors open at 6.30 a.m. The Christmas carol begins at 6:45 a.m. This concert benefits the Toys for Tots program of the US Marine Corps Reserves. The concert is free, but please bring a new unwrapped toy (or toys) to give to the Marines to help make some children’s Christmas morning a little brighter. If you are unable to make it to the concert, please consider dropping off new toys in one of the Glenview Fire Department toddler toy boxes.
Tricia Melzer-Swaydrak has started the “Toy Celebration!” Concert at Glenview Community Church in 1993. She contacted Marine Air Control Group 48, which was located at Naval Air Station Glenview at the time. The Marines have come to attend the concert every year since then, although they moved to Highwood in 1995 and five years later moved to their current location at the Great Lakes Naval Station.
âI started it in honor of my father. He was a Marine at Naval Air Station Glenview in the 1950s,â Ms. Melzer-Swaydrak said. “He became a firefighter at Glenview and collected toys for Toys for Tots for many years when I was young.”
Ms. Melzer-Swaydrak is a frequent soloist in the Chicago area. She has been a featured soloist of the International Music Festival, performing in more than 16 European countries. She has been a member and soloist of the Chicago Master Singers since 1995. Until recently, she was the staff manager of the Lake Forest Symphony.
Gary Wendt is minister of music and organist at Glenview Community Church and has served the church in a variety of musical capacities since 2005. He grew up in Chippewa Falls, Wis., And received his bachelor’s degree in music education from the ‘University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. . He did his graduate studies at DePaul University in Chicago. Mr. Wendt conducts the Joyful Ringers Handbell Choir and the Pilgrim Wind Ensemble at GCC. He continues to develop, administer and schedule the church’s Simple Gifts concert series, which features a dozen performances each year by devotees raising funds for local charities and regionally renowned artists and ensembles. and national. Mr. Wendt teaches elementary music at Hubbard Woods.
A native of Santiago, Chile, Guillermo MuÃ±oz KÃ¼ster received his Bachelor of Music Magna Cum Laude in Classical Guitar and Vocals from Lebanon Valley College (Annville, PA) and a Masters of Music in Conducting and Classical Guitar from the Bienen School. of Music. at Northwestern University where he studied with conductors Robert Harris and Stephen Alltop and classical guitarist Anne Waller. He joined the administrative staff of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association in 2015, and is currently Associate Artist Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Artistic Planning. This is his sixth year as Principal of the Glenview Community Church Chancel Choir. Mr. MuÃ±oz KÃ¼ster also conducts the Oak Park Heritage Choir.
Lydia Lane Stout received her Bachelor of Music from Oberlin College in 2012 and her Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University in 2018. Glenview Community Church has happily welcomed her to the music team in September 2018, where she is director of Associated with Music and Worship of Children, directing children’s choirs. In 2014, she and 18 local professional singers founded the group Common Pulse, of which Ms. Stout is the director.
The Village of Glenview picks up toys from the five Glenview Fire Stations. In addition to the toys collected at the concert, the Glenview toy collection has over 2,000 toys per year.
The Glenview Community Church is located at 1000 Elm Street (Glenview Road). The building is disabled-accessible and has free on-site parking. It is 3 blocks west of Glenview Metra North station.
Visit www.gccucc.org, email [email protected] or call 847-724-2210 for details.