Big Week Oct. 12-19

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Shakespeare set to song

City Voices, directed by Bill Chin, with the Pro Musica Youth Chorus, present Music to Hear, a celebration of William Shakespeare's texts set to music, including Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest set in styles from Mendelssohn to mysterious and moody to mid-20th-century jazz. The two performances are Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m., First United Church of Oak Park, 848 Lake St., and Sunday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 611 Randolph. Tickets available at door. Adults $20, seniors $15, youth free.

Jazz stringtet

Sunday, Oct. 16 at 10:30 a.m., Open Door Theater, 902 S. Ridgeland Ave.:

Church of Beethoven hosts Zvonimir Tot's Jazz Stringtet, which comprises Tot on acoustic guitar; Carmen Kassinger and Lisa Fako on violin; Cheryl Wilson, viola; Paula Kosower, cello; and Rob Kassinger, double bass, playing jazz-classical crossover music. See the Stringtet at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxRIGhAj4WY

Come at 10 a.m. for cookies and coffee. Seating is limited, reservations recommended. Cost is $10 for adults/$5 for children. Tickets: http://www.churchofbeethoven-oakpark.com/buy-tickets.html. Record store owner Val Camiletti is mistress of ceremonies. For more information visit www.churchofbeethoven-oakpark.com

Art for Social Change

Friday, Oct. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m., Oak Park Art League, 720 Chicago Ave.:

Opening reception for Behind the Wall, OPAL's juried exhibition in the main gallery, featuring artwork from Chicago-area artists to raise awareness of domestic violence issues in partnership with Sarah's Inn. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. and Saturday, 1-4 p.m. through Nov. 4. October is Illinois Arts & Humanities Month. For more information, call 708-386-9853, email oakparkartleague@gmail.com or visit www.oakparkartleague.com.

Tale of the Tombstones

Sunday, Oct. 16, starting at 1 p.m., Forest Home Cemetery, Forest Park:

The silver anniversary of the annual two-hour walking tour, sponsored by the Historical Society of OP-RF, has been held on the third Sunday of every October since 1992. This year the spotlight falls on men and women who were stars in politics, sports, religion, and business. The theme is "The Big Show." Actors reincarnate characters who call Forest Home their final home. Baseball-playing evangelist Billy Sunday makes his return to the tour along with record-setting member of the U.S. House of Representatives Adolph Sabath, who makes his undead debut. Tickets are $15, members $10 and go on sale at 12:30 that day. Desplaines Avenue, south of I-290. For more information, call 708-848-6755 or email oprfhistorymatters@sbcglobal.net.

Feeding the soul

Saturday, Oct. 15 at 6 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 611 Randolph St.:

Award-winning soprano Christine Steyer will perform a benefit recital, Music to Feed the Soul, accompanied by Peter Storms on piano. Free parking in front. All funds raised will go directly to support People Loving People, which reaches out to the homeless on the streets weekly, feeding nearly 100 people with food, love and prayer. The Holiday Vendor Fair begins at 4 p.m. Complimentary dinner plate for all concert ticket holders. $25 tickets available at the door or online. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-to-feed-the-soul-charity-event-tickets-27671323674?aff=efbeventtix.

Diary of Anne Frank

The OPRF Theatre Department presents Diary of Anne Frank, directed by Michelle Bayer, in the Little Theatre at 7 p.m., Oct. 14-15 and 21-22. OPRF High School, 201 N. Scoville.

Latin jazz quartet

Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m., Main Library, 834 Lake St.:

Latin Suenos Jazz Quartet will perform a concert for the NEA Big Read program, events centered on the novel The Beautiful North. Comprising some of Chicago's finest jazz and Latin musicians and led by bassist/composer Steven Hashimoto, the group has been active in Chicago's vital jazz scene for 10 years and combines jazz improvisation with Latin and Caribbean rhythms. More: oppl.org/bigread.

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