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Cutting Hall,
Palatine IL
3:30pm

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Fred P. Hall Amphitheater,
Palatine IL
8:00pm

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fred P. Hall Amphitheater,
Palatine IL
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Monday, July 3, 2017

Wallace Bowl at Gillson Park,
Wilmette IL
7:30pm

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Lagoon at Dawes Park,
Evanston IL
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Main Beach Bandshell,
Crystal Lake IL
12:30pm

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Fred P. Hall Amphitheater,
Palatine IL
8:00pm

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Most Wonderful Time of the Year, The

Eddie Pola and George Wyle/arr. John Moss

 

In 1963 The Andy Williams Christmas Album made it to the top of the Billboard Pop Albums chart with the first track, “White Christmas”, reaching #1 as a pop single. Also on that album was Williams’ rendition of “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Nearly 50 years later that classic album and this song remain very popular.

George Wyle (1916-2003), born Bernard Weissman, was an American composer, educator, author, conductor, arranger, and a specialist in both professional and amateur choral work. One of his most famous compositions is the theme song to Gilligan’s Island. Wyle’s chief musical collaborator was Eddie Pola (1907-1995), composer of over 400 popular songs. Wyle and Pola worked with many promi- nent pop artists in the middle of the last century, including Kate Smith, the Deep River Boys, Doris Day, Dennis Day, Howard Keel, Jerry Lewis, Flip Wilson, Jimmy Durante, Dinah Shore and Andy Williams. 

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