2019 Concert Events

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and for more information about each event in our 'Sounds in the Sanctuary' series, please scroll down below.


We look forward to the fall season beginning with our Sounds in the Sanctuary Season on

Friday September 6th, at 7.30pm with local 'soft' rock artists El Rando






Grazyna Auguscik, internationally renowned Jazz singer, on Friday September 27th at 7.30pm

Singer, composer, arranger, and producer Grazyna Auguscik is one of the most intriguing contemporary vocalists on today’s world jazz scene. She will be joined by accordionist Jarosław Bester who combines classical and jazz to create an unusually powerful mix of colors and techniques on the accordion. Hear this duo in a performance on its way to the Kennedy Center!

Featuring Grazyna Auguscik and Jarosław Bester

Friday, September 27 @ 7:30pm

Tickets: $20               Children under 12 – FREE       Students with ID - $10

Refreshments available

Hinsdale Chorale Concert, Saturday, November 30th @ 7.30pm and Sunday, December 1st @ 3.00pm


Eclectic Choral Artists Saturday, December 7th @ 7.00pm, A Festival of Carols

and in the Spring, Saturday May 2nd for Love Conquers Hate




Pat Mallinger and his quartet, will play again for our Jazz in the Sanctuary series on Thursday, January 23rd @ 7.30pm

Co-founder of Sabertooth, saxophonist, Pat Mallinger has been a mainstay of Chicago’s Green Mill Lounge since 1992. Pat has shared the stage with such artists as Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin and Herbie Hancock, just to name a few. Pat’s all-star quintet will include returning guests to Emmanuel, Nick Mazzarella on saxophone and Dan Trudell on piano.

The Chicago Tribune writes, “Jazz connoisseurs already know Pat Mallinger’s stature as a top-rank improviser in this city ….but he steps out front, claiming his place as a formidable bandleader-composer of distinction.”

Featuring Pat Mallinger and Company


Thursday, January 23 @ 7:30pm

Tickets: $20                        Children under 12 – FREE                         Students with ID - $10

Refreshments available

Women of Note; Concert Festival, Saturday, March 21st from 12pm - 9pm featuring chamber groups performing music of women composers 


and we are very pleased to announce that the

Paris Notre Dame Cathedral Choir is coming to Emmanuel on Sunday, April 19th, and Monday, April 20th, 2020

We are thrilled to announce that on April 19th and 20th, 2020, the Notre Dame Cathedral Choir will start off its tour of the United States at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in La Grange, Illinois. These concerts will culminate a 5-day, village-wide event, organized by local businesses, called "0oh-la-la, La grange"  Learn how you and your organization can be a part of this event.

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Music Education

Piano Lessons for All Ages

Parents and caregivers of child students are welcome any time during classes.  Pop in any time or stay for the entire lesson!

Piano Lessons are taught at the KAC by Joseph Cisar.  For information on pricing and scheduling, call KAC music director George Tarasuk at 312.835.2526.  He can put you in touch with the correct teacher.  Once your lessons are scheduled, complete and bring the Music Student Registration Form with your registration fee and tuition to the first lesson.

Please complete one form per student and submit with $20 annual registration fee and class tuition at or before the first KAC lesson attended.  Music students must re-register ANNUALLY.  Class tuition is paid monthly at the first lesson in each month by check payable to Kensington Arts Center.  PARENTS OR CAREGIVERS OF UNDERAGE STUDENTS ARE WELCOME TO OBSERVE LESSONS AT ANY TIME.


The Kensington Art Center at Emmanuel currently offers private piano instruction with Joe Cisar. Prospective students/parents are asked to contact 708-352-1275 for more information.  

Joseph Cisar
Pianist and music educator Joseph Cisar (BA & MA Music) will be available to students of ALL ages on Thursday afternoons and evenings at Emmanuel, using the new (donated) grand piano in the choir room. Mr. Cisar is currently a faculty member at the Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College and is the Music Director of the First Baptist Church in La Grange. The Chicago Sun Times declared him “a pianist who can find the charm and make it thoroughly beguiling for all of us.” Mr. Cisar has an extensive resume (available upon request) which includes tours with Leonard Bernstein, lectures and recitals across the US, studies with Dr. Karen Shaw at Indiana University, and study in New York with master teacher German Diez (HIS pedagogical lineage links back to Franz Liszt and Beethoven).


Concerts in Emmanuel's Sanctuary

The present building was built in 1925-26 following a fire on December 1, 1924 that destroyed the 1893 church and parish house.  The architect for the present building was John "Jack" N. Tilton, Jr. who at the time was with the Marshall and Fox Architects, Chicago.  Jack Tilton lived in La Grange and was a member of the parish.  Bertram Goodhue and Associates of in New York City, experts in Gothic architecture, were consulting architects.  The first service in the new sanctuary was Easter Day, 1926.

The church building  is "cathedral"  style  12th Century English Gothic.   The windows are in keeping with this style of architecture.  Just as in medieval cathedrals,  the windows and art work are  based on scripture and history to tell the story of Christ and the church.  Only one window dates from 1926:  the east window above the altar.  Designed by Harry Wright Goodhue, it depicts the Life of Christ.  The remaining windows were done in the 1950s and 60s.  These windows were designed by Connick and Associates, Boston, and Henry Willett Glass Studio, Philadelphia.  The plan for the windows was developed by Jack Tilton, Architect, Harley W. Mitchell, Buildings and Grounds chairman, and Rectors Rev Everett Carr and Rev Gordon Galaty.  There are three windows dedicated to music.  These windows are in the choir section of the church and dipict individuals important in developing church music.

Emmanuel is proud to be a musical home to the Tower Chorale, and the Lyons Township High School Madrigal Singers.  The Christ Church Cathedral/Oxford boys choir after a very popular 2016 concert, will be here again in April, 2018.These and all musical ensembles who perform at Emmanuel all enjoy its grand space, lovely acoustics and Casavant pipe organ. We also host the Hinsdale Chorale, the Drake University Choir, and many more.

In April 2020 we are very pleased to host the Paris Notre Dame Cathedral Choir as they progress on their world tour whilst the renovations take place in the historic Notre Dame Cathedral after the devastating fire. A percentage of the proceeds will aid in the renovation.