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Five By Design presents its Club Swing show. (Submitted photo)

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra concerts the weekend of March 23 and 24 will be a jumpin’ — from the opening of Benny Goodman’s “Bugle Call Rag” to the show’s finale of Louis Prima’s “Sing, Sing, Sing.” Club Swing celebrates the songs, events and personalities that defined American popular culture during the Swing era.

Five By Design's signature harmonies have withstood the test of time in a career that stands out on America's musical landscape, spanning more than 20 years. The acclaimed vocal ensemble is described as a favorite choice of symphony orchestras and performing art centers nationally.

Backed by the award-winning Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Five By Design’s production of Club Swing will embrace the melodies, lush harmonies, and swinging rhythms that evoke the names of jazz greats such as Cole Porter and Nat King Cole. The show follows the rise and fall of the big band era from 1937 to 1955 at the fictional Hotel Crosby, “where the music’s hot, the drinks are cool, and the legend lives forever.” 

The Minnesota-based Five By Design includes Lorie Carpenter-Niska, Catherine Scott, Kurt Niska, Michael Swedberg and Terrence Niska. Four of the five have been singing together since 1986. Guest conductor, Stuart Chafetz, will lead the ESO and the vocal group.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24, in Elgin’s Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way. For tickets, call the ESO Box Office at 847-888-4000 or visit