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Heartland Voices will launch its season with an intimate gala, including vocalists from Glen Ellyn and Hanover Park. (Photo provided)

Heartland Voices choral ensemble opens its 15th concert season with the annual gala performance in mid-October in Elgin. This year’s theme is “Night and Day,” a musical journey highlighting some of the great pieces from shows old and new, including music from Cole Porter and Stephen Sondheim.

The members performing that night include Geri Larson of Glen Ellyn, Elizabeth Hain of Hanover Park, Steve Hommowun of St. Charles, Ken Kordick of Schaumburg, Chris Brittain of Huntley, and Patricia Buerger, Colleen Heffernan and Larry Wild, all of Elgin. Piano accompanist is Paul Satre of Elgin.

The seventh annual gala will honor Sylvia Grady, coordinator of the Elgin Art Showcase and staff liaison to the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission.

The evening opens at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, with hors d’oeuvres, wine and silent auction. The concert program begins at 7:30 p.m. Under the direction of John Slawson, the select group of Heartland Voices singers will take the audience on an entertaining trip through day into night.

The first act, “Day,” includes “Seize the Day" from "Newsies," "Day by Day" from "Godspell," "Good Morning" from "Singin' in the Rain" and "A Wonderful Day" from "The Roar of the Grease – The Smell of the Crowd." The second act, “Night,” features "Comedy Tonight" from "A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum," "I Could Have Danced All Night" from "My Fair Lady," "Some Enchanted Evening" from "South Pacific" and the Porter tune "Night and Day."

The event is set at the Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St. Tickets cost $40 in advance, $45 at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 847-429-9486.