AKO Christmas Show
The Anthony Kawalkowski Orchestra, Anthony Kawalkowski Orchestra, Wayne Messmer
5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60630
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The Anthony Kawalkowski Orchestra
with the Anthony Kawalkowski Orchestra
“Unwrapping Christmas” is a fun, heartwarming, musical production that celebrates the spirit of Christmas in all of us. Many audience members have told us, after attending our previous shows,that they were making our show a part of their own Christmas tradition because it always puts them in the Christmas spirit.
This year’s concert features a 38-piece orchestra including 7 vocalists and a 50-member children’s choir. The music is accompanied by a backdrop of compelling visuals and video, and several dramatic presentations, including a reenactment of the Nativity scene.
There will also be vigorous audience participation, and several surprises as well – one of them from the North Pole!
We invite you to help us Unwrap Christmas this year and join us in making our show a Christmas tradition for your family and friends.
Anthony Kawalkowski Orchestra
The Anthony Kawalkowski Orchestra (AKO) is comprised of some of Chicago’s finest and “in demand” musicians and vocalists, featuring full string and swinging brass sections, rhythm section and vocals. Our family of musicians truly love bringing the gift of great music to you and are dedicated to creating memorable performances. While the AKO is home, each have their own credentials (too long to list) and chances are, you may have heard and seen them in other musical endeavors in and around Chicago. Each brings their own unique talents to the stage, to create the “AKO Sound”. From Swing to Pop to Classics to Waltzes, with Elvis and some Rat Pack thrown in for good measure, you are guaranteed an evening of musical delights!
Messmer was the announcer at two Major League Baseball All-Star games played in Chicago, at Comiskey Park in 1983, and at Wrigley Field in 1990. Additionally, his spirited rendition of the United States and Canadian National Anthems prior to the NHL All-Star game at Chicago Stadium in January 1991 was replayed on every major network newscast across the country that evening, and still appears near the top of many lists, mentioned among the most memorable National Anthem performances.
This life-long, native Chicagoan’s career has spanned over thirty-years as a professional vocalist, radio broadcaster, musical theatre performer, narrator, voice-over artist and professional speaker. Wayne also frequently performs with his wife Kathleen, also an accomplished actor and musical entertainer and a member of the 7-time Sweet Adelines International Champion Melodeers Chorus.
His portrayal of Father (Saint) Damien, the Leper Priest of Molokai in the one-man play, Damien by Aldyth Morris has received critical acclaim throughout the Chicagoland area. Damien was also successfully staged with a performance in Hawaii.
He is the co-founder of Wayne Messmer & Associates, LLC, a Chicago-based, financial services firm specializing in building, protecting and preserving individual and family retirement assets.
As a speaker, entertainer and broadcaster, his entertaining wit and sense of humor has made him a favorite for years among the audiences with whom he visits. His popular weekly radio show The Wayne Messmer Radio Show is heard on WDCB 90.9FM/wdcb.org Chicago every Sunday evening from 7-8 PM. He also recently released a vocal CD with legendary jazz pianist Judy Roberts, entitled So Lucky To Be Loving You.
The powerful story of Wayne’s miraculous comeback after being shot in the throat in an armed robbery attempt in April 1994 in Chicago has touched thousands of people across the country. His experience, recorded in his book, The Voice of Victory credits the courage and support of his wife Kathleen along with the "3-F's" of faith, family and friends as the source of his strength throughout the ordeal and along the road to recovery. He is also a respected spokesperson on the topic of forgiveness.
Wayne is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington where he received a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, Loyola University Chicago where he earned a Master's degree in counseling, and where he has taught sports marketing in the Graduate School of Business. He also earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from La Salle University.
He is a professional member of the (NSA) National Speakers Association, (SAG/AFTRA) Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
The Messmer's reside in a northern suburb of Chicago. They are blessed to enjoy two grown daughters, three granddaughters and a grandson in their lives.
$23.00 - $68.00
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