Press Release

Holiday Joy & Fanfare

From South Holland Master Chorale
Phil Schwartz,

Holiday Joy & Fanfare

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (November 6, 2023) – The South Holland Master Chorale, under direction of Philip J. Bauman, will present a pair of holiday concerts, featuring Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata” along with holiday songs and carols by John Rutter, Dan Forrest, David Willcocks and others. Chicago Gargoyle Brass, organist Mark Sudeith and pianist Marilyn Bourgeois will join the 90-member Chorale in Sunday performances Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. at St. John Neumann Parish, 17951 Dixie Highway, Homewood; and Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. at Christ Our Savior Parish, 880 E. 154th Street, South Holland. Admission is free, donations are accepted. Of course, you will be able to sing along with the chorale on some of your favorite holiday carols.

For more information, visit the South Holland Master Chorale website.

Gargoyle Brass
Mark Sudeith

Mark Sudeith is known as a pianist and organist for his many performances in the Chicago area. He has been featured in performances with the Chicago Gargoyle Brass and Organ Ensemble on Pipedreams and WFMT radio. He presented at the 2012 Chicago national convention of the Organ Historical Society, where “the playing was first fate, and our voices filled the 1,150 church with joy.” (The Diapason) Gramophone described his performance of Britten on the Gargoyle BrassCD, Night’s Bight Days: “The Passacaglia, however, is truly electrifying, as intense an account as I have ever encountered–with the piano, here played by Mark Sudeith, organist in the Holst and Meechan works–an evocative replica of the opera’s celesta.”  Sudeith recently presented at the 2022 Columbus, Ohio national convention of the OrganHistorical Society on one month notice.

He holds a Master of Music degree in organ performance from the University of Minnesota, where he studied with Heinrich Fleischer, and the Doctor of Music degree in piano performance from Indiana University. Sudeith retired in 2020 from the position of interim associate provost at Chicago State University, where he joined the music faculty in 1984.

Gargoyle Brass

The Chicago Gargoyle Brass was founded in 1992 by its artistic director, H. Rodney Holmes, as a chamber group of faculty and students at the University of Chicago.  By 2006, the ensemble had professionalized and, over the next five years, had transformed into a specialized brass and organ concert ensemble.  The ensemble is comprised of classically trained musicians performing major liturgical works and continues to remain at the cutting edge of music for brass and organ.  The core group, the Gargoyle Brass Quintet, maintains a repertoire of original and transcribed music pieces from Renaissance madrigals and Bach to the romantic charm of Debussy and Faure: from Dixieland to swing band and the Beatles.

When the Gargoyle Brass joins forces with a great organ, played by Mark Sudeith, the majesty and colors of the music reach its finest grandeur.  The group has also performed in various combinations of solo, duet, trio, and quartet instruments.

Musicians for the December concert include:

Trumpets – Lev Garber, Andrew Hunter
Horn – Lara Ward
Trombone – Carter Woosley
Tuba – Josh Wirt
Timpani & Percussion – Michael Schraft

Visit the Gargoyle Brass website for more information