Featuring Vocalist Candy Kresmery
There is no question that a resurgence of interest in the standards has taken place in the past 20 years. Artists such as Diana Krall, Rod Stewart, Bette Midler and Michael Buble have released albums that have captured the timelessness of the music contained in the Great American Songbook. Paralleling this resurgence, Candy Kresmery began her love of these timeless standards years ago. Candy would love watching how that music stirred the hearts of everyone. Over the years, Candy became a much-requested favorite, being described as "honey-voiced," "elegant," "a combination of power with gentle grace" and "lush and lovely."
Several years ago, Candy brought her love of jazz performance to high-end restaurants such as Chicago Prime and 5 O'clock Steakhouse and retirement communities in Huntley and Barrington.
Besides her background in jazz performance, Candy was classically trained at Northern Illinois University. She also has a background as a contemporary Christian artist performing as a soloist and member of the music ministry at Rick Warren's Saddleback Valley Church in California as well as local churches. She has also performed at the Woodstock Opera House, is currently a member of Chicagoland Voices performance group, and volunteers with the Willow Creak Church Senior Ministry sharing her music with the elderly in nursing homes.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Featuring Michael Ancheta
Michael is excited to be this year's MC for the SSPP Fall Gala! Michael has been a strong supporter of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church since moving to Cary 9 years ago. As parishioners, he and his wife Shelley are members of choir at church and occasionally cantor for the liturgical mass, sharing their vocal talents as a means of stewardship. Michael and Shelley belong to the Cary adult community choir, Chicagoland Voices. His children Nathan (7th grade) and Nicholas (4th Grade) attend SSPP School as well. Michael is the Cubmaster for the church's chartered Cub Scout Pack 657 and is part of the BSA Sycamore District Roundtable staff. He recently attended the men's retreat, Christ Renews His Parish, and is continuing in faith formation on Team 21.
SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMANCES
In addition to our feature performer, Candy Kresmery, we are so pleased and excited to announce our very own Shelley Ancheta and Michael Ancheta! Shelley and Michael will share the microphone as they tantalize us with their amazing voices!
Featuring Brian Sager, Mayor of Woodstock
Brian attended the Missouri School of Auctioneering in 1983 and became a Certified Auctioneer. He conducts charity auctions throughout McHenry County for a variety of organizations including Rotary Clubs, McHenry County 4-H Foundation, Woodstock School District 200 and Marion Central Alumni Association. In addition to his volunteer work as an auctioneer, Dr. Sager has served on the Woodstock City Council since 1989 and is now in his third term as Mayor. He currently serves as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer at Rock Valley College in Rockford.