The women of Bread & Roses chorus, hailing from St. Charles, Maple Park and beyond, will raise their voices to support the Family Service Agency with their fall concert, “FromBethlehemto The Beatles,” at 3 p.m. Nov. 23 inDeKalb.

The concert, directed by Peggy Safford, includes a number ofnewtunes and spans a wide variety of themes and styles.“Betelehemu,” aNigerian Christmas carol, is one of a numberof unusual versionsof Christmas and other seasonal songs, includingthe Hawaiian “MeleKalikimaka” (“Merry Christmas”) and traditionalHanukkah songs such as “S’vivon” (the spinning top or dreidl).

The program also welcomes in the fall and winter seasons with pieces such as“LeafDance” (composed by Bread & Roses member Jenny Covert) and “The Hands of Winter.” “Let it Be” and“Blackbird” byThe Beatles will add a touch of pop, while pieces such as “Mrs. Claus” and “Text Me Merry Christmas” provide some fun. A number of songs will feature percussion. In addition to learning new songs this fall, Bread & Roses has added nine members for an even richer sound by 35 voices.

There is no charge for admission, but free-will donations will be collected to benefit the Family Service Agency of DeKalb County, which has provided youth mentoring, counseling, senior services and children’s advocacy for more than 60 years. For more information about FSA, visit

FUUsion is a group of 10 Bread & Roses members who lend their voices to services at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Geneva.

The diverse members of Bread & Roses deliver messages of peace and justice, protection of the fragile environment, diversity, women’s empowerment and acceptance for all.

The concert is presented at WestminsterPresbyterian Church, 830 N. Annie Glidden Road. For more information, visit