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Andrew Bird will return to Fourth Presbyterian Church for a holiday residency

Andrew Bird will return to Fourth Presbyterian Church for a holiday residency
Photograph: Jesse Lirola

In Chicago, the arrival of the holiday season is signaled by the return of Christkindlmarket, skating on the ice ribbon in Maggie Daley Park and Andrew Bird playing violin in a church. The Chicago native will host four Gezelligheid concerts at the Fourth Presbyterian Church from December 11 to 14, backed by his signature array of Victrola horn speakers. 

An annual tradition of sorts, Bird typically uses his Gezelligheid shows as an excuse to dig into his back catalog and test out new material in front of a crowd. He also usually welcomes some special guests to the stage—this year folk singer Joan Shelley (who recently released an album produced by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy) will open each of the concerts.

Tickets for the Fourth Presbyterian Church shows will cost $42.50–$53.50 and go on sale via TicketFly Friday, September 22 at 10am. All seating is general admission, so you'll need to show up early if you want to snag a spot in one of the front pew. 

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