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Andrew Bird to play cozy set at Chicago church

  • Andrew Bird performs at a sold-out show at the Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva Sunday July 8, 2012. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune)
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October 01, 2012|Adam Lukach, @lucheezy | RedEye

Winter is coming. Chicagoans know this. Andrew Bird knows this too. That's why the latter wants to help the former prepare for the coldest season with two performances of his intimate solo "Gezelligheid" at the Fourth Presbyterian Church.

The performances are named for a Dutch term that loosely means "cozy," an idea that Bird hopes to personify during the instrumental violin performances.

"I want the audience to be both lifted and comforted as we head into another cold and dark winter," he said in a press release. "I feel the space should be sacred so the audience can experience my music in a different atmosphere."

Bird's new album "Hands of Glory," due at the end of October, was crafted largely in response to enthusiastic receptions he received at similar "old-fashioned" sets on his tour.

The Gezelligheid solos will take place Dec. 19 and 20. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. For more information, visit etix.com.

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