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NWCS Associates Music with ‘The Food of Love’ at March 23 Concert

PARK RIDGE, IL, February 15, 2019 – Northwest Choral Society (“NWCS”) will musically illustrate the first line of William Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night, when Duke Orsino famously says, “If music be the food of love, play on . . . .” as the chorus presents a program of love-inspired music from madrigals to contemporary classics and poetic settings.  Entitled “If Music Be the Food of Love,” the concert will be Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Palatine.

A complimentary discussion of the concert music will be hosted by NWCS Artistic Director Kevin Kelly at 7:00 p.m. prior to the concert.

Liebeslieder Walzer Op. 52 (Love Song Waltzes) by Johannes Brahms will highlight the program, with piano four-hand accompaniment (piano duet in which two players play on a single piano) by NWCS Assistant Artistic Director and Collaborative Pianist Lori Lyn Mackie and guest Philip Seward.

In spite of being well-known as a great composer of large, complex musical works, some of Brahms’ most successful works were smaller, more intimate pieces, such as Liebeslieder.  Completed in 1869, these waltzes are a collection of eighteen relatively short love songs in lieder (German vernacular to describe setting poetry to classical music) and Austrian ländler(dance in ¾ time in which hopping or stamping on a beat is a hallmark feature) styles. 

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2018-2019 Concert (53rd) Season

Save the dates! Join Northwest Choral Society for our 2018-19 season—our 53rd! From waltzes by Johannes Brahms to hit songs by some of America’s great ladies of song, this is sure to be a season to remember. Contact us by phone at 224-585-3127 to reserve tickets or order them securely online using your PayPal Account, Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
Spring Concert 
 If Music Be the Food of Love
When:  Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Pre-Concert Chat:  7:00 p.m.
Where:  Immanuel Lutheran Church
200 N. Plum Grove Rd., Palatine, IL 60067
Featuring pianists Lori Lyn Mackie & Philip Seward

The Liebeslieder Waltzes—“Love Song Waltzes”—by Johannes Brahms headline this concert of love-inspired music by classical composers across the centuries, from madrigals and anthems of liturgical love to contemporary classics and poetic settings. Brahms’s settings of 18 love poems by George Daumer are essentially mini-Viennese waltzes in folk style, with voices accompanied by piano four-hands.


Summer Concert  

 Cherish the Ladies
When:  Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Pre-Concert Chat:  7:00 p.m.
Where:  Our Lady of the Brook
3700 Dundee Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062

This delightful and varied program will showcase the signature songs by some of America’s great ladies of popular song—singers and singer-songwriters—from the early days of jazz to contemporary folk, country and pop. Expect songs that became hits for Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Rosemary Clooney, Judy Garland, Patsy Cline, Carole King, The Wailin’ Jennys and so many more—including a brand-new arrangement made just for NWCS!

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