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.