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'Midnight Mass' featured at Northwest Choral's Concert Dec. 2

PARK RIDGE, IL, November 6, 2018 – French baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s lively Messe de Minuit pour Noël (Midnight Mass for Christmas) will be featured at the Northwest Choral Society (“NWCS”) holiday concert, “Once, As I Remember: Old and New Music for Christmastime,” on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Raymond de Penafort Church in Mt. Prospect.

NWCS’s 53rd annual holiday concert also will include songs made popular by Elvis Presley, Indigo Girls, Mariah Carey, and Pentatonix, as well as other traditional and contemporary music.  The NWCS’s new Artistic Director Kevin Kelly will conduct the chorus and the nine-piece Northwest Choral Chamber Orchestra for the December 2 concert.  “For our first concert together, I have enjoyed working weekly with our singers the last few months, preparing what I think will be a beautiful program of Christmas music to showcase their considerable collective talent!” Mr. Kelly said after a recent rehearsal.

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Northwest Choral Society 2018-2019 (53rd) Concert Season

Once, As I Remember
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Christmas 4St. Raymond de Peñafort Church
Elmhurst Avenue & Lincoln Street, Mt. Prospect
3:30 p.m.        Pre-Concert Chat
4:00 p.m.         Concert
Our annual holiday concert features the Midnight Mass for Christmas by French baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Lively and tuneful, the music is based on old French Christmas carols, with vocal soloists, flutes, strings and organ. The remainder of the program ranges from 17th- and 18th-century carol settings to songs made popular by Elvis Presley, Indigo Girls, Mariah Carey, Pentatonix—with a Calypso-style spiritual and a new setting by Tom Shelton of the ancient carol “A Spotless Rose.”
 
If Music Be the Food of Love
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Immanuel Lutheran Church
200 N. Plum Grove Rd., Palatine
7:00 p.m.         Pre-Concert Chat
7:30 p.m.         Concert
with pianists Lori Lyn Mackie and 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.

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

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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