On Saturday, March 18, Northwest Choral Society will once again participate in the Windy City Choral Festival with mixed choirs from across the country, The Festival concert is held in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center. The Artistic Director is Dr. Z. Randall Stroope from Oklahoma State University, who will lead rehearsals and the final concert. The chorus will join seven other groups and present a combined concert at 1:30 p.m. Some of the selections are Dr. Stroope’s compositions: Sure on a Shining Night and Dance for Love. Other compositions are: Dixit Dominus by Galuppi, On Jordan’s Stormy Banks by Furham and Soldier, Soldier Won’t You Marry Me by De Comier.
PARK RIDGE, IL, February 27, 2017 -- The Northwest Choral Society (“NWCS”) will present Felix Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise (Lobgesang) on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Des Plaines.
NWCS is under the direction of artistic director Alan Wellman. The chorus will be accompanied by the NWCS Chamber Orchestra for this concert.
Felix Mendelssohn wrote symphonies, concerti, oratorios, piano and organ music and chamber music, as well as being a respected piano and organ performer, conductor, and teacher. He was commissioned to write Hymn of Praise(Lobgesang) in B-flat major, posthumously named Symphony No. 2, in conjunction with the 1840 Gutenberg Festival in Leipzig, Germany (at that time one of the main centers of the book publishing industry) to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of printing from movable type. (No. 2 was, in fact, the fourth symphony he wrote; his symphonies are numbered approximately in the order that they were published, rather than the order in which they were composed.) The first performance of Symphony No. 2 was June 25, 1840, as the final event of the Festival, bringing the celebration to a suitably imposing conclusion.
The annual holiday concert will feature two compositions from Joseph M. Martin, Festival of Carols, a joyful celebration of over twenty songs of the season in new and interesting arrangements, and Celebration of Light, a festive Hanukkah original. Also on the program is one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s most beloved Advent cantatas, Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (BWV 62 in the catalogue of over 1000 Bach compositions).
Current members of NWCS have collaborated with Artistic Director Alan Wellman to select music for this Golden Jubilee “Why We Sing!” concert from the hundreds of compositions the chorus performed at its annual end-of-the-season June concerts during the last 50 years. The list of “favorites” includes a Medley from Les Misérables, Irving Berlin’s BlueSkies, Elijah Rock arrangement by Jester Hairston, Randall Thompson’s Choose Something Like a Star, a medley from Forever Motown and many more dating back over five decades.
The “Something Old . . .” featured on the concert program will be represented by Joseph Haydn’s Little Organ Mass, and the “. . . Something New” will be exemplified by two pieces from contemporary composer Morten Lauridsen, Lux Aeterna and Sure On This Shining Night. NWCS is under the direction of artistic director Alan Wellman. The chorus will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra and an organ for this concert.
The concert will feature Giovanni Gabrieli’s In Ecclesiis, along with Z. Randall Stroope’s Hodie! (This Day) and Conrad Susa’s A Christmas Garland. The chorus also will welcome in the holiday season with a number of traditional Christmas carols.
Saturday, June 13, 2015, 3:00 pm
Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center
Operated by the Palatine Park District
150 E. Wood Street, Palatine, IL 60067
Seniors $20 (60 years and older)
Students (12 to 18 years of age) $20
Children (under 12 years of age) $8
Special Package, using Code "MOUSE" 2 adults($25 each) with 8 or more children (under 13 years of age) $5 per child
Northwest Choral Society was formed in 1965 as a non-profit organization that promotes and encourages the appreciation, understanding and performance of a wide variety of outstanding choral literature. Its adult membership resides in the greater Chicago area. Information about Northwest Choral Society can be found at www.nwchoralsociety.org
Josefien Stoppelenburg James Whitbourn
‘ANNELIES’ TO BE FEATURED ON NORTHWEST CHORAL SOCIETY’S APRIL 18 PROGRAM
PARK RIDGE, IL, March 6, 2015 – The Northwest Choral Society (“NWCS”) will present James Whitbourn’s Grammy-nominated Annelies on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston.
Anneliesis the first adaptation of the book Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl into a large-scale choral work, and the libretto by Melanie Challenge is based on the teenager’s remarkable and penetrating observations documented in the famous diary written between 1942 and 1944 when Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic. “Annelies’ music is both haunting and beautiful,” says NWCS Artistic Director Alan Wellman.
Soprano Josefien Stoppelenburg and a four-piece ensemble will accompany the chorus. In addition, a complimentary preconcert lecture and discussion of the music will be hosted at 6:45 p.m. by Jonathan Miller, a leading figure in Jewish music in the Chicago area.
DEC. 6 & 7 PROGRAM
PARK RIDGE, IL, November 11, 2014 – The Northwest Choral Society (“NWCS”), under the direction of artistic director Alan Wellman, will present its first concert of the season, entitled “The Many Moods of Christmas,” on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, IL, and Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Raymond’s Church in Mt. Prospect, IL.
NWCS will kick off the 2014-2015 season with its annual holiday concerts that will include American composer Daniel Pinkham’s dynamic Christmas Cantata and Robert Shaw's holiday favorite The Many Moods of Christmas. The concerts will be on Saturday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest and on Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Raymond de Penafort Church in Mt. Prospect.
PARK RIDGE, IL, March 14, 2014 – The Northwest Choral Society (“NWCS”), under the direction of artistic director Alan Wellman, will present “Crowning Jewels – Music of Britain’s Choral Revival” on Sunday, May 10, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Grace Episcopal Church in Oak Park.
Northwest Choral Society will present masterpieces from the choral repertoire of Sir Charles Villers Stanford’s Three Latin Motets, op. 38, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ O Clap your Hands, Herbert Howells’ A Hymn for St. Cecilia and Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb. The concert will celebrate the revival of late19th century choral music in England. Artistic Director, Alan Wellman, will be conducting the chorus and NWCS Chamber Orchestra.
PARK RIDGE, IL, November 7, 2013 – The Northwest Choral Society (“NWCS”), under the direction of artistic director Alan Wellman, will present its first concert of the season, entitled “Joy to the World!”, on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, IL, and Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ in De Plaines, IL.
PARK RIDGE, IL, May 3, 2013 – The Northwest Choral Society (“NWCS”), under the direction of artistic director Alan Wellman, will present “The Sound of Musicals” on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts.
PARK RIDGE, IL, October 27, 2012 – The Northwest Choral Society (“NWCS”), under the direction of artistic director Alan Wellman, will present its first concert of the season on December 1, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, IL.
PARK RIDGE, IL, April 25, 2011 – The Northwest Choral Society, under the direction of conductor Alan Wellman, will present its June concerts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at Edison Park Lutheran Church, Chicago, IL and at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 5 at Trinity United Methodist Church , Mt. Prospect, IL.
PARK RIDGE, IL, February 20, 2011 – The Northwest Choral Society, under the direction of conductor Alan Wellman, will present its spring concert on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at Community Presbyterian Church in Mount Prospect, IL.
Gala Benefit Concert to Honor John H. Melcher
In a rare opportunity for the Northwest Choral Society and its loyal audience, a special benefit performance by members of the tour choir of the famed Chicago Master Singers will take place on Sunday, June 27thin Arlington Heights, Illinois. The choir, under the direction of Alan Heatherington, will tour Germany shortly following the performance, which will include works by Brahms, Bruckner, Biebl, Paulus, Lauridsen and Berger. The concert is honoring the legacy of Maestro John H. Melcher, NWCS director for over 30 years, who passed away on June 27, 2009. All proceeds will benefit the John H. Melcher Memorial Fund.
DES PLAINES, IL, May 11, 2010 – The Northwest Choral Society (“NWCS”) will present its season-finale concert on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights, IL and Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. at Edison Park Lutheran Church on the northwest side of Chicago.
PARK RIDGE, IL, February 23, 2010 – The Northwest Choral Society will present its spring concert under the direction of guest conductor Kurt R. Hansen on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Park Ridge, IL.