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.
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.
Daniel Pinkham, (b. June1923, d. September 2006) studied piano as a young boy and started writing his own music at age six. He became one of the most versatile American composers although less well known among the public, perhaps because he spent his whole life in Massachusetts. He was born there, taught at Boston Conservatory, Simmons College in Boston, Harvard, the University of Boston, and the New England Conservatory. He became Music Director of Kings Chapel, Boston, in 1958 and held that office for 42 years. He studied with many musical legends including Paul Hindemith, Walter Piston, Arthur Honegger, Aaron Copland, and Samuel Barber. He studied harpsichord with Polish legend Wanda Landowska and organ with E. Power Biggs. He was a performer of note not only on harpsichord and organ, but also on piano and carillon. As a composer he not only wrote for all these instruments, but also vocalists.
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.