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Program Notes Cherish the Ladies by Kevin Kelly, June 1, 2019

“Get Happy” is the first of three songs on this program, which we perform back to back, with music by Harold Arlen. Most famously performed by Judy Garland in the 1950 film Summer Stock, and subsequently featured throughout her career, it was originally sung twenty years earlier by Ruth Etting in the stage musical The Nine-Fifteen Revue. It was also the first collaboration between Arlen and lyricist Ted Koehler; the pair would write several more hits together, including the torch standard “Stormy Weather.” It references the spirit of a Christian revival meeting, in which listeners “get happy” and “shout hallelujah” as they anticipate entering the promised land to wash their sins away.

Arlen wrote “Over the Rainbow” with lyricist Yip Harburg for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Judy Garland, as Dorothy Gale, sings it within the first five minutes, after Aunt Em tells her to “find yourself a place where you won’t get into trouble.” It was nearly cut, because MGM executives thought it slowed down the film, but would, of course, go on to become Garland’s signature song. It was voted the greatest song of the 20th century in a joint survey by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of America, and the greatest movie song of all time by the American Film Institute.

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'America's Great Women of Song' Featured at Northwest Choral June 1 Concert

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PARK RIDGE, IL, April 26, 2019 – Question: What do Dolly Parton, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Carole King, Judy Garland and Dionne Warwick all have in common -- besides being women of song and each a recipient of multiple Recording Academy Grammy Awards, as well as immortalized with a brass star (“recording” category) embedded in the Hollywood Walk of Fame?

Answer:  They each wrote and/or recorded a signature song(s)  that will be showcased at Northwest Choral Society’s(“NWCS”) final concert of the 2018-19 season on Saturday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Brook Parish in Northbrook.

Entitled Cherish the Ladies: America’s Great Women of Song, the concert program includes these arrangements, along with songs by nine additional great American ladies of popular music – singers and songwriters from the early days of jazz to contemporary folk, country and pop.  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.

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2018-2019 Concert (53rd) Season

Save the dates! Join Northwest Choral Society for the last concert of our 2018-19 season—our 53rd! Featuring hit songs by some of America’s great ladies of song,  Contact us by phone at 224-585-3127 to reserve tickets or order them securely online here using your PayPal Account, Visa, MasterCard or American Express.

Summer Concert


Cherish the Ladies: 

America's Great Women of Song





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, Judy Garland, Whitney Huston, Carole King, The Wailin’ Jennys and so many more!

Tickest purchased before Concert day:  Adult - $20.00    Student/Senior - $16.00

Tickets purchased at the door: Adult - $25.00    Student/Senior - $20.00

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