Well, bell-bottoms, hotpants and platforms will be optional attire on Saturday, June 3 when the Northwest Choral Society (“NWCS”) performs its final concert of the 2016-17 season with “Celebrate the ‘70s” at 7:30 p.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church in Palatine. The church setting should not discourage concert-goers from dancing to their favorite disco beats.
Eleven of the songs featured on the concert program have been recognized as “No 1” hits on the “Billboard Magazine Hot 100” charts during the 1970s. Nine of the concert songs are included on VH-1’s (cable network) list of “100 Greatest Dance Songs” and three of the songs appeared on the “Rolling Stone Magazine List of Top Ten Disco Songs of All Time”.
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.