Mission: Audition Featured at Northwest Choral's June 2 Concert

Selecting a new dynamic, knowledgeable and personable leader is a major undertaking for any organization. However, that is the enviable challenge facing the board of directors and the forty-five members of the Northwest Choral Society (“NWCS”) as they consider the finalists vying to become the next artist director of the chorus. Their concert on June 2, entitled “Mission: Audition”, will be a unique opportunity to both celebrate the rich tradition of NWCS’s contemporary American music repertoire and meet the two finalist candidates who have been chosen from a wide field of applicants interested in being the next artistic director of Northwest Choral Society.

NWCS’s final concert of the 2017-18 season on June 2 will be at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights at 7:30 p.m. Each of the two artistic director finalists, Kevin Kelly of Elgin and Guillermo Muñoz Küster of Chicago, have selected the concert music to be performed during one half of the program. They have rehearsed with and prepared the chorus on alternative Tuesday evenings for the last two and a half months, and will be present at the concert to conduct their respective part of the program.

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Mission Audition

The June concert is a unique opportunity to celebrate the rich tradition of choral music and meet th two candidates who hav been chosen from a wide field of applicants who were interested in being the next Artistic Director of Northwest Choral Society.

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Northwest Choral Society Explores 'Celestial Songs' and Premieres Starlight at April 8 Concert

PARK RIDGE, IL, March 6, 2018 – It is rare that one has the opportunity to attend a choral concert that brings together three major themes. However, the Northwest Choral Society’s (“NWCS”) concert on Sunday, April 8 at 4:00 p.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Des Plaines will feature these three premises: the premiere performance of a choral piece that it commissioned, all of the music on the concert program are “Celestial Songs,” and nearly all of the music was composed or arranged by artists alive today.

Carling FitzSimmons is the guest conductor for the April 8 concert.

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Northwest Choral Society's Plans for 2018

Northwest Choral Society is preparing for it’s April 8th concert, “Celestial Songs” at Trinity Lutheran Church in Des Plaines. We welcome Carling FitzSimmons as our guest conductor. During this performance, NWCS will feature the premier of its commissioned piece Starlight by Thomas LaVoy. We know you will enjoy this new work. Also on the program will be his work Orbits.  In addition, Sure on This Shining Night by Lauridson, The heavens are telling by Haydn, Stars by Eriks Eišenvalds, Follow the Drinking Gourd by Vincente Chavarria and other pieces contributing to the theme of “Celestial Songs.”  It will be an afternoon of music to bring forth the glorious, divine, and ethereal feelings from mostly living composers.

Carling FitzSimmons is a conductor and soprano and a native of Oak Park. She received degrees in English and music from Kenyon College. She also is an arts educator at Merit School of Music and serves as artistic director of La Caccina, a professional women’s vocal ensemble that she founded in 2011. La Caccina’s next concert is “Open Book: Reprise” on Saturday, February 10th at Glenview Community Church.  Carling is the guest conductor for William Ferris Chorale and she conducted their Christmas performances of “In the Moon of Wintertime.” Their next concert will be May 5th.

NWCS’ search for a new artistic director is in the final phase.  Two candidates will direct the chorus for the June 2nd concert. Come see who our new artistic director might be.

Mark your calendar, put it on your phone:  Sunday, April 8th at 4:00 pm at Trinity Lutheran Church for “Celestial Songs.”  Enjoy an afternoon of beautiful and sublime music by this talented chorus.

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Northwest Choral Extends invitation to 'Global Holiday' Concert

Northwest Choral Society (“NWCS”) will musically circumvent the globe when it presents its “Global Holiday” concert, celebrating the holiday season with traditional and contemporary music on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Raymond de Penafort Church in Mt. Prospect. 

The annual holiday concert will feature compositions from Africa, South America, the British Isles, European folk carols and, of course, both old and new American favorites.  William Lea is the Guest Conductor for the December 3 concert.

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