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Northwest Choral Presents Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise

NORTHWEST CHORAL PRESENTS MENDELSSOHN’S 
HYMN OF PRAISE AT APRIL 2 CONCERT


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.

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Northwest Choral Extends Invitation To ‘Come Celebrate!’ Dec. 4

PARK RIDGE, IL, November 14, 2016 –Northwest Choral Society (“NWCS”) invites one and all to “Come Celebrate!” with music and song in the spirit of the holiday season on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. at St. Raymond de Penafort Church in Mt. Prospect.

 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).  

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‘Why We Sing!’ For 50 Years Highlights Northwest Choral & Alumni June 4 Concert

Alumni of the Northwest Choral Society (“NWCS”) have received special invitations to sing select pieces with the chorus at its June 4 concerts to musically highlight “Why We Sing!”.  And in this case, it represents 50 years of singing!  The June 4 concerts, scheduled for 4 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at Southminster Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights, culminate the NWCS’s 2015-16 performance season and its Golden Jubilee celebration.

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 BlueSkiesElijah 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.

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Northwest Choral Presents ‘Something Old, Something New’ On April 9 Concert

The year-long celebration of the Northwest Choral Society’s (“NWCS”) 50th anniversary will continue with the second concert of the 2015-16 season, entitled “Something Old, Something New,” on Saturday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Arlington Heights. 

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.

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‘In Ecclesiis: Music For Choir And Brass’ On Northwest Choral Dec. 5 Program

The year-long celebration of the Northwest Choral Society’s (“NWCS”) 50th anniversary will begin with its first concert of the season, entitled “In Ecclesiis: Music for Choir and Brass,” on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights. 

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.

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