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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Bee Gees and ABBA Help Northwest Choral Celebrate the '70s at June 3rd Concert

PARK RIDGE, IL, May 5, 2017 – Many will remember during the 1970s when music dance clubs – discotheques --- became extremely popular. Young people, wearing polyester bell-bottoms or hotpants in psychedelic colors or floral patterns and platform shoes, lined up outside popular clubs for a chance to enter dance floors lit with bright, pulsing lights and dance to recorded music with a pounding beat. “Disco” was the word that described the clubs, the music, the dance style, and the fashions that grew out of the “anything goes” scene.

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”.

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Northwest Choral Presents Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise


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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