Northwest Choral Society (“NWCS”), under the direction of artistic director Alan Wellman, announces the schedule and music selections for its three concert performances during the upcoming 2014-15 season.
NWCS will kick off the 2014-2015 season with its annual holiday concerts that will include American composer Daniel Pinkham’s dynamic Christmas Cantata and Robert Shaw’s holiday favorite The Many Moods of Christmas. The concerts will be on Saturday, December 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest and on Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Raymond de Penafort Church in Mt. Prospect.
The second stop on the chorus’ musical journey will take the audience to Europe during the darkest days of World War II. The 7:30 p.m. concert onSaturday, April 18, 2015 at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston brings to life the memorable words and thoughts of Anne Frank. Annelies is the first adaptation of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl into a large-scale choral work, telling the story from the famous diary written between 1942 and 1944 when Anne Frank and her family hid from the Nazis in the back of an Amsterdam warehouse. The music was composed by James Whitbourn and consists of 14 movements with small chamber orchestration. “It is both haunting and beautiful,” says NWCS Artistic Director Alan Wellman.
On Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 3:00 p.m., the Northwest Choral Society will take its audience on “a magic carpet ride” for the young and young at heart at The Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center in Palatine. The Magical Music of Walt Disney will feature songs from Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and many more Disney favorites. This concert will bring back memories of adventure, fantasy, fun and most of all, fantastic music for the whole family.
Tickets for each of the 2014-15 season concerts are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Tickets for the December and April concerts may be obtained online at www.nwchoralsociety.org, by calling 224 / 585-9127 or the day of the concert at the respective venue. Tickets for the Disney concert in June will be available through the Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center box office in Palatine. Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center is a facility maintained and operated by the Palatine Park District.
Lipke-Kentex-Hesse / Dionne Supply of Chicago is providing much appreciated sponsorship financial support for the Northwest Choral Society’s 2014-15 concert season.
Founded in 1965, the Northwest Choral Society is a non-profit organization that promotes and encourages the appreciation, understanding and performance of a wide variety of outstanding choral literature. Its adult membership resides in Chicago and the northwest suburbs.
The Northwest Choral Society invites experienced singers to audition to join the organization. Basses, tenors, altos and sopranos with previous choral experience and 17 years of age can obtain additional information about the Northwest Choral Society at www.nwchoralsociety.org.