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The North Shore Choral Society normally sings three concerts each season; one in the Fall (November or December), a second in late winter (usually March), and a third in the Spring (May or early June).  Our season information is sent out in August.

2016-2017

Our 81st Season    NSCS Logo designed by Evanston artist Charlene Palm for our 50th Anniversary Season

The theme of our 81st Season is "Renewal!"

The season features a new venue (for us) and an exciting encore performance of Missa Gaia (Earth Mass), a work composed collaboratively by the members of the Paul Winter Consort. 
In addition to concerts, we have planned events involving schools, community organizations, and ecology groups. 

Plus we joined the Evanston Symphony Orchestra for their traditional holiday program An Evanston Symphony Christmas on December 4, 2016, and again on Sunday, June 11, 2017 for Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony, The Ressurection

 

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Concert 1


Glory!

Sunday November 20, 2016 at 3 pm
Saint John Brebeuf Church
8307 N. Harlem Avenue, Niles, IL

Julia Davids, Conductor

 

New and familiar holiday music for choir, brass, percussion, and handbells, featuring the Chicago Bronze English Handbell Ensemble, directed by Andrea Handley.  

Music to include Rutter's Gloria, Pinkham's Christmas Cantata, and a newly commissioned finale arrangement by Andrea Handley!

 

View the concert poster (PDF)(480KB PDF legal)

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View the Concert Program Booklet (PDF)(4.6MB PDF)

 

Concert 2


Psalms, New and Old

Sunday March 5, 2017 at 3 pm
Saint John Brebeuf Church
8307 N. Harlem Avenue, Niles, IL

Julia Davids, Conductor

 

Including Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Tarik O’Regan’s Dorchester Canticles. 

Click here for an interview with one of the soloists, William Lewis, treble.

Nathan Ward, tenor
2016 Donald Chen Young Artist Award Winner

William Lewis, treble

Featuring Ben Melsky, harp

View the concert poster (PDF)(480KB PDF legal)

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View the Concert Program Booklet (PDF)(436KB PDF)

 

Concert 3


Missa Gaia (Earth Mass)

Saturday April 22, 2017 at 7 pm
The Unitarian Church of Evanston
1330 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL

Julia Davids, Conductor

 

A celebration of Earth Day featuring this repeat performance of an exciting contemporary masterpiece brought back by popular demand.

John Wojciechowski, soprano sax

Thomas W. Jefferson, piano

Felicia Patton, soprano

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Evanston Children's Choir,
Gary Geiger, director

View the concert poster (PDF)(893KB PDF legal)

View the concert poster (PDF)(390KB JPG legal)

View the Concert Program Booklet (PDF)(954KB PDF)

Here is the poetry read at the concert:

Link to PDF of poem by Eleanor Risteen Gordon

Link to "Where Does the Temple Begin, Where Does It End?" by Mary Oliver

Link to "Eagle Poem" by Joy Harjo