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Our 75th Season: 2010-2011

NSCS 75th Logo by Olver Dunlop AssociatesWe celebrated our 75th Anniversary!  

We had a lot of fun celebrating!

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Concert 1:   Sunday November 21, 2010 3:00 p.m. • Glenview Community Church • 1000 Elm Street, Glenview, IL

“Ring in the Season”

Julia Davids, Conductor


Gary Wendt, Organist and the Joyful Ringers handbell choir of Glenview Community Church

The Joyful Ringers of Glenview Community Church

This was our first concert at the Glenview Community Church.  Music included “There Shall a Star” from the oratorio Christus by Mendelssohn, Biebl’s moving setting of Ave Maria, Moses Hogan’s exciting Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King, and the American premiere of Creator of the Stars of Night by Canadian composer Jeff Enns.  Plus a rousing carol-sing!

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Concert 2:   Saturday February 12, 2011 7:00 p.m. • The Unitarian Church of Evanston • 1330 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL

Gala 75th Anniversary Concert and Soirée

Julia Davids, Conductor


Sharon Rich Peterson, piano; and
Corey Grigg, baritone, winner of the NSCS's 2010 Donald Chen Young Artist Award Competition

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This fabulous retrospective concert featured music performed by the NSCS from every decade of its existence – from favorite oratorio choruses to classic American compositions. 

  • Gabriel Fauré: Requiem
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Elijah
  • Franz Joseph Haydn: The Creation
  • Aaron Copland: Old American Songs
  • Randall Thompson: Alleluia
  • Stephen Foster: Oh! Susanna
  • William Dawson: Soon Ah Will Be Done

Plus a piece commissioned from composer Anne Heider for this occasion: Pleasure Tunes My Tongue!

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Concert 3:   Sunday June 12, 2011 3:00 p.m. • Pick-Staiger Concert Hall • 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL

“J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor

Julia Davids, Conductor

Last performed by the NSCS in 1998, this concert was performed with full orchestra and featured soloists:

Link to bio of Michelle Areyzaga, soprano

Link to bio of Sarah Ponder, mezzo-soprano

Link to bio of Kurt R. Hansen, tenor

Link to bio of Kevin McMillan, baritone


Music Director Julia Davids  shared her thoughts about the Mass:

"I think the B Minor Mass is such an incredible work because it showcases the variety of Bach's compositional style.  From grand, complicated, polyphonic 5-8 part fugues to more direct and simple 4 part motets, to lyrical solo work, Bach always uses the meaning of the text as his inspiration.  It is truly a monumental undertaking to learn and perform."

The NSCS united its passion for great choral music with an orchestra of Chicago's finest players led by Martin Davids, and world-class soloists.

We were also pleased to present emerging solo singers from Northwestern and North Park Universities featured in soli excerpts, as part of our Donald Chen Young Artist Award program.

Anne Slovin, soprano

Simonetta Pacek, sopranoSammi Block, mezzo-sopranoChris Albanese, tenorSean Stanton, baritone



Link to publicity John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune chose our June 12 Bach Mass in B minor concert as the classical "Pick of the Week"! published June 10, 2011

Link to publicity John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune reviewed our June 12 Bach Mass in B minor concert! published June 13, 2011

Link to publicity Dorothy Andries of Pioneer Press published an article about our concert on June 9, 2011

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