NSCS Past Seasons
Our 76th Season: 2011-2012
This season the North Shore Choral Society had its first Apprentice Conductor, Richard Hutton, who helped prepare us for a very demanding season. We performed three concerts, plus sang with the Evanston Symphony Orchestra at their popular concert "An Evanston Symphony Christmas" on December 4, 2011.
“A Holiday Celebration”
The Prairie Brass Band of Arlington Heights,
Dallas Niermeyer, Musical Director
Sharon Rich Peterson, organ and piano
Julia Brueck, organ
Renata Lowe, soprano
and members of the Joyful Ringers handbell choir of Glenview Community Church, Gary Wendt Director
The Prairie Brass Band shared some of their competition repertoire, as well as brass arrangements of seasonal music. The Prairie Brass Band hosted the ninth annual U.S. Open Brass Band Championships at the Norris Center in St. Charles, Illinois, on November 5, 2011.
Choral music included multiple settings of the Magnificat (the “Song of Mary”), including a percussive and compelling composition by American composer Mark Gresham. This piece was newly arranged to highlight organist and NSCS accompanist Sharon Rich Peterson. Robert Shaw's Many Moods of Christmas featured an assortment of familiar carols, and the concert includes carols arranged for the Chicago Mastersingers by local musician Paul Langford. The Prairie Brass Band joined the Choral Society in several favorites, both traditional and modern, rounding out this brass and choral celebration of the season.
Carl Orff's Carmina Burana
The North Shore Choral Society presented one of the most popular cantatas of all time, Carl Orff’s thrilling Carmina Burana. In 1936 Orff set twenty-four poems and dramatic texts from the 11th – 13th centuries to some of the most exciting and expressive music for choir, children’s choir, soloists, and in this version – two pianos and percussion.
The NSCS welcomed the Evanston Children’s Choir, directed by Gary Geiger,
Pianist and NSCS accompanist Sharon Rich Peterson was joined by Music Institute of Chicago’s Director of Performance Activities Fiona Queen and five percussionists.
G.F. Handel’s Israel in Egypt
This dramatic biblical oratorio tells the story of the plague-ridden persuasion of Pharaoh to allow the enslaved Israelites to leave Egypt. Handel is at his best in this evocative composition of the exodus written for six soloists and double chorus.
Dorothy Andries, classical music writer and critic of the Pioneer Press, presented a free pre-concert talk on Handel and Israel in Egypt in Werner Hall at Temple Beth-El. An area of concert seats was reserved for those who attended the talk.
The NSCS was again joined by a full orchestra of the top instrumentalists in Chicago with Concert Master Martin Davids.
Soprano Máire O’Brien, mezzo soprano Angela Young Smucker , tenor Kurt R. Hansen, basses Ryan O'Mealey and Peter van de Graaff, and Donald Chen Young Artist Award winner soprano Alison Wahl were featured in this concert.