Our 79th Season: 2014-2015
The theme of this season was "Ring/Sing/Swing"! We performed three exciting concerts, plus we joined the Evanston Symphony Orchestra for their traditional holiday program An Evanston Symphony Christmas on December 7, 2014.
The NSCS presented a Holiday Concert at Three Crowns Park Retirement Community in Evanston on Sunday, December 14, 2014, and also sang at the First Night Evanston celebration on December 31, 2014.
On Thursday, July 2, 2015, the Choral Society joined the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on the University of Chicago campus for a free concert featuring music by Canadian and American composers, including works commissioned by the Calgary Philharmonic Chorus: A Song of Joys by Stephen Chatman and two war memorial works, Song of Poets by Abigail Richardson-Schulte, and a movement from Jeffrey Ryan's Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation. The NSCS sang pieces by Aaron Copland (Zion's Walls) and Randall Thompson (Choose Something Like a Star). The program also included selections from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Fauré’s Requiem.
Concert 1: Sunday November 23, 2014 3:00 p.m. • Glenview Community Church • 1000 Elm Street, Glenview, Illinois
Julia Davids, Conductor
At its first concert, NSCS made the rafters RING with the dynamic Chicago Bronze English Handbell Ensemble directed by Andrea Handley. Holiday Music included “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,” “Carol of the Bells,” and Jim Stephenson’s “Magnificat” for organ and chorus.
Concert 2: Sunday March 22, 2015 3:00 p.m. • Regina Dominican High School • 701 Locust Road, Wilmette, Illinois
In March, the NSCS assembled to SING Mozart’s dramatic Requiem with full orchestra and Donald Chen Young Artist Award Winner Ashley Nicole Johnson, soprano. Other soloists included Chicago favorites Sarah Ponder Brock, mezzo soprano; Hoss Brock, tenor; and Lyric Opera Ryan Center Alum David Govertsen, bass.
Concert 3: Sunday June 7, 2015 3:00 p.m. • Glenview Community Church • 1000 Elm Street, Glenview, Illinois
The NSCS showed that they could SWING in a Pops concert with the North Branch Jazz Ensemble led by Joe Lill. The groups performed hits of Big Band, Jazz, Gospel, and Musical Theatre!
Soprano Felicia Patton returned to collaborate with the band and choir after her sensational debut with the NSCS in Missa Gaia last season, and was joined by jazz vocalist Jeff Hedberg.