Our 80th Season: 2015-2016
The theme of our 80th Anniversary season was "Songs of Peace" to Sing, Share, and Inspire! In addition to concerts, we planned events involving schools, community organizations, and peace groups. Faith Keady was our Conducting Apprentice this season.
NSCS was represented at the One State in the Arts conference held in Evanston, September 27th – 29th. NSCS members served as volunteers at the conference, and a NSCS concert recording was played during lunch. The NSCS 80th Anniversary video was available for viewing throughout the conference.
In the fall we held an 80th anniversary party for members, alumni, family, and friends; here is a link to the 80th Anniversary slide presentation (3.5 MB PowerPoint file) shown at the party. Plus we joined the Evanston Symphony Orchestra for their traditional holiday program An Evanston Symphony Christmas on December 6, 2015. The NSCS presented a Holiday Concert at Three Crowns Park Retirement Community in Evanston on Sunday, December 13, 2015.
The public was invited to hear the finalists compete in the Donald Chen Young Artists Award competition on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at Trinity Methodist Church in Wilmette. The winner, Nathan Ward, tenor, will be the soloist at our March, 2017 concert.
On April 17, 2016 Northwestern's Block Museum hosted our exciting benefit, a screening of Kerry Candaele's film Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony. The public was invited to join NSCS for the pre-film talk, the film screening, wine and hors d'oeuvres, and a door prize drawing.
NSCS contacted Dr. Martin Luther King Arts School in Evanston to request peace related children’s artwork to complement our two spring concerts. Third grade students created a mural in the theme of Peace inspired by the music “Shalom – A Reason for Peace” by Robert Evans for our April 3rd concert. Middle school students created small, individual collages inspired by the lyrics of Requiem For Peace by Larry Nickel for our May 14th concert. NSCS collaborated with several peace groups in the Chicago area (such as Hands of Peace) and displayed information about their organizations at Pick-Staiger the evening of our concert.
Concert 1: Sunday November 22, 2015 3:00 p.m. • Glenview Community Church • 1000 Elm Street, Glenview, Illinois
Music of Peace
Julia Davids, Conductor
80th Anniversary Concert
The North Shore Choral Society presented great works from their past seasons as well as newer compositions, all focused on peace and reconciliation. Local and global peace events throughout the choir’s eighty-year history framed performances of Uzee Brown’s stirring arrangement of "We Shall Overcome," "Earth Song" by Frank Ticheli, and others.
Kennette Benedict, Senior Advisor to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, gave a pre-concert talk and was an in-concert narrator, linking musical selections to issues of peace.
Concert 2: Sunday April 3, 2016 3:00 p.m. • Regina Dominican High School • 701 Locust Road, Wilmette, Illinois
The exciting exchange of musical and cultural traditions featured special guests from Japan, the Kyoto Concert Choir with Tetsuo Hashio, and the Evanston Children’s Choir. Music in a variety of different languages was included: Robert Evan’s “Shalom – A Reason for Peace,” Oscar Peterson’s stirring “Hymn to Freedom,” and many others.
Concert 3: Saturday May 14, 2016 8:00 p.m. • Northwestern University's Pick-Staiger Concert Hall • 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, Illinois
Julia Davids, Conductor
The Chicago premiere performance featured full orchestra and soloists for this stunning work, performed all over the world to rave reviews. Exciting and dynamic music accompanied the poetry of war-torn nations from around the world, combining in a powerful and transcendent work calling for reconciliation. The composer joined us for a pre-concert interview with WBEZ’s Worldview host, Jerome McDonnell. Click here to listen to the interview of Larry Nickel recorded at the concert.
You-Seong Kim, soprano
Orna Arania, mezzo soprano
Sean Stanton, baritone
Donald Chen Young Artist Award Winner