Our 81st Season: 2016-2017
This season's theme was “Renewal!” It opened with Glory!, our November concert of new and familiar holiday music including John Rutter's Gloria and Daniel Pinkham's Christmas Cantata. We collaborated once again with the Chicago Bronze English Handbell Ensemble under the direction of Andrea Handley, who wrote an exciting concert finale commissioned for this occasion.
Our March concert, Psalms Old and New, highlighted several settings of the 23rd Psalm, as well as Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Tarik O’Regan’s Dorchester Canticles. Tenor Nathan Ward, winner of the 2016 Donald Chen Young Artist Award, was a featured soloist, along with William Lewis, treble, and accompaniment was by Ben Melsky, harpist.
In April we celebrated Earth Day with an encore performance of contemporary masterpiece Missa Gaia (Earth Mass), brought back by popular demand. Joining us once again were Felicia Patton, soprano; Thomas W. Jefferson, piano; and John Wojciechowski, soprano sax; as well as the Evanston Children’s Choir under the direction of Gary Geiger, and enidsmithdance.
In addition, we joined the Evanston Symphony Orchestra in December for their traditional holiday program An Evanston Symphony Christmas and again in June for Gustav Mahler’s second symphony, The Resurrection.
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.
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.