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Julia Davids, Music Director

The theme of our 82nd season echoes the observation attributed to 18th-century US poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, that “music is the universal language of all mankind.” Through our three concerts, NSCS will explore how music allows us to communicate across linguistic and cultural boundaries.

By engaging with music from four continents; taking inspiration from the massive singing demonstrations which helped return independence to the Baltic States; and through two uplifting interpretations of the Requiem, we are reminded of how music reaches deep into our common human experience.

Music of the Americas

Fern Hill, American John Corigliano’s pastoral setting of the
Dylan Thomas poem
Magnificat, in Brazilian Heitor Villa-Lobos’ stirring interpretation
Snow Angel, an evocative work in five movements by Canadian Sarah Quartel

Featured soloists:
Christianne Rushton, Canadian mezzo soprano
Francisco L. Malespin, Brazilian cellist
Sharon Rich Peterson, American pianist and organist

Sunday, November 19, 2017
3:00 p.m.
Saint John Brebeuf Church
Niles, IL



Music for Social Change
Africa, America,
and the
Singing Revolution of Estonia

An interactive celebration of the power of music to educate and empower

Mollie Stone
Conductor, educator, and expert on black South African choral music

With special guests:
The Chicago Children’s Choir
Hyde Park Presto Ensemble


Sunday, February 25, 2018
3:00 p.m.
Regina Dominican High School
Wilmette, IL


Requiem –
Britain and France

Two settings of the ancient
Requiem text by:

Bob Chilcott, contemporary British composer
Gabriel Fauré, whose setting emphasizes hope and consolation

Full orchestra and soloists
Kateri Gormley, soprano
Kyle Sackett, baritone

Sunday, June 3, 2018
3:00 p.m.
Saint John Brebeuf Church
Niles, IL