Sunday, November 20, 2016

Saint John Brebeuf Church, Niles, Illinois


Psalms, New and Old

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Saint John Brebeuf Church, Niles, Illinois


Missa Gaia (Earth Mass)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Unitarian Church of Evanston, Evanston, Illinois


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.  NSCS also performed Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus at the ESO June concert.