with Mark Colby, soprano saxophone
The beauties of a cappella sacred music from the past and present, with soaring lines of improvised soprano saxophone rising overhead. Especially designed for this concert, Mark Colby joins NCS for James Whitbourns Son of God Mass, medieval tropes, Renaissance motets, and wondrous jazz.
Holiday music for the entire family -- sing-alongs, great carols, seasonal favorites, a visit from Santa. A DuPage tradition!
Out of the dark of night, a star shines in the East, three Kings bring gifts for the child, a Bright Light lies in a lowly manger in a time of darkness. O Magnum Mysterium. Composers throughout the ages have been inspired by this Great Mystery. We celebrate it with music by Victoria, Handl, Lauridsen, Kesselman and others.
In culmination of an entire week of Peace-waging studies at College of DuPage. Our program will include The Peaceable Kingdom by Randall Thompson, a vast array of Dona Nobis Pacem settings, Japanese works in memory of the victims of nuclear war and communal peace songs that have captured the hopes and of people in both times of war and times between wars. Expect the unexpected, and a chance to raise your own voice in dreams of peace.
with Stephen Hartman, harp
The Biblical Psalms are poems of praise, of lament, and of quietude. From the earliest days, they have inspired great melody. Our Psalmfest includes Bach motet Lobet den Herrn, Brahms Schaffe in mir Gott, Hebrew Psalm suite Sheeru Ladonye Sheer Chadash for choir and harp by Srul Irving Glick, and other psalm-settings from the Renaissance, the early days of America and the present day. We close with Spirituals drawn from Psalm texts.