The New Classic Singers 30th concert season opens with an exploration of styles and spirit, on Saturday, November 5, at 8 p.m. at St Petronille Church in Glen Ellyn and Sunday, November 13, at 3 p.m. at St Francis Xavier Church in La Grange. Music Director and Founder Lee Kesselman will conduct the 32 voice adult ensemble as it treats the audience to sacred, secular, opera and and musical theater selections. William Buhr will accompany.
“Composers have always been drawn to the Psalms as a treasure trove of musical inspiration,” says director Kesselman. “The psalm traditions might be the richest set of words in Western sacred music, and they resonate equally with Christians and Jews.”
NCS will sing Psalm settings by Brahms, Distler, Gregg Smith, Stanford, Jean Berger, and director Kesselman.
“No music is more universally enjoyed by American choirs and audiences than that of African-American spirituals,” says Kesselman. The NCS collection will include arrangements by Burleigh, Leonard De Paur, Stacey Gibbs, William Dawson, and Moses Hogan.
New Classic Singers has been entertaining DuPage County audiences with the finest in choral singing and repertoire. Members include solo vocalists, educators, and other fine singers from through the Chicago area. The ensemble is known for its imaginative programs and vocal excellence.
Director Lee Kesselman is widely known as a conductor, composer, and arranger. His choral music is performed internationally and his leadership of NCS has made the ensemble a beacon of choral music in the Chicago area. He brings a unique composer’s perspective to his work as music director.
Tickets for New Classic Singers concerts are available using the ticket order form on our website or at the door. Special rates are available for students, seniors, and groups.