HINSDALE CHORALE PRESENTS “Winter Wonder”
November 25 & 26, 2017
Laura Coster, Guest Director
Hinsdale, Ill. – Oct. 17, 2017 – Hinsdale Chorale will perform “Winter Wonder,” the group’s annual holiday concert, on Saturday, Nov. 25th, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 26th, at 3:00 p.m., at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 203 S. Kensington in LaGrange. The concert is presented under the direction of Guest Director Laura Coster and will be accompanied by Kathy Christian.
Laura Coster commented “I’m thrilled to guest direct the holiday concert this year with Hinsdale Chorale. They are a wonderful group of people who are strong musicians that really enjoy singing together. The choir is truly a small community and I hope that this concert will reach out to others in the community as we celebrate the upcoming holiday season.”
Mrs. Coster retired last spring after directing choirs and teaching Advanced Placement Music Theory for 32 years at Community High School District 99 in Downers Grove. She is a National Board-Certified music teacher and also has a wealth of experience directing music and choreography for musical theatre productions. In her tenure at Downers Grove South, she directed choirs at all levels and worked on a choral team to provide rich choral experiences for her students. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education and choral conducting from the University of Illinois in Champaign. In addition, Laura has a master’s degree in school counseling from Northeastern Illinois University.
“I chose music to fit our theme of Winter Wonder to celebrate the beautiful aspects of the season. Our concerts are the day after Black Friday and just before Cyber Monday and I purposely selected songs with texts that speak about the wonder, peace, faith, and the tranquility of the season. It is all music I like to hear after the hustle and bustle of hosting a Thanksgiving dinner and the shopping that follows. The concert is designed to be a breath of fresh air that will help us focus on what is really important in December…our faith, family, and seeing the beauty around us,” said Coster.
The choir will perform a cappella carols and others with piano, organ, and a brass quintet along with percussion. Instrumentalists who will be performing include a brass ensemble comprised of past and current students from DePaul University’s School of Music including Abby Black on horn, Riley Leitch on trombone, Riley Lindsey on tuba, along with Audrey Lidke and Monica Benson on trumpet. Hinsdale Chorale member, Jerry Gore, will round out the instrumental ensemble on timpani.
Featuring the first movement of John Rutter’s Gloria, his arrangement of I Wonder as I Wander, and his lovely Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind, the first set speaks of the beauty and wonder of the season. These pieces invoke the elegance of the first snow of winter, the silence of night, and the presence of peace and tranquility if we choose to look and see it.
The second set speaks of the wonder and traditions of Christmas. Beautiful and exciting arrangements of Hark! The Heralds Angels Sing and Angels from the Realm of Glory will feature 4-hand piano with North Central College student Emily Clark sitting in with her mentor, Kathy Christian. Silent Night and other familiar favorites like Morten Lauridsen’s haunting O Magnum Mysterium will inspire you to enjoy the season.
The third set culminates with a few fun secular pieces along with a rich carol medley arranged by Randol Alan Bass that drives home the tradition and wonders of the holidays. Songs include Wassail, He is Born, O Come O Come Emmanuel, The Holly and the Ivy, God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
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Our first installment features our beloved accompanist, Kathy Christian – enjoy!
Hinsdale Chorale is a non-profit and educational organization comprised of dedicated professional and amateur singers led by a professional director. The group performs formally twice each year as well as several special appearances for the Hinsdale community. The Holiday show has traditionally been the most extensive performance, often highlighted by orchestral accompaniment of solo and choral selections and often including an audience sing-along. The second formal show takes place in the spring and has provided the opportunity for us to extend the range of music selections. The group also supports the Memorial Day services at Memorial Hall with patriotic selections, and participates in Hinsdale’s annual Christmas Walk featuring holiday favorites.
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