For over sixty years, the tradition of community choral and orchestral concerts has flourished in Cook County! Come hear your musically talented friends, family, and neighbors in the Borealis Chorale & Orchestra perform seasonal works by celebrated composers.
Borealis Chorale and Orchestra
Since Ora Wilcox’s Symphonium Music Club began in the 1950s, and was led by B.J. Muss from 1980 to 2010, many talented and devoted members of our community have sustained the fine tradition of choral music here on the North Shore. In 2010, accomplished composer and musician Bill Beckstrand became the group’s director, and its name changed to Borealis Chorale & Orchestra (BCO). Under Bill’s direction, the BCO has continued the treasured tradition of Christmas-season concerts, and in 2011 added an Easter-season concert as well.
In 2013, to expand opportunities for community participation in choral and orchestral music and to establish a firm foundation for its future, BCO became affiliated with the North Shore Music Association.
The importance and value of BCO in our community is clearly revealed in the more than 75 members of our community who contribute their talents as singers and musicians to these productions, devoting 8 weeks of rehearsal for each concert. Its value is also evident in the wide community of appreciators, who by the hundreds eagerly anticipate and attend the concerts each year.
7pm Dylan Fresco: The Holocaust and Me
Dylan Fresco's performance "The Holocaust and Me" is the story of how Dylan came to realize the impact of the Holocaust on his family and his own life, despite his being born decades after it happened. The performance includes music accompanied by guitar and sung in Ladino, a language based on medieval Spanish and Hebrew that is spoken by many Sephardic Jews. Dylan will facilitate a critical reflection period afterward.
About Dylan: Dylan Fresco is a musician and theater artist who works as a writer, performer, and educator with a diverse array of communities and arts partners. His work takes place in theaters, classrooms, community centers, and even on neighborhood sidewalks. A graduate of Carleton College and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Dylan has created solo performances that have been sold-out hits at Fringe Festivals across the country. He has written songs and helped create plays in the Twin Cities with Upstream Arts and Children’s Theatre Company, and he's worked in partnership with multiple organizations serving people with disabilities. He recently helped lead the creation of the original play “Birds Sing Differently Here," which premiered at the Guthrie Theater, in collaboration with a group of Iraqi-Americans and the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project. Dylan's work has received support from Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council, Springboard for the Arts, the Arts on Chicago Initiative, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the MN State Arts Board.
Tickets for the event are $10 adults, $5 youth, for sale in advance at www.tix.com (no fees, search "Arrowhead Center for the Arts") and at the door on the night of the show, starting at 6 pm.