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 Cantus: One Giant Leap
Hailed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare), men’s vocal ensemble Cantus is known for its trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming, and riveting performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. The Washington Post has hailed the Cantus sound as having both “exalting finesse” and “expressive power” and refers to the “spontaneous grace” of its music making. The Philadelphia Inquirer called the group nothing short of “exquisite.”
In 2020, Cantus celebrates its 25th anniversary with One Giant Leap, a new program inspired by the celestial sky, the allure of upward exploration, the triumph of the human spirit, and the striving for excellence through innovation and technology. Structured around the moon landing and the groundwork that was laid to make this historic achievement possible, the poetic arc of the program includes works by Mohammed Fairouz, Franz Schubert, Kenneth Jennings, Byron Adams, David Bowie, Camille Saint-Saëns, Eriks Esenvalds, Z. Randall Stroope, and a piece originally commissioned for Cantus by Sarah Kirkland Snider.
Watch a video about One Giant Leap here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=89&v=Qeg62Uk59fg&feature=emb_logo