Free fall concert features chorale group, swing jazz

By Joelle McGinnis

The NIU Women’s Chorale and The Northern Lights swing jazz ensemble will illuminate Boutell Memorial Concert Hall with a fall concert Sunday at 7 p.m.

Admission to the concert is free.

The 44-member Women’s Chorale, performing under the direction of Ramona Quinn, is a group of non-music majors which meets once a week.

Quinn said the Women’s Chorale, which has tripled in size since it began three years ago, was recently one of two groups selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association’s yearly meeting.

The Women’s Chorale was chosen to perform during this year’s Oct. 24 event held at the University of Illinois after submitting a concert tape last year, Quinn said. After listening to all the submitted tapes, judges selected the groups from U of I and NIU as their entertainment choices, she said.

Quinn said The Northern Lights, also performing in the fall concert, is a swing jazz choir composed of women from the Women’s Chorale who auditioned for positions.

The members are women who are willing to commit the extra time for rehersals on a “more-or-less volunteer basis,” she said.

The Women’s Chorale has several classical selections planned for the concert. The performance will include Mozart’s “Haleluja,” Hammerschmidt’s “Glory to God in the Highest,” Franz Schubert’s “Sanctus,” and Dello Joio’s “A Jubilant Song.”

The Northern Lights plans to perform several selections, including “Dreamgirls,” “It Had to be You” and “Please Mister Postman.”

The concert will end with the Women’s Chorale singing and signing the words to Sandi Patti’s “Love in Any Language.”

A reception will follow in the Music Building Lobby. The public is invited to attend.