Northshore Concert Band: Festive Beginning

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Northshore Concert Band: Festive Beginning

An exuberant program highlighting the music of Shostakovich, Higdon, Hanson, and more marks the Band's new partnership with Loyola Academy.

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Leemputte Family Theater Loyola Academy Center for the Performing Arts 1100 Laramie Avenue Wilmette, IL 60091

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Celebrating our new partnership with Loyola Academy, Festive Beginning marks the Band’s subscription debut at the Leemputte Family Theater. Dmitri Shostakovich’s rousing Festive Overture raises the curtain with a grandiose ceremonial fanfare followed by sweeping, effervescent melodic lines. In his Slavyanskaya Symphony — a work not heard in the United States until the fall of the Iron Curtain — Boris Kozhevnikov quotes folk melodies from his hometown, the ancient city of Novgorod, with pensive lyricism and radiant vitality. The second half of the program is packed with American favorites, beginning with Morton Gould’s spirited American Salute, based on the Civil War-era song “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” Mysterium by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon provides momentary repose, evoking the mystery of how music moves us with combinations of melody and rhythm reflecting spoken language. The jubilant and cinematic final movement of Howard Hanson’s Romantic Symphony brings the program to a dazzling finish with flourishing woodwinds and valiant brass.


Dmitri Shostakovich Festive Overture

Pavel Tchesnokov Salvation is Created

Boris Kozhevnikov Symphony No. 3 (Slavyanskaya)

Morton Gould American Salute

Jennifer Higdon Mysterium

Howard Hanson Finale from Symphony No. 2 (Romantic)

Karl King Barnum and Bailey's Favorite

About Northshore Concert Band

Northshore Concert Band (NCB) is a 100-member symphonic band active in the Chicago metropolitan area. Founded in 1956, the Band is internationally known and respected for its musical excellence, leadership in community music, and commitment to music education. NCB presents 10-12 concerts per season, including a four-concert subscription series housed at Northwestern University's Pick-Staiger Concert Hall and Loyola Academy's Leemputte Family Theater. The Band's musical leadership is provided by Dr. Mallory Thompson, Artistic Director, and Daniel J. Farris, Assistant Conductor. Learn more at

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