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Northbrook Community Choir to Host Choral Festival Featuring Dr. John Leavitt

Location: Illinois, USA
Voicing: Mixed
Northbrook Community Choir to Host
Choral Festival Featuring Dr. John Leavitt
The Northbrook Community Choir, a program of the Northbrook Park District, will host a grand, unique and memorable event on Saturday, March 10, 2012. Local choirs and singers are invited to participate in an all-day Choral Festival and Concert with world-renowned composer and conductor Dr. John Leavitt.  The day will begin with rehearsals with Dr. Leavitt and culminate with an evening performance, conducted by Dr. Leavitt in the magnificent Regina Dominican High School Auditorium in Wilmette. Generous grants from the Northbrook Arts Commission and Illinois Arts Council will provide partial funding for the event.
John Leavitt is an award-winning composer, conductor and teacher, whose music has been performed in 30 countries. He serves on the faculty of MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas as Visiting Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities. He also serves as a guest conductor in major venues throughout the United States, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and Carnegie Hall in New York. Dr. Leavitt has received numerous awards for teaching excellence and contributions to music composition, as well as a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His compositions are represented in nearly every major music catalog in this country.
The tentative repertoire for the Choral Festival includes “Jubilee,” a collection of African-American spirituals; a group of Hebrew songs, including “Bashana Haba’ah” and “Hava Nashira;” Dr. Leavitt’s world-famous arrangement of “River in Judea;” and additional sacred and secular selections from his well-known compositions and arrangements. Also included will be the “Northbrook Psalms,” commissioned by the Northbrook Community Choir (formerly the Y’All Come Choir) for the Northbrook Centennial in 2001. During the concert, Dr. Leavitt will present those pieces to the Northbrook Historical Society for the Village archives.
Participating choirs will purchase the music. Individual singers who participate will rehearse weekly with the Northbrook Community Choir from January 9 until the performance and also will rehearse with Dr. Leavitt. Part CDs will be provided to choirs and individuals at no charge. 
The fee for the Choral Festival is $100 for registered choirs, regardless of the number of members, or $100 each for singers wishing to join on an individual basis. The deadline for registration is January 16.
CONTACTS: Dr. Gregory C. Dennhardt, Performing Arts Supervisor,, 847·291·2367
                      Lori Norton, Performing Arts Choral Liaison,, 847·291·2367
                      Sue Young, NCC Choral Director,, 847·519·7337