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North Suburban Symphony Presents 25th Anniversary Celebration

November 11, 2013 by Leave a Comment

Rock group members:  Front Row:  Matt Berger, Guitar; Matt Erickson, Vocals; Aaron Rhoden, Keyboard. Back Row:  Michael Huhard, Drums; Art Bielski, Guitar.  Not pictured, Egon Doppenberg, Bass

Rock group members: Front Row: Matt Berger, Guitar; Matt Erickson, Vocals; Aaron Rhoden, Keyboard. Back Row: Michael Huhard, Drums; Art Bielski, Guitar. Not pictured, Egon Doppenberg, Bass

Sponsored Post: The North Suburban Symphony, based in Lake Forest at Gorton Community Center, invites the community to attend and participate in a celebration of its 25th Anniversary Season on Sunday, November 17th, at 4:00 p.m.

This is Ron Arden’s 7th season as music director and conductor of this fine community orchestra. Musicians travel from as far away as Chicago, McHenry, Morton Grove, and Wisconsin to be part of the orchestra. Two of the symphony’s youngest players are students at Lake Forest High School, Hannah Hart, principal bassist, and Niko Kyriacou, 3rd trombonist. All total, there are four student musicians who perform with the North Suburban Symphony despite their demanding school schedules.

The theme of the North Suburban Symphony 25th Anniversary Season — “Historic Past – Dynamic Future!” — was brought home, in part, at its initial concert of its 2013-2014 Concert Season on October 6th, when the NSS performed the program from its first concert in October of 1988. As firm believers in the positive role of community orchestras, it was a group of former members of the LFS who founded the North Suburban Symphony after the LFS elected to go professional. Several of its founding members are still dedicated and enthusiastic musicians of the North Suburban Symphony.

Expect to be blown away on Nov. 17th with what will be the NSS’s official celebration of its twenty-fifth anniversary year. The title of the concert, “Symphonic Explosion,” is but a hint of what will occur, but it is the substance of the event that will convince both young and age that here is a concert you can’t afford to miss.

A group of seven rock musicians, including two guitarists, a keyboardist, a percussionist, a bassist and a vocalist, will be on stage to perform with the full NSS to provide an afternoon of rock classics from the 80′s. Featured will be rock tunes by the Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Chicago, Moody Blues, and much more. Among the selections chosen for your enjoyment are “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “California Dreaming,” “Stairway to Heaven,” “Horse with no Name,” and “Long Train Running.”

The husband of the NSS’s principal bassoonist, LoriLee Bieski, plays guitar with the group, Art Bieski. The drummer, Michael Hubbard, is the vice president for a Fortune 500 technology company. Egon Doppenberg, bass, is a neurosurgeon by day. Matt Berger is a composer as weill as a Chicago guitarist. Each musician brings to the group his own unique background outside their passion for performing classic rock together.

There is no doubt that your musical appetite will be satisfied, but there is still more to enjoy on November 17th. To satisfy your basic appetite, tasting stations will be set up that are sure to please the gourmet in us all. Participating will be The Grille on Laurel, Authentico, Francesca’s Intimo, Grille No. 43, Market House, and Bent Fork. For those of you who enjoy having “bubbly” with your food, libations will be available.

A live auction will be held during the concert. When you’re not enjoying the music or the food, a silent action will offer items to bid on for your future enjoyment.

Perhaps the most exciting event of the concert for members of the North Suburban Symphony will be the unveiling of our new name, as the new name is unknown to most members. One lucky concert attendee’s ticket will be drawn and the holder will get to unveil our new name.

Due to the popularity of this concert, we encourage you to purchase tickets in advance for what really will amount to a “Symphonic Explosion.” If you wait, we cannot guarantee day-of ticket availability. Tickets are $35.00 each, but the price does grant you access to all of the afternoon’s festivities. Order tickets at our webssite: WWW.NORTHSUBSYMPHONY.ORG or call (847) 295-1035.

We hope to see you on Sunday, November 17th at Gorton Center in Lake Forest, and likewise at our two remaining concerts of our 25th Anniversary Season: “Community Inspiration” on March 16, 2014, when we will partner with orchestra students at Lake Forest High School, and on May 4, 2014 in a concert titled, “Imagining the Next 25 Years.”

Not to be missed is an extra concert, the first after the unveiling of our new name, a Holiday Concert that will be held at Gorton Center in partnership with Gorton Center and what is still known as the North Suburban Symphony on Sunday, December 22nd at 4:00 p.m.

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Submitted by Nancy J. Thorner, cellist for the North Suburban Symphony

Submitted  by the North Suburban Symphony by Nancy Thorner:

Nick Arden

Nikolas Arden

The North Suburban Symphony, a community orchestra based in Lake Forest and sponsored by the Lake Bluff Park District, will hold its final concert of the 2012 – 2013 concert season, ITALIAN PASSION, on Sunday, May 5th at 4 p.m. at Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL, its 6th season with Ron Arden as Music Director.

What better way to celebrate the upcoming summer season as thoughts of travel enter your mind, either real or imagined, than to hear music by Italian composers.

Featured first on the program will be Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Four Violins.” Nicknamed “The Red Priest” because of his red hair and his priesthood in the Catholic Church, Vivaldi ranks among the most popular and widely recorded of Baroque composers. First Prize Concerto Competition Winner, Aidan Perreault, a freshman at Niles North High School, will assume a leading role as a violinist in the Vivaldi selection.

Skipping 200 years in times, we recognize Italian composer Ottorino Respighi who was born July 9, 1869. It was his Respighi’s musicological interest that led him to compose music based on the music of the 16th, 17th, and 18th century. To be performed, “Ancient Airs and Dances Suite 1,” has four delightful movements based on Renaissance lute pieces by the father of Galilei and other anonymous composers.

Since Italy and opera seem to go together, no program would be complete without including familiar operatic selection. For this purpose four very talented vocalists were enlisted for your listening delight. Andrea Hanchey Pokrefke, soprano, is a native to Richmond, Virginia; Carol Carpenter, mezzo soprano, hails from Ann Arbor; lyric tenor Cole Seaton is an Idaho native; and Nikolas Arden, baritone, is the son of music director Ron Arden and concertmaster, Cynthia Arden who currently resides in Chicago.

Opera arias featuring a trio of noted operatic composers will be performed, Verdi, Rossini, Mozart. At first glance Mozart might seem like the “black sheep” as he lacks Italian heritage as do both Verdi and Rossini. It was, however, between 1769 and 1773 that the young Mozart and his father Leopold Mozart made three journeys to Italy.

All four soloists will join voices to sing, accompanied by the North Suburban Symphony, Rossini’s “Offertorio”; “Bella figlia” by Verdi; and the famous No. 12 Quartett from “Rigoletto.” The fourth operatic selection, Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutte,” will feature mezzo soprano Carol Carpenter and baritone Nikolas Arden

A Complimentary Wine and Cheese Reception will immediately follow the concert in recognition and in celebration of the NSS’s upcoming 2013 – 2014 25th Anniversary Concert Season. Stay tuned for some exciting happening!

Tickets: Adults $18; Seniors/Students $10; Children under 12, Free with adult ticket purchase. Tickets available at the door. Call for information: (847) 234-4150. Website: