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Joint musical program to mark Northbrook’s 9/11 anniversary

Updated: November 9, 2011 11:04AM

The Northbrook Symphony Orchestra and The New Traditions Chorus are coming together this weekend in a program to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

The Sept. 11 concert “From Sea to Shining Sea - Remembering Our Heroes, Celebrating Our Spirit...10 Years Later,” is the first joint performance of the two organizations.

The program of patriotic, uplifting music, will be a special event, said Nestor Dyhdalo, NSO general manger.

“It’s exciting to have these two groups together,” he said. “We’re all excited.”

The concert came together after Lawrence Rapchak, NSO musical director, realized the 10th anniversary of the attack was approaching. He contacted the 65-member New Traditions Chorus.

The event is slated for 4 p.m., Sept 11 at the Sheely Center for the Performing Arts at on the campus of Glenbrook North High School, 2300 Shermer Road. It will include both separate performances by each group and a collaboration on several songs including two being arranged just for the event.

Rapchak said that while the event will mark the 10th anniversary of the largest terrorist attack on American soil, they want the event to be something, uplifting, celebrating what is good about America.

“We want it to be a positive celebration of the American spirit and not a downer,” Rapchak said. “We all know what happened. We’re not going to harp on it. It will be a tribute to the spirit that pulled us through.”

Among the selections chosen for the concert are Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” and “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” and the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by William Steffe.

The performance will also include new arrangements of two traditional American songs written by Rapchak.

They include special arrangements for chorus and orchestra of “The Vacant Chair,” a Civil War song written by George Root and a new arrangement of “My Grandfather’s Clock,” written by Henry S. Work in the 1870s..

A key to pulling off the concert, Dyhdalo said, was to find sponsors willing to shoulder much of the cost.

Allstate Insurance signed on as a key sponsor along with several other local sponsors.

“Back in May we said it’s a go and we never looked back,” Dyhdalo said.

He said ticket sales also are going well.

With a total of 1,500 seats, the concert was already about two-thirds sold out last week.

“We started at zero. We’re really pleased at the way ticket sales have gone,” Dyhdalo said.

“On this important date there is no better way to honor our heroes and celebrate freedom than with the wonderful gift of uplifting and inspirational American music,” said Al Landry, president of New Traditions Chorus.

“This collaboration between the Northbrook Symphony and The New Traditions Chorus is long overdue,” Rapchak said.

Following are some of the works that will be included in the concert:

Northbrook Symphony: Aaron Copeland - Fanfare for the Common Man, Ferde Grofe – Sunrise from Grand Canyon Suite, Alfred Reed - A Festive Prelude and George Chadwick - Jubilee.

Northbrook Symphony and Chorus together: William Steffe – Battle Hymn of the Republic, words by Julia Ward Howe; Henry S. Work – My Grandfather’s Clock; George Root – The Vacant Chair; and Irving Berlin – Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor.

Chorus A Capella: Woody Guthrie - This Land is Your Land, arrangement by Jay Giallombardo; George M. Cohan - Patriotic Medley, arrangement by Jay Giallombardo; and You Raise Me Up/Wind Beneath My Wings, arrangement by Jay Giallombardo.

For information on tickets call (847) 272-0755 or visit the NSO web site at: Tickets can also be purchased online.

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