ANYTHING GOES: IRVING BERLIN & BROADWAY — MAY 18 & 19, 2019
This year is the 100th anniversary of Berlin’s birth and we will feature a medley of 18 (yes, 18!) of his songs. In addition to Berlin, stay tuned for works from other Broadway luminaries including Stephen Sondheim, Meredith Willson, Cole Porter, and even Elton John.
Dvořák and Pärt MASTERPIECES — MARCH 2 & 3, 2019
For the Classical concert, we offered two works by two different composers, the well-known Antonin Dvořák and the modern day Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. Both composers, like Vivaldi before them, have embedded portions of the Latin Mass in a new setting. Pärt’s Salve Regina is a beautiful and ethereal composition, contemplative and even mystical. After intermission, we will launch into Dvořák’s Mass in D Major. Better known for his symphonies, in particular the New World Symphony, Dvořák was also a prolific vocal composer, with a requiem, many cantatas and oratorios, and nine operas to his credit.
GLORIA! — DECEMBER 1 & 2, 2018
In this popular composition, Vivaldi provides a musical setting for the ancient “Gloria in excelsis Deo” hymn from the Latin Mass. It is a soaring masterpiece. We also featured a variety of Christmas standards and carols, including “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Away in the Manger”, sung as only the Tower Chorale can sing them.
A SPLASH OF MUSIC: FROM BERNSTEIN TO BILLY JOEL — MAY 19 & 20, 2018
All of the songs included in our third concert series this season have water as a common theme. Two spirituals, “Deep River” and “Wade in the Water”, featured guest soloist Beverly Stewart-Anderson. “Song of the Sea” was arranged by our director, Patrick Godon. We closed the concerts with a medley of Disney favorites followed by a trip to "Africa".
CARMINA BURANA — MARCH 3 & 4, 2018
In 1934, German composer Carl Orff set 24 poems found in a Benedictine monastery in 1803 to music. We performed this classic piece in Emmanuel Episcopal Church in La Grange and Concordia University in River Forest and brought chills to those in attendance.
ON WITH THE SNOW! — DECEMBER 2 & 3, 2017
The first half of the program featured John Rutter’s Magnificat, the choral setting for the Song of Mary from the Gospel of Luke. Our intermission on Saturday night featured the Sophomore Madrigals from Lyons Township High School. The second half of the program featured a wealth of Christmas favorites. In addition to the Christmas carols, which include a medley arranged by our very own Jim Winfield, we also sang a number of other seasonal songs including “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Let It Snow”.
DREAM A LITTLE DREAM — MAY 19 & 21, 2017
Dream a Little Dream is quite the eclectic collection of music, ranging from the plain heart-felt songs of Mother Maybelle Carter (“In the Highways”) to the wistful “Moon River” and “Over the Rainbow” to sad show tunes such as “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Think of Me” to the upbeat “I Got Rhythm.”
ANNELIES: THE VOICE OF ANNE FRANK — MARCH 5 & 12, 2017
Annelies offers the listener actual selections from The Diary of Anne Frank, set to music in 2005 by British composer James Whitbourn. Not only is this piece challenging from a technical sense, it is also an emotionally challenging piece to perform. Listening to the words of this optimistic young teenager can be overwhelming at times but manage to completely captivate the audience. The Tower Chorale is extremely proud to perform this wonderful composition.
DREAMING OF CHRISTMAS — DECEMBER 2, 3 & 4, 2016
In addition to well-known English carols, we are presenting several French carols, including the 17th century “What Is This Lovely Fragrance?” as well as songs celebrating the jolly side of Christmas, such as “Up on the Housetop” and “White Christmas.” We will be accompanied by Dennis Zimmer on the piano and organ along with six other instrumentalists to make this a memorable experience for all.
Isn’t It Romantic? — May 20 & 22, 2016
To complete the celebration of our 30th anniversary season, this fun program will include famous songs from the 1930’s by Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Arlen, Richard Rodgers & MORE. This will be an elegant program of familiar music for all!
Mendelssohn’s St. Paul — March 6 & 13, 2016
Not only is Felix Mendelssohn's esteemed St. Paul oratorio a coming-of-age work, it is also a masterpiece that secured Mendelssohn's place in the front line of German composers. Mendelssohn based the work on the Acts of the Apostles and the conversion of Saul of Tarsus to Paul, the Christian missionary. The work is a moving musical symbol of spiritual transformation. Also, I’m happy to report that we will again be singing in my home parish of St. Gregory’s!
’Tis Love That’s Born — December 4, 6 & 13, 2015
This program features music about children, not children’s music, but as you can imagine there is a wealth of music out there about children around the holiday season. We’ll sing some rich “Anniversary Carols,” for our 30th; “The Nativity,” a Christmas cantata; a set of “little” songs and more! We will be accompanied by a brass quartet, and Dennis Zimmer on both organ and piano, at a splendid new venue for the TC, Emmanuel Episcopal Church. This venue is smaller than our past venues, so we’ll offer three performances of this memorable concert.
Folkfest — May 15 & 16, 2015
This festival of folk music was performed at LaGrange Park’s Nazareth Academy auditorium. This music provided fun and good musical memories spanning a century of Americana – Stephan Foster to Woodie Guthrie.
Faure Masterworks — March 1 & 8, 2015
This concert of Faure's masterworks was staged in both LaGrange’s St. Cletus Church and Chicago’s St. Gregory the Great Church. Both venues provided great acoustics and pleased audiences.
Feliz Navidad: A Concert of Holiday Warmth — December 5 & 7, 2014
The opening concert of the new season was performed in Westmont's Holy Tinitiy Church, a new venue for the Tower Chorale. It proved to be an excellent house for both audience and performers. English and Spanish carols pleased both new audience and our loyal followers. The Hispanic flavor of the concert “tuned up” those of the singers who planned to go on the concert tour to Spain later in the spring. They were part of a larger group from Chicago.
Here Comes the Sun: Music of the Beatles — May 3 & 4, 2014
On the 50th anniversary of the amazing young Englishmen entering the US music scene the Tower Chorale paid a fitting tribute to them. Performing 20 of the songs which topped the charts for years, the Tower voices were enthusiastically met by the large audiences.
Brahms Requiem: A German requiem for All — March 2 & 9, 2014
This classical concert was performed by the Tower Chorale in both Westchester and Chicago churches. The Ein Deutsches Requiem is one of the key works in the history of the oratorio form. Brahms assembled important passages from both the Old and New Testaments with thoughts of sorrow and consolation relating to each other. For the first time in the history of the Tower Chorale the music was sung in German, its original tongue. Our director’s home parish, St. Gregory the Great, opened its doors to us bringing our music to Chicago. Audiences of both venues responded with rave applause.
Spirit of the Season — December 14 & 15, 2013
The 28th season, our third under Maestro Godon, began with “Spirit of the Season." The program highlighted the spirit of Christmas through Spirituals! It was in thanks to Abraham Lincoln who 150 years earlier issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Sacred and secular Christmas songs were done in a variety of spirited arrangements. The St. Cletus Youth Choir, third through eighth grades, performed admirably, adding a wider spectrum to the concert. Despite snow and cold, a record turnout for the weekend was gratifying, as were the rave reviews for the performance quality.
Songs My Mother Taught Me — May 11 & 12, 2013
This Mother’s Day weekend concert was well-received. The program honored the role of mothers. Diverse pieces were sung, from lullabies to music from Hollywood.
Mozart the Great — March 3, 2013
A challenging work was done in champion style. The chorale and orchestra were in top form, and four highly-regarded professional soloists gave spectacular renditions. The mass was a first time performance for the chorale. The energy and hard work by Maestro Patrick Godon and the ensemble were rewarded by several standing ovations.
Time for Joy — November 30 & December 1, 2012
This holiday concert series set the mood for the season. A wide variety of selections sated the musical appetites of the audiences, singers, and wannabe singers. Light-hearted pieces brought laughter from the audience. The school age guest singers were a hit. They made high marks for their selections and blended well with the adult singers in the combined singing.
Night of Gershwin — May 5 & 6, 2012
We performed two sold out performances of exclusively Gershwin music. In the words of Ira, George Gershwin’s brother, “Who could ask for anything more?” This sampling of the musical works of the composer/lyricist sibling pair pleased all in attendance, as the many moods and tempos of the concert brought variety to the audience. Lindsay Whisler, the winner of this year’s high school level vocal contest was featured as a soloist, and performed marvelously.
The Creation — March 4 & 11, 2012
WOW! That was the exclamation heard many times at the conclusion of both renditions of Haydn’s masterwork. Kudos went to the chorus, soloists, instrumentalists, and especially Maestro Godon who made it all come together for peak performances. The audience gave standing ovations, even at intermission. The Tower Chorale loved being invited to perform at St. Mary of the Angels Church, whose beautiful dome interior reminds one of great cathedrals of Europe.
Do You Hear What I Hear? Holiday Classics — December 3 & 4, 2011
Maestro Patrick Godon is passing on applause to the chorus, soloists, and intrumentalists.
80 Voices were accompanied by a brass quartet, piano, organ, and a special appearance by the youthful Highlands Show Choir. The rousing presentation in a large, acoustically fine church was enthusiastically received by a record-setting attendance. Some unusual arrangements of popular holiday pieces brought kudos and positive accolades from many regular and new attendees. Mr. Patrick Godon, conducting his first Tower Chorale concert, was very well-received.