Events - Past

Rob Roy Country Club
Prospect Heights, Illinois
Sunday, 19 April 2015 - 4:30 PM
Classical Connoisseur presentation with members of the NSO.
Presenters: Kim Diehnelt; Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Mozart: Quartet for Oboe and Strings in F major, K 370 (368b)
Artists: Richard von Holst (Oboe); John Schindler (Violin); Kelsey Hanson (Viola); Jenna Nordschow (Cello)
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Diehnelt: Caprio for oboe and strings
Artists: Richard von Holst (Oboe); John Schindler (Violin); Kelsey Hanson (Viola); Jenna Nordschow (Cello)
Bach: Aria “Bekennen will ich seinen Namen”
Artists: Richard von Holst (Oboe); John Schindler (Violin); Kelsey Hanson (Viola); Jenna Nordschow (Cello)
Arranger: Kim Diehnelt
Eddington: Duo
Artists: Richard von Holst (Oboe); Jenna Nordschow (Cello)
Diehnelt: Pogolla
Artists: Richard von Holst (Oboe); Kelsey Hanson (Viola); Jenna Nordschow (Cello)
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Troy, New York
Sunday, 19 April 2015 - 3:30 PM
The Rensselaer Concert Choir in concert.
Presenter: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Bach: Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich, BWV 150
Ensemble: Rensselaer Concert Choir
Conductor: Dr. Nicholas DeMaison
Diehnelt: Si vis amari ama
Ensemble: Rensselaer Concert Choir
Conductor: Dr. Nicholas DeMaison
Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine, Op. 11
Ensemble: Rensselaer Concert Choir
Conductor: Dr. Nicholas DeMaison
Messiaen: O Sacrum Convivum
Ensemble: Rensselaer Concert Choir
Conductor: Dr. Nicholas DeMaison
Oliveros: Rock Piece
Ensemble: Rensselaer Concert Choir
Conductor: Dr. Nicholas DeMaison
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, 8 April 2015 - 6:00 PM
Violinist Ellen McSweeney, violist Aimee Biasiello, and cellist Sara Sitzer step up the energy as the Chicago Q Ensemble brings out the best of LIVE music. This dynamic string trio promises a high-energy performance of Mozart to modern day music. Catch these high-voltage strings LIVE!
Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Program to be announced from the stage
Forest View Educational Center
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Sunday, 22 March 2015 - 3:30 PM
Elgar’s Sea Pictures captures the words of five Victorian poets as they present dramatic inner dialogues. The work evokes the power and beauty of the sea, from coral reefs to stormy shipwrecks. Alongside the sea’s ever-changing character, we recognize our personal passages in life. The rich, dark voice of contralto Elizabeth Hale Knox guides our passage into this rarely-heard work.

The Serenade of Brahms is an artistic passage of sorts. This youthful work comes from a time when Brahms had yet to commit to the word “symphony”. In this six-movement piece, we hear the classic Brahms style, though still infused with an exploration of sounds, instrumentation, and harmonic developments. The work bursts with great themes for the woodwind and horn players in true Brahms fashion.
Presenter: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Elgar: Sea Pictures, Op. 37
Artist: Elizabeth Hale Knox (Mezzo Soprano)
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Brahms: Serenade no 1 in D major, Op. 11
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Second Presbyterian Church: Sanctuary
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 8 March 2015 - 2:00 PM
Members of the spirited Fifth House Ensemble return to 2nd Pres. to share their refreshing and direct performances of ultra-classical to ultra-modern.

Melissa Snoza - Flute
Jennifer Woodrum - Clarinet
Erice Heidbreder - Bassoon
Pablo Moreno - Oboe
Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Ibert: Cinq Pieces en Trio
Artists: Melissa Ngan Snoza (Flute); Pablo Moreno (Oboe); Jennifer Woodrum (Clarinet); Erice Heidbreder (Bassoon)
Ensemble: Fifth House Ensemble
Rengifo: Final
Ensemble: Fifth House Ensemble
Beethoven: Duo no 1 for Clarinet and Bassoon
Ensemble: Fifth House Ensemble
Muczynski: Fragments for Woodwind Trio
Ensemble: Fifth House Ensemble
Miller: hapPIness
Ensemble: Fifth House Ensemble
Visconti: Ramble and Groove
Ensemble: Fifth House Ensemble
Komschlies: Steam
Ensemble: Fifth House Ensemble
Greenwich House
New York City, New York
Saturday, 31 January 2015 - 8:00 PM
Presenter: Walden School
Diehnelt: Caprio for Soprano Sax and strings
Ensemble: Face The Music
Forest View Educational Center
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Sunday, 25 January 2015 - 3:30 PM
Through daydreams and fantasies we journey within scenarios of our own making and create futures both possible and improbable. Violinist Maria Storm is the perfect dream weaver to inspire us along a journey of winter meditations. Join us for Maria’s world-class performance of the rarely-heard “Winter Song” by Belgium composer Eugene Ysaÿe as she floats, sings, and soars, taking you along on a journey of beauty and imagination.

We premiere a work of joyful musings, Memories of a Birch Tree, by Ivan Božicevic. The work, selected through the NSO’s International Call for Scores, captures the birch tree’s memories as it experience the turning seasons and growth.

Winter Reveries (Symphony No. 1) of Tchaikovsky closes out this concert as he paints a youthful journey through winter daydreams, visits the land of gloom and mist, and concludes majestically.
Presenter: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Bozicevic: Memories of a Birch Tree
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Ysaÿe: Chant d'hiver, Op. 15
Artist: Maria Storm (Violin)
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Tchaikovsky: Symphony no 1 in G minor, Op. 13 "Winter Daydreams"
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 - 6:00 PM
Oboist Deb Stevenson performs with violinist Thomas Yang, violist Rose Armbrust Griffin, and cellist Steven Houser in this exquisite, lyrical combination of wind and strings. This distinguish ensemble offers a blend of colorful and vivid music, in a rare pleasure to hear Lyrical - LIVE!
Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Diehnelt: Caprio for oboe and strings
Ensemble: Metropolis Oboe Quartet
Program to be announced from the stage
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, 7 December 2014 - 3:30 PM
2nd Pres and the Sounds of the South Loop Players continue their tradition of offering a ‘Sing-Along Messiah’ with professional soloists and orchestral accompaniment. Come hear - and sing along with - our full-blooded version of the Messiah!
Presenter: Second Presbyterian Church, Chicago
Handel: Messiah, HWV 56
Ensemble: Sounds of the South Loop Players
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Forest View Educational Center
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Sunday, 23 November 2014 - 3:30 PM
Journeys provide insights into our lives and inner world. The composer Robert Schumann experienced a rich inner life as he dealt with numerous crises, artistic and otherwise. His 4th symphony offers a glimpse into his world of self-doubt, questioning, and consolation.

We pair this with the premiere of Dale Trumbore’s Harmony in Gold, chosen through the NSO’s International Call for Score. Dale creates a walk through flowing colors and rich textures inspired by vocal music.

Our guest artist Masahito Sugihara brings his saxophone virtuosities to Marcello’s well-known Oboe Concerto. This will be a stunning re-visit to a Baroque classic!
Presenter: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Schubert: Overture to Rosamunde
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Tyler Holstrom
Trumbore: Harmony in Gold
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Marcello: Concerto for Oboe
Artist: Masahito Sugihara (Saxophone)
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Schumann: Symphony no 4 in D minor, Op. 120
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 - 6:00 PM
The sensual and powerful harpist Catherine Yom Litaker is joined by cellist Diana Flores to offer the fluid poetry of this harp and cello ensemble. Combining the flow and poignancy of these two great instruments, this duo will entice your imagination!
Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Program TBA
Artists: Catherine Yom Litaker (Harp); Diana Flores (Cello)
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 - 6:00 PM
Award-winning Duo Sonidos brings the striking combination of guitar and violin to life as they infuse classical with exotic flavors. Classical guitarist Adam Levin and violinist William Knuth bring out the tang of funk, Spanish folk, bluegrass and more with the duo’s customary virtuosity and beauty.

Come hear these recent winners of the Luys Milan International Chamber Music Competition (Spain) as they shake up the palate with music of global fusion!
Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Program TBA
Artists: Adam Levin (Guitar); William Knuth (Violin)
Ensemble: Duo Sonidos
Forest View Educational Center
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Sunday, 5 October 2014 - 3:30 PM
The NSO joins with the distinguished singers of Main Street Opera to present Beethoven’s Fidelio in a lively stage version narrated by Aaron Hunt. Fidelio journeys from the darkest of prisons to the brilliancy of liberty in a tale of unjust punishment and corruption, and the strength of a loving companion to restore hope and freedom.
Presenters: Main Street Opera; Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72
Artists: Anne Slovin (Soprano); Aaron Wardell (Baritone); Katherine Bergman (Voice); Terry Bucher (Voice); Stan de Cwikiel (Voice); Dave Govertsen (Voice); Nick Wagner (Voice); Aaron Hunt (Narrator)
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 6:00 PM
The incomparable Fifth House Ensemble visits 2nd Pres to offer live, passionate music at its best!
Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Program TBA
Artists: Melissa Ngan Snoza (Flute); Merideth Hite (Oboe); Jennifer Woodrum (Clarinet); Eric Heidbreder (Bassoon); Valerie Whitney (Descant Horn)
Ensemble: Fifth House Ensemble
Forest View Educational Center
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Sunday, 18 May 2014 - 3:30 PM
As is tradition, the NSO showcases the winner of the Paul Vermel Young Artist Award. We are delighted to present violinist Chloe Lee as she joins us for her performance of the iconoclastic Barber’s Violin Concerto.

The delight continues as we feature soundtrack highlights from selected movies of John Williams. The child-like wonder of simple joy is captured in Bizet’s “Children's Games” and the NSO musicians will more than delight you with the world-renown tune Claire de Lune by Claude Debussy.

Jupiter "The Bringer of Jollity" from Gustav Holst’s The Planets remains a favorite and perfect expression of delight and exuberance – of universal proportions

We invite you to enjoy the sounds of perfect delight.
Presenter: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Sheldon: Resurgences
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Barber: Concerto for Violin, Op. 14
Artist: Chloe Lee (Violin)
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Williams: Movie Sound tracks
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Bizet: Jeux d'enfants, Op. 22
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Debussy: Claire de Lune
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Arranger: André Caplet
Holst: The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 - 6:00 PM
The Chicago Bassoon Quartet is an eclectic, inspirational, and dynamic group of musicians. Bassoonists Dianne Ryan, Lynette Pralle, and Elizabeth Heller join with Susan Nigro on the contrabassoon to bring to life this uniquely expressive instrument. Spanning a wide range of color and textures, these players bring a vocal quality and living pulse to this extraordinary family of instruments. Come hear the power of four!
Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Program TBA
Artists: Elizabeth Heller (Bassoon); Lynette Pralle (Bassoon); Dianne Ryan (Bassoon); Susan Nigro (Contrabassoon)
Second Presbyterian Church
Chicago, Illinois
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 6:00 PM
El Salvadorian tenor Oswaldo Iraheta - the dynamite ‘break away’ tenor of today’s international opera scene - and the celebrated Brazilian guitarist Paulinho Garcia pair up exclusively for this performance of traditional and not-so-traditional Spanish and Latin-American songs and solos.

Oswaldo’s electrifying voice is a ‘must hear’ and Paulinho’s Brazilian guitar is unmatched. Be prepared for your ears to burn as they bring on the rhythm and spice!


Presenter: Sounds of the South Loop
Program TBA
Artists: Oswaldo Iraheta (Tenor); Paulinho Garcia (Guitar)
Auburn Golf Course
Auburn, Washington
Saturday, 5 April 2014 - 7:00 PM
Classical Connoiseur: Pairing of Music and Wine
Come take a guided tour through samplings of fine wine and classical music in the comfortable setting of the Golf Course Banquet Room. Attendees will experience fine music performed by members of the Auburn Symphony Orchestra that is paired with tastes of specially selected fine wines. Lead by Kim Diehnelt, music director of the South Loop Symphony, the night will be an experience and education on wine and music. Extremely limited seating for this 21 and over event.
Presenters: Auburn Arts Commission; Auburn Symphony Orchestra
Program TBA
Artists: Dan Williams (Oboe); Rachael Pearson (Violin); Betty Agent (Viola); Brian Wharton (Cello)
Ensemble: Auburn Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Symphony Center: Orchestra Hall
Chicago, Illinois
Tuesday, 1 April 2014 - 7:30 PM
The NSO presents an "Encore Performance" with violist Michael Hall at Orchestra Hall, Chicago!
Presenters: Manhattan Concert Productions; Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Bruch: Romance for Viola and Orchestra, Op. 85
Artist: Michael Hall (Viola)
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Diehnelt: Montegar
Artist: Michael Hall (Viola)
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Forest View Educational Center
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Sunday, 23 March 2014 - 3:30 PM

Drama is the flux between tension and repose.

Franz Schubert of Vienna and Jan Voríšek of Bohemia are fellow contemporaries of Beethoven’s era.
Both use the familiar dramatic language of driving rhythms and graceful melodies, unexpected outbursts of pathos and bursts of joyful exuberance.

Between these two dramatic bookends guest artist Michael Hall performs two works featuring the viola player as soloist. Max Bruch’s lyrical Romance and the premiere of Diehnelt’s Montegar let our soloist explore both the operatic drama of a soloist, as well as the tender moments of repose and restraint.

Join the NSO musicians in this dynamic blend of classical-to-modern drama and expression.
Presenter: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Schubert: Symphony no 4 in C minor, D 417 "Tragic"
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Bruch: Romance for Viola and Orchestra, Op. 85
Artist: Michael Hall (Viola)
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Diehnelt: Montegar
Artist: Michael Hall (Viola)
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
Vorisek: Symphony in D major, Op. 24
Ensemble: Northwest Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kim Diehnelt
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