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Our 68th Season: 2003-2004

The season's theme was A Season of Tradition and Discovery! and included a celebration of Donald Chen's 20th year as Music Director.

Concert 1:   Sunday December 7, 2003 3:00 p.m. • The Parish Church of St. Luke  939 Hinman Avenue,  Evanston, IL  

"A Holiday Tradition!  Seasonal Delights"

Donald Chen, Conductor

Benjamin Britten : Saint Nicolas
   featuring Mark Eldred, tenor, as Nicolas

Benjamin Britten : "Hodie" from  A Ceremony of Carols, and "A Boy was born"
William Mathias
: Salvator Mundi
Randall Thompson: "Alleluia"
Phillis Margaret Tate: "Carol, with Lullaby"

Plus arrangements of several Christmas favorites ("Once in royal David's city"; "O come, O Come, Emanuel"; and "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming") and a Christmas Carol Sing-along

Performed with orchestra

Link to Concert Program


Concert 2:   Sunday February 29, 2004 3:00 p.m. •  The Parish Church of St. Luke 939 Hinman Avenue,  Evanston, IL

"A Study in Contrasts"

Donald Chen, Conductor

Bernstein: Chichester Psalms


featuring:  Greta Ball, soprano; Joanne Wernette, mezzo-soprano; Garrett Johansen, tenor; Adrian Dunn, bass; Adam Benkendorf, boy soprano


Persichetti: Winter Cantata

featuring:  Susan Saylor, flute; George Blanchet, marimba

Rutter: Requiem

featuring: Jessica Usherwood, soprano

Acccompanied by Steven Houser, cello; Susan Saylor, flute; Deborah Stevenson, oboe; Sharon Peterson, organ; Marcia Labella, harp; George Blanchet and Michael Folker, percussion


Link to Concert Program

Concert 3:   Sunday May 23, 2004 3:00 p.m. • The Parish Church of St. Luke 939 Hinman Avenue,  Evanston, IL

"A Chicago Premiere and a Classic"

Kroeger: Pax Vobis

featuring Lauren Curnow, mezzo-soprano; and Steven Jepson, baritone

Mozart: Requiem

featuring Kathryn Kamp, soprano; Michelle Wrighte, mezzo-soprano; Patrick Miller, tenor; and Warren Kaplan, bass

presented with full orchestra

This concert was followed by a reception to honor Dr. Chen.

link to concert program (CPO insert) PDF