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Borealis Chorale and Orchestra

For over sixty years, the tradition of community choral and orchestral concerts has flourished in Cook County! Come hear your musically talented friends, family, and neighbors in the Borealis Chorale & Orchestra perform seasonal works by celebrated composers.

Since Ora Wilcox’s Symphonium Music Club began in the 1950s, and was led by B.J. Muss from 1980 to 2010, many talented and devoted members of our community have sustained the fine tradition of choral music here on the North Shore. In 2010, accomplished composer and musician Bill Beckstrand became the group’s director, and its name changed to Borealis Chorale & Orchestra (BCO). Under Bill’s direction, the BCO has continued the treasured tradition of Christmas-season concerts, and in 2011 added an Easter-season concert as well.

In 2013, to expand opportunities for community participation in choral and orchestral music and to establish a firm foundation for its future, BCO became affiliated with the North Shore Music Association.

The importance and value of BCO in our community is clearly revealed in the more than 75 members of our community who contribute their talents as singers and musicians to these productions, devoting 8 weeks of rehearsal for each concert. Its value is also evident in the wide community of appreciators, who by the hundreds eagerly anticipate and attend the concerts each year.
 
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7pm Winter Gathering & Dance feat. the SplinterTones
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Winter Gathering & Dance feat. the SplinterTones
Winter Gathering & Dance feat. the SplinterTones
01/19/2019: 7 PM - 10 PM@ Hovland Town Hall
With support from the Opp-Hvidston Foundation, NSMA hosts a winter gathering and dance featuring the tremendously talented, high-octane band the SplinterTones.

Everyone is invited to Hovland Town Hall (4957 East Hwy. 61) to listen to great music, dance, and socialize with friends and neighbors. Come enjoy the light and warmth of community celebration at this dark, cold time of year when we all need it most! There's no admission fee. Donations will be gratefully accepted.
 
The SplinterTones are a six-piece band who play a zesty mix of tunes in an arrestingly original style. With their rousing rhythmic grooves, vibrant harmonies, and colorful stage presence, the SplinterTones crowd the room and the dance floor with delighted people of all ages. The SplinterTones are: Leah Thomas, accordion and vocals; Rick Brandenburg, drums; Jeff DeShaw, bass and vocals; Max Bichel, violin and vocals; Liz Sivertson, saxophone, clarinet, and vocals; and John Gruber, guitar and vocals.
 
The Opp-Hvidston Foundation is a small, private family foundation created in 2015 by Patricia Hvidston and Roger Opp. Long-time supporters of the arts, education, housing, and women’s development, Patricia and Roger created the Opp-Hvidston Foundation to help support the community spirit of East Cook County. 
 
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