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Northwest Festival Orchestra opens 2018 season with 'A Mostly Schumann Affair'

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  • The Northwest Festival Orchestra opens its 2018 season Friday, Jan. 12, with "A Mostly Schumann Affair" at Harper College's Performing Arts Center in Palatine. Piano soloist Yuri Tanaka will join the ensemble.

    The Northwest Festival Orchestra opens its 2018 season Friday, Jan. 12, with "A Mostly Schumann Affair" at Harper College's Performing Arts Center in Palatine. Piano soloist Yuri Tanaka will join the ensemble.
    Courtesy of the Northwest Festival Orchestra

  • Verne Schwager will conduct the Northwest Festival Orchestra when it opens its 2018 season Friday with "A Mostly Schumann Affair" at Harper College's Performing Arts Center in Palatine.

    Verne Schwager will conduct the Northwest Festival Orchestra when it opens its 2018 season Friday with "A Mostly Schumann Affair" at Harper College's Performing Arts Center in Palatine.
    Photo by Konrad Kubit

 
Daily Herald report

The Northwest Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Verne Schwager, will present its opening concert of the 2018 season, "A Mostly Schumann Affair," on Friday, Jan. 12.

The orchestra will be joined by piano soloist Yuri Tanaka during the performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.

The highly respected ensemble will perform the Schumann Symphony No. 3 in E flat Major, the "Rhenish"; the Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor; and Beethoven's "Consecration of the House" Overture.

And as always, the concert will include a few surprises.

The Northwest Festival Orchestra comprises Chicago's finest younger professional musicians who share a common passion for creating and sharing music at the highest level. The ensemble's programs are devoted to both classical and contemporary repertoire spanning the orchestral spectrum and also frequently include opera/operetta excerpts, as well as music from the American Musical Theater.

The orchestra's style and musical integrity are chiefly characterized by a string section known for its warmth and virtuosity, crafted under the masterful leadership of a seasoned conductor.

For information, email festorch@aol.com or call (847) 392-9003.

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