Rebellions Are Built On Hope…


We continue our  62nd season on Sunday April 15, 2018 with Rebellions Are Built On Hope….

This program celebrates the strength and nobility of America, drawing connections between various periods and aspects of our country’s rich history. William Shuman, one of the most noteworthy American musical figures of the mid-twentieth century, is celebrated through three significant pieces. His Chester and When Jesus Wept set timeless melodies from the Revolutionary-era American songbook “The New England Psalm Singer”, composed by the first American choral composer William Billings.

Frank Ticheli’s Sanctuary was composed for conductor H. Robert Reynolds as a symbol of their enduring friendship. The solo horn is this work’s main musical messenger and acts as a tribute to Mr. Reynolds, who was a horn player in his earlier days. If you missed our exclusive interview with composer Frank Ticheli, you can read it here.

Charles Ives, one of the most important American composers of the 20th century, wrote Variations on “America” at the young age of 16.   This piece, originally written as a work for organ, renders the familiar patriotic melody in numerous settings, ranging from light-heartedly playful to powerfully bold.


Commando March, written the year after Samuel Barber was drafted in the Air Force, encapsulates the patriotic spirit of American soldiers during WWII. It premiered in February of 1943 by the Army Air Corps Band under the direction of the composer.

And, since no concert would be complete this season without a piece by lauded film composer John Williams, this reflection on America’s adventurous spirit concludes with an exhilarating piece from the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens.


Concert Information:

Rebellions Are Built On Hope…

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 3:00 pm

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, Illinois

Ticket Information:

Individual concert tickets are $20 each, seniors $15, students/children $10.
Tickets are available in advance or at the box office on the day of the concert.

The box office opens at 2:00 pm on the day of the concert.

Group ticket packages available.

For More Information:

Visit or call (847) 432-2263

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