Academic Music Department
Moraine Chorale and Chamber Singers
May 7, 2022
Nicholas Thomas, Director
Beverly Holt, Accompanist
Kyona Ohshika, Accompanist
Jeanne Vaughn, Narrator
Dorothy Menker Theater
On behalf of all our performers this evening, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the beautiful Dorothy Menker Theater for our 24th annual Broadway, Motion Picture, Pop Spectacular! I know you have many entertainment choices to choose from, and I am glad that you chose Moraine this evening. You made the RIGHT choice!
It is such a wonderful feeling to have a live audience here once again in our beautiful Dorothy Menker Theater! We have missed seeing you in person the last two years, but I know many of you have watched our concerts on the livestreams and our academic music concerts in person or online, as well.
Our show has a wonderful variety of music from some of Broadway’s greatest hits, to music from popular movies and songs from some of the current artist on the radio and TV. We have something for everyone.
Tonight we also are honoring the legacy of Egon Menker. Egon and his wife, Dorothy, have been very supportive of Moraine Valley Community College, serving on the Moraine Valley Community College Foundation board for many years. We are all sitting and performing here in the Dorothy Menker Theater because of the generosity of Egon Menker. Egon attended many of the Chorale concerts, especially the Broadway concert each year, and supported the Chorale’s Build the Choral Library program with many generous donations.
I want to personally say “thank you” to Egon and Dorothy for their friendship and support of my work here at the college for the past 24 years. God bless you, Egon.
I also would like to thank each of you for attending this evening. YOU’RE SPECTACULAR! Our audience continues to be very supportive, and all the performers appreciate it. Thank you!
Once again, I would like to thank the people who have contributed to our “Build the Choral Library” Fund. If you would like to join this group of patrons, more information is listed in this program.
Our next concert is our annual Summer Patriotic Concert, which features our summer Chorale and Instrumental Ensemble presenting the best in patriotic music. Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dorothy Menker Theater. Come enjoy an evening of rousing, uplifting patriotic spirit in song! I would suggest getting your tickets early, as this concert continues to be very popular, and tickets sell fast. Contact the Box Office at (708) 974-5500 or purchase them online at morainevalley.edu/fpac.
Now it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy our celebration of the best of Broadway, Motion Picture, and Pop Spectacular!
Music Director, Department Chair, Fine Arts and Humanities
P.S. I’d like to hear from you! Let me know what you thought of tonight’s concert by sending me an email. My email here at the college is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome: Jeanne Vaughn
The Star Spangled Banner Words by Francis Scott Key, Music by John Stafford Smith, Arr. by Mark Hayes
Lullaby of Broadway Words Al Dubin Music by Harry Warren, Arr. by Jay Althouse
Hallelujah* Words and Music by Leonard Cohen, Arr. by Roger Emerson
Chorale and Chamber Singers
Happy Face Melody* Music by Charles Strouse, Arr. By Mark Hayes
Too Darn Hot* Words and Music by Cole Porter, Arr. By Mark Hayes
Bridge Over Troubled Water Words and Music by Paul Simon, Arr. By Mark Hayes
The Impossible Dream Words by Joe Darion, Music by Mitch Leigh, Arr. by Mark Hayes
And All That Jazz Words by Fred Ebb, Music by John Kander, Arr. by Kirby Shaw
Need You Now Words and Music by David Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Arr. by Greg Gilpin
Imagine Words and Music by John Lennon, Arr. by Mac Huff
Somewhere Out There Words and Music by James Horner, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Arr. by Teena Chinn
Shallow* Words and Music by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt, Arr. by Alan Billingsley
I’m a Believer Words and Music by Neil Diamond Arr. by Mark Brymer
Remarks Dr. Sylvia M. Jenkins, President of Moraine Valley Community College
Medley from “Phantom of the Opera” Arr. by Ed Lojeski
The Phantom of the Opera
Think of Me
Angel of Music
All I Ask of You
Wishing You were Somehow Here Again
The Point of No Return
Chorale and Chamber Singers
*denotes music purchased with “Build the Choral Library” Fund.
Nicholas Thomas, Music Director
Beverly Holt, Accompanist
Kiyona Ohshika, Accompanist
Jeanne Vaughn, Narrator
Joan Marie Dauber
Nancy Du Charme
Anna Mae Dunbar
Len E. Fisher
Mary K. Hamann
An Soon Hubbard
Leila Bowie McClenahan
Moraine Chamber Singers
Beverly Holt, piano
Thomas Bajek, violin
Christine Fliginger, violin
Vicki Szczepaniak, violin
Shawn Davis, percussion
Jeff Ashcraft, cello
Tammi Carlson, flute
Kathy Brtko, oboe
Carlo Isabelli, trumpet
Donald Stinson, trumpet
Kiyona Ohshinka, keyboard
If you would like to sing with the Chorale for the Patriotic Concert, please speak with Nicholas Thomas after the program this evening. Rehearsals begin June 13 at 7 p.m. in the Dorothy Menker Theater. Registration is $25 payable June 13. For more information, call Mr. Thomas at (708) 974-5755 or email him at email@example.com.
The Moraine Valley Foundation would like to express its gratitude for the generosity shown by Egon and Dorothy Menker over the years. In honor of their support of the arts at Moraine Valley, the Foundation has created the Egon J. Menker Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will award a scholarship to a Moraine Valley student in the fine or performing arts each year into perpetuity.
Nicholas Thomas is continuing in his 24th year at Moraine Valley Community College. In addition to directing the Moraine Chorale and Chamber Singers, Thomas teaches Class Piano 1 and 2, private piano lessons and keyboard skills I-IV as part of the music theory sequence. He has taught private voice lessons and Basic Musicianship in the past. He is chair of the Fine Arts and Humanities Department, which includes music, art, digital art, humanities, philosophy and theater, and has more than 75 faculty members.
In 2010, he was selected Professor of the Year by the faculty and administrators. In 2004, he was chosen Master Teacher by the Faculty Development Committee. In 2007, he was selected as the St. Genesius Award recipient by Lewis University in Romeoville. This award is given annually by the university to someone who has played an important role in promoting the Arts in the community and school. He is chair of the Academic Senate, serves on numerous faculty and administrative search committees, and was a member of the Vanguard Team. He has taken his chorus to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York and to the Vatican in Rome singing before Pope John Paul II.
For the past seven years, Thomas has been the Master of Ceremonies at the annual Memorial Day observance at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, which has attendance between 3,000 and 5,000 people. In addition, he has been vocalist at the ceremony for over 10 years, singing before President Barack Obama, Governor Bruce Rauner and Senator Dick Durbin.
Thomas has led choirs on concert tours throughout Italy, Austria, Germany and Switzerland. He was music director/organist at the Cathedral of St. Raymond/Diocese of Joliet for over a quarter-century. Having retired from the Cathedral, he now is the director of music and organist at St. Isaac Joques Church in Hinsdale, which also is in the Diocese of Joliet.
Thomas has performed at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet and directed numerous choirs on the Rialto stage, including the Sing-along Messiah with chorus, vocalists and orchestra, as well as A Very Rialto Christmas: Making Merry Music concert with the Moraine Valley Chorale. He was a judge for the series of Rialto Idol competitions in 2010-15. Thomas has performed throughout the area as a vocal soloist and organist.
Mr. Thomas would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the following people who have made a donation to the “Build the Choral Library Program” for the Moraine Chorale and Chamber Singers. For most of our concerts, the chorale usually sings 14-15 songs, so any donations we receive, help to cover the music costs for one of our five annual concerts! On behalf of all our performers this evening, we want to say a big THANK YOU for your support.
Moraine Chorale 2022-23 Season
The Moraine Chorale is an ensemble made up of singers from all walks of life and come from many of the surrounding cities in our school district and beyond, including some from Indiana! The Chorale performs five themed concerts each year. Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. on the following dates and take place in our beautiful Dorothy Menker Theater.
The Great American Songbook – Oct. 1, 2022
Merry Christmas Music – Dec. 3, 2022
An Evening of Irish Music – Feb 25, 2023
Broadway, Pop, Motion Picture Spectacular – May 6, 2023
Patriotic Choral Concert – July 29, 2023
Tickets go on sale later this summer.
Fine and Performing Arts Center Staff
Manager of Theater Operations and Services
Assistant Technical Director
Art Gallery Coordinator
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