NSUW’s A Cappella Concert Promises Vocal Prowess and Family Fun

North Shore United Way is thrilled to host “LIVE UNITED in Harmony,” an evening of live a cappella music on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Lake Street Church in Evanston. In 2011, NSUW supporters reveled at Battle of the Bands, a “rockin’ tribute” to education. This year, the whole family can enjoy classic tunes, original mashups, and (as one group puts it) “some of the old pop standards, songs from musicals, doo-wop numbers, and a few barbershop favorites.” Performing groups include CQ, Flashback, and the QuintEssentials. The talent gathers from all corners of the North Shore. Jim Lucas, a singing lead for Flashback, is Professor Emeritus of Music at Northeastern Illinois University. “He was the Director of Choral Activities for more years than he cares to count,” the group shares. Flashback’s bass, Albert Thompson (recently retired from his associate dean position at the University of Illinois at Chicago) holds an MA degree in music history from Northwestern University. On the other hand, Jim Jenz (fondly referred to as Jim #2) practiced law at a downtown Chicago firm for many years, mixing in choral and local theater productions when time allowed. Jo Mortland, Flashback’s tenor, learned harmony from her father at her father’s knee. Meanwhile, the women of QuintEssentials — pictured here in their patriotic best — bring an extra energy and balance against the evening’s all-men closing group, CQ. CQ, the men of a mixed a cappella group, Coriolis, have charmed audiences since 1986. The name CQ, or in Morse Code – dah-di-dah-dit dah-dah-di-dah, or – . – . – – . – , is a general call roughly translated to ‘Hey, anyone listening?’ Fortunately, when CQ sings, most people are. While occasionally bringing out classical repertoire, CQ primarily sings intricate jazz arrangements performed by The Hi-Lo’s, The Arbors and the King’s Singers. Catch them at Christmas for special arrangement of popular holiday tunes, crafted by local Chicago jazz musicians! CQ, Flashback and the QuintEssentials are donating their vocal talents on Saturday, Sept. 29 to North Shore United Way. Rather than sit at home watching the latest musical television show, join us to enjoy the local voices, North Shore talent, and gleeful smash hits… while giving back to your community. Sponsored in part by BMO Harris Bank  and Whole Foods, all proceeds will benefit LIVE UNITED 2020, United Way’s community-impact plan focused on investing in education, income and health programs in more than 40 communities of greatest need. To purchase tickets or learn more, click here. Light refreshments and reception will follow the concert.  See you there! Submitted on behalf of Mary Teeter, Development Manager at North Shore United Way.

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