Official opinons: Get in holiday spirit with choral music

Ah, the hustle & bustle of the holiday season.  If you’re like me, now is the time to run frantically from one store to the next buying gifts, cook massive numbers of cookies and festoon your apartment with enough lights to rival the Chicago skyline.  For those of you who need a break from all this holiday madness or if you’re just looking to enjoy this special time of year, I urge you to check out the Wicker Park Choral Singers concert, Star of Wonder, this Saturday, December 4 at 3:00 p.m. at Wicker Park Lutheran Church OR Sunday, December 5 at 4:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church.  Both performances are completely FREE and open to the public.

Wicker Park Choral Singers Presents Star of Wonder

Wicker Park Choral Singers Presents Star of Wonder

I’ve been a member of the WPCS almost since its inception in the spring of 2008.  Originally, a grassroots effort, WPCS has quickly become an established performing arts ensemble in the Chicagoland area with  approximately forty members who are passionate about making world-class choral music accessible to the community, and are committed to producing concerts that are free and open to the public.  With repertoire ranging from Renaissance motets to contemporary works of today’s foremost composers, WPCS aims to provide something to excite and engage each and every audience member.

This year’s concert, Star of Wonder, explores the aspects of light and our innate human tendency to look up at the sky through pieces that highlight the Star of Bethlehem. Star of Wonder will unfold a luminous tale to audience members with a wide range of pieces, including The Three Kings by Healey Willan, There Shall a Star from Jacob by Felix Mendelssohn, O nata lux de lumine by Thomas Tallis, Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre, and Gladsome Light from Rachmaninoff’s Vespers.

“Portraying the mystery and beauty of light is something that composers have tried to do throughout all of history, and our choir has the privilege of ringing in the holiday season by performing a rich sampling of these beautiful works,” says Mark Tomasino, WPCS President and Artistic Director.

For more information about the concerts, don’t hesitate to check out http://www.wickerparksings.org/ I hope you can make it out from fantastic choral music to celebrate the start of the holiday season.



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