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Official opinions: WPCS- Chicago’s choir. Your choir. Our concert

Everyone knows that the holiday season would just not be the same without music. This Saturday, December 8 at 3 p.m. the Wicker Park Choral Singers deliver fun, high-quality choral music in their upcoming winter concert “It Takes a Village.” This performance will take place at Wicker Park Lutheran Church, 1502 N. Hoyne Ave., Chicago, and as always, the concert is free and open to the public.

As the Nigerian Igbo proverb says, “Ora na-azu nwa,” which translates to, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Join WPCS for international folk songs, modern compositions, and holiday arrangements all relating to the theme of community. Featured works include “The Promise of Living” (Copland); “Walk Together Children” (Hogan); Haitian “Twa Tanbou” (Guillaume), and Kenyan “Wana Baraka” (Kirchner).

Garfield Park's "Voices of the Season"

Garfield Park Conservatory’s “Voices of the Season”

“Five years ago, WPCS began as a community dedicated to the appreciation and performance of choral music,” said Mark Tomasino, president and artistic director of WPCS. “It took the dedication of each member in this community — this village — to grow WPCS into what it is today. The strength of the organization and the refinement of its artistic merit has never been more evident than in this season’s repertoire.”

Here are a couple of sneak peaks of Saturday’s holiday program, including the song serving as inspiration for its theme, “It Takes a Village” by Joan Szymko.

“Noel Ayisyen” (Haitian Noel)


Caroling at the Garfield Park Conservatory

WPCS already kicked off its holiday festivities at Garfield Park Conservatory‘s “Voices of the Season” program this past Sunday.  In addition to their two live performances in December, WPCS has been invited to perform on Live from WFMT, the acclaimed weekly concert series produced and aired on 98.7WFMT, Chicago’s preeminent classical music station. Tune in to the FM station on Monday, December 10 at 8 p.m. to listen to this special recital.

Want to learn more about WPCS? Click here for an entertaining account of the group’s history.


official opinions: Eat, Drink and Be Merry with WPCS

Ah, the hustle & bustle of the holiday season.  If you’re like me, you’re already exhausted with 2011 and just want to relax with a cup of warm cider and enjoy the holidays.  If you’re feeling overwhelmed, or just want to do something fun, take a break from the madness and check out the FREE Wicker Park Choral Singers concerts this weekend.

Wicker Park Choral Singers begins its fourth season with a series of free concerts of Eat, Drink, and Be Merry – a choral celebration of the holiday season featuring a musical stew of gastronomically-inspired works. “The holiday season is a time for sharing food, drink, and joy with one’s family and friends, and we are hoping to capture the essence of this with our concert program,” says WPCS Artistic Director Mark Tomasino. Selections include seasonally-appropriate pieces by Gustav Holst, Anton Bruckner, and Orlando di Lasso among others. “We are especially thrilled to be premiering Sir Loin, The Noble, a work by the up and coming composer Edward F. Davis.”

All three performances are free and open to the public. In the spirit of our food and drink theme, WPCS is partnering with the Greater Chicago Food Depository. We encourage all attendees to bring non-perishable food items to the performances in an effort to help the organization fight hunger in Chicago.  The concert program runs about an hour and will be followed by a reception where attendees are invited to continue the eating, drinking, and merriment along with the performers, including Stitely Staffer, Rachel Mikolajczyk.
Concert Details:

  • Saturday, December 10 at 3:00 p.m. at Wicker Park Lutheran Church, 1502 N. Hoyne Ave, Chicago, IL,
  • Sunday, December 11 at 3:00 p.m. at Our Lady of the Brook, 3700 N. Dundee Rd, Northbrook, IL
  • Friday, December 16 at 12:00 p.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St, Chicago, IL

About Wicker Park Choral Singers
Wicker Park Choral Singers has quickly grown from a grassroots effort in the spring of 2008 to an established performing arts ensemble in the Chicagoland area. Its approximately forty members 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.

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