Posts Tagged ‘classical music

05
Dec
12

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)

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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.

08
Jul
11

Official Opinions: WPCS is Assembling the Masses in Lincoln Park

We all know there are a million things to do in the Chicago summertime- from festivals to farmers markets to biking and picnicking  movies in the park, etc. But for those of you looking for some cool FREE relaxation on these hot summer nights check out the latest Wicker Park Choral Singers’ concert- Assembling the Masses.  Concert times are below:

Saturday, July 9 at 8:00 p.m.  St. Vincent de Paul Church | 1010 W. Webster Ave., Chicago, IL
Sunday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. Grace Episcopal Church | 120 E. 1st St. Hinsdale, IL

Many of the pieces on the concert are movements from liturgical mass settings, such as Poulenc’s Mass in G Major and William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices. The selections also include a completely different meaning of the word “mass” with works representing nine different countries from four different continents, eight different centuries of music history, and six different languages.

The concert program runs about an hour followed by a reception to meet and interact with the performers.  The repertoire includes short choral works by: Byrd, Poulenc, Machaut, Guillaume, Thompson, Palestrina, Duruflé and others.

Stitely Staffer, Rachel Mikolajczyk, has been a part of the choir since its inception in 2008.  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.

Hope to see you there!





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