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The Ave Verum Corpus, a 14th century hymn that is sung during a mass's Eucharistic consecration, is one of the most widely used texts amongst sacred historical composers. Consequently, each composer’s edition seems to epitomize their respective overarching styles. Josquin, a Renaissance composer, uses polyphony to create a piece with multiple melodic lines running throughout in interlocking patterns. Mozart’s edition is in classical structure that is sung with vibrant symphony. Franz Liszt, who epitomizes late 19th century romantic impulses, utilizes more dissonance and unstructured form to convey the pain described in the words above. So what part does Byrd play in this historical narrative? To properly answer that, one must consider the culture in which Byrd lived.
16th Century England, under the charge of Queen Elizabeth I, was officially Protestant; and although Byrd was famous in his day, he constantly lived in fear of losing commissions because of his Catholic faith. Because of this, many of Byrd’s earlier sacred works were smaller in scope, and included phrases and musical suspensions meant to secretly signify the desire for equal protection for Catholics in England. By 1605, under the rule of King James I, Byrd felt comfortable enough to compose his most overtly Catholic book of songs, Gradualia. From this song set comes this beautiful setting of “Ave Verum Corpus”.
At the same time, styles from composers such as Thomas Tallis (Byrd’s mentor) and Tomás Luis de Victoria were making their way across Europe. This new breed of composer took the purely polyphonic phrasing that composers such as Josquin or Palestrina had created, and incorporated some chordal elements to help convey feelings of sadness or passion. As such, the works of Byrd, including “Ave Verum Corpus”, exhibit many of these same elements.
Putting the musical and cultural elements together, one finds a proudly religious piece, which isn’t afraid to examine one of the most sacred parts of the Catholic faith and mass. Similarly to earlier sacred works, the text is paramount to all phrasing, and is easy to understand. Instead of using a 4 part polyphonic form throughout, Byrd mixes the style with each phrase. This allows the listener to hear and process the text while still responding emotionally to the music. A good example of this starts with the phrase “O dulcis”, where the Soprano part begins independently, and is followed by the lower three voices. Each of the three phrases in this section ring together to signify their unified acknowledgement of Jesus’ sacrifice. However, by the time the text gets to “miserere”, there is a sudden switch to 4 part polyphony. This change thickens the musical texture, as if to show the multifaceted nature of “mercy”.
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Arts Sanctuary: Acceptance & Hope (Friday, November 7th) - 7-10 p.m.
"Arts Sanctuary" - a haven for the arts - continues with a mini-concert from Wicker Park Choral Singers followed by an art reception with jazz and church brewed beer.
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Come and hear YOUR CHOIR perform their last concert of the season! Combining a mix of fan favorites and new repertoire, this concert features a variety of powerful choral classics like "Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal" by Alice Parker, "In Dat Great Gettin' Up Mornin'" by Jester Hairston, and lush harmonies of "Sleep" by Eric Whitacre, "Abide With Me" by Moses Hogan and "Shenandoah" by James Erb. Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 8pm (doors open at 7:40pm)
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Sing with Wicker Park Choral Singers at the First Annual WPCS Warm-Up - Wednesday, April 9th at 7:00pm All of us at WPCS love singing for you– now we want you to sing with us. Join us on Wednesday, April 9th for Warm Up – an open community rehearsal led by conductor Mark Tomasino. Rather than waiting to hear a piece after months of rehearsal – participate in the process as Mark introduces pieces to you and the choir that will be performed in our summer concert series. The Warm Up rehearsal will begin at 7pm at our home, Wicker Park Lutheran Church (1502 N Hoyne Ave). Music will be provided for everyone who shows up – all you need to bring is your voice. Been singing your whole life? You should come– we would be thrilled to have talented voices added to our numbers for the evening! Never sung a note in your life? You should come – we have lots of talented singers you can stand next to who making finding the right notes really easy! If all goes well, we will perform the pieces for ourselves at the end of rehearsal. Whether all goes well or not, we will celebrate our efforts with a post-rehearsal social at the church.
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Why You Joined WPCS I joined because I missed singing in a choir after college and was looking for a new musical challenge. I have been in the audience for the past few years but always hoped to be a part of this wonderful group.
Day Job 3rd grade teacher
Favorite Type(s) of Music classical, folk, pop
Favorite Composers Aaron Copland, John Rutter, Stephen Hatfield, Z. Randall Stroope, John Adams, Moses Hogan
When and How You Became Involved in Music My mom is an elementary music teacher, so music has always been a very big part of my family. I took piano lessons for many years and sang in the St. Louis Children's Choir for ten years.
What is Your Favorite Song to Sing in the Shower Whatever song is stuck in my head!
Why You Joined WPCS Creating and experiencing music allows me to connect with myself, my fellow musicians, and the rhythms and vibrations of our universe. The purity of united human voices inspires those connections better than any other medium I know of.
Day Job Music Teacher at Lane Tech High School
Favorite Type(s) of Music R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, & Jazz
Favorite Composers Palestrina, Bach, Debussy, Gershwin, Copland, Miles Davis, Lauridsen, Adams, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Moses Hogan, Beck, J Dilla, Whitacre
When and How You Became Involved in Music My grandma was a music teacher and my father sings and play piano, so my family started me off on the violin very early in life. As a teenager I switched to voice and guitar and started to write music. Music has defined me ever since.
What is Your Favorite Song to Sing in the Shower "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square"
Why You Joined WPCS I joined because I fell in love with the WPSC’s interpretation of the Duruflé’s Ubi Caritas on the website.
Day Job Deputy scientific attaché at Office for Science and Technology, Embassy of France in the U.S.A.
Favorite Type(s) of Music Renaissance and Early music, opera and Scottish/Breton/Irish traditional music + everything with harmonies
Favorite Composers Tallis, Byrd, Mozart, Ryan Canning
When and How You Became Involved in Music
When I realized that sounds put together could express way more than words, so probably around 9 months-old by
screaming singing to get my feeding-bottle faster.
What is Your Favorite Song to Sing in the Shower me => La la laaaa (…) la LAAAAA vs *BOOM BOOM BOOM* <= Neighbor
Click Below to download the PDF version of the Press release WPCSPressReleaseDecember2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ring in the Holiday Season with Wicker Park Choral Singers
CHICAGO (November 8, 2013) — On Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th, Wicker Park Choral Singers (WPCS) will present its sixth annual winter concert, ‘Tis the Season, a program of a cappella choral works reflecting on the beauty, bleakness, and celebration of seasonal change. Free and open to the public, ‘Tis the Season will be performed at Wicker Park Lutheran Church, 1502 N. Hoyne Ave. Both performances of the program will take place at 3 p.m.
Autumnal and wintry scenes will be brought to life through Veljo Tormis’s haunting Autumn Landscapes, Joshua Shank’s poignant setting of e.e. cummings poetry in Winter, and a stunning mix of compositions by Debussy, Mendelssohn, Elliot Carter, and many more. To keep with WPCS holiday concert tradition, ‘Tis the Season with culminate with sing-a-long carols for everyone to enjoy.
Focusing on the internal reflections and strong reactions brought on by seasonal change, the music dramatically juxtaposes physical coldness with spiritual warmth. As described by founder and artistic director Mark Tomasino, the selected pieces “weave together to form a soundscape that depicts the death, decay, splendor, and joy of the autumn to winter transition.”
Both performances will be followed by a reception, where attendees are invited to meet the choir and enjoy light refreshments.
For additional information, contact Mark Tomasino at (815) 499-6294 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th at 3 p.m. — ‘Tis the Season, Wicker Park Lutheran Church, 1502 N. Hoyne Ave., Chicago, IL. Free parking is available in the parking lot of nearby Pritzker Elementary located on Evergreen Ave.
Friday, December 13th at 6 p.m. — WPCS sings outdoors for “Caroling at Cloud Gate” in Millennium Park.
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 forty-three members are passionate about building community through choral music and are committed to producing concerts that are free and open to the public. With repertoire ranging from Renaissance motets to contemporary works from today's foremost composers, WPCS aims to provide something to excite and engage each and every audience member.
Buy your holiday gifts at participating Shop for Good businesses in Wicker Park & Bucktown and they will donate 10% of your purchases to the local school or non-profit of your choice. Your Gifts count twice with Shop For Good! HOW IT WORKS
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As Vice President of Customer Lifecycle Management, Kristin Conley is responsible for the driving customer insights across the organization, sales lead automation and HCSC’s digital strategy. Kristin has a Masters degree in business from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Economics from Goucher College. An arts enthusiast, and former dancer, Kristin brings 8 years of prior arts board experience to Wicker Park Choral Singers (WPCS). She is married to WPCS bass singer, Andrew Sudds and delighted to be joining the board.
Ingrid fell in love with WPCS when she first performed with the group in 2009. A lifelong chorister, Ingrid passionately advocates music's ability to transform lives, and strongly supports WPCS's mission to share choral music with audiences across Chicago and beyond. She is thrilled to now serve WPCS as a board member. Ingrid has held positions in development and marketing with the Washington National Opera, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Illinois Wesleyan University, and is also a proud member of the St. Charles Singers.
WPCS Founder and Artistic Director, Mark Tomasino, will be live in the WFMT radio booth for an ENTIRE hour sharing the latest news about the choir, a sampling of our best live recordings, and announcing the upcoming season. Tune in to 98.7fm on your radio dial or LISTEN live at WFMT.com and support the choir! Check out the WFMT blog to learn more about the other featured groups.
WPCS Auditions are here again!In search of a choral home? Have a passion for musical excellence? Looking to share it with a community of like-minded singers? If so, we want to hear you audition for our 2013-14 Season!Read More