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Wicker Park Choral Singers is a Chicago-based all-volunteer choir dedicated to building community through choral music. 

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Ring in the Holiday Season with Wicker Park Choral Singers

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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 mark@wickerparksings.org.

Performance Details

  • 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.

 

Sounds delicious: Wicker Park Choral Singers holiday concert will be easy to digest.

CHICAGO (November  14, 2011) –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 program will be on offer Saturday, December 10th at Wicker Park Lutheran Church in Chicago and Sunday, December 11th at Our Lady of the Brook in Northbrook.  The concert will be repeated on Friday, December 16th as a part of the Noonday Concerts series at Fourth Presbyterian Church on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. "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. “Many of the selections literally depict delectable dishes, seasonal ales, and the raucous environment of a feast.” The bill of fare will 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."

In the spirit of food and drink theme, WPCS is undertaking a few non-musical initiatives in conjunction with the concert.  The ensemble is partnering with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and encourages all attendees to bring non-perishable food items to the performances in an effort to help the organization fight hunger in Chicago. WPCS is also in the midst of a holiday recipe contest.  Winning contest entries - due by December 1st - will be printed in the concert program. More information about the food drive and recipe contest may be found at: www.wickerparksings.org .

Concert specifics:

  • 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

Table reservations are never required for WPCS concerts - all three performances are free and open to the public. 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.

For an interview or additional information, contact Mark Tomasino at (815) 499-6294 or mark@wickerparksings.org.

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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"From neighborhood choir to Oprah, Wicker Park singers keep Wesleyan roots" - Illinois Wesleyan University Magazine

When Mark Tomasino ’06 founded the Wicker Park Choral Singers (WPCS) in 2008, he never dreamed it would land them a spot on America’s longest-running daytime television talk show. But that’s exactly what happen on Sept. 14, when he and three other IWU alumni appeared on the farewell season of The Oprah Winfrey Show, performing behind the Grammy award-winning duo, the Judds.

Read the full story by Hannah Griffin