Wicker Park Choral Singers praise community and raise voices in fifth anniversary choral concertInternational folk songs, modern compositions, and holiday-themed arrangements characterize Wicker Park Choral Singers’ fifth anniversary winter concert, It Takes a Village. This season opening performance will take place on Saturday, December 8 at 3 p.m. at Wicker Park Lutheran Church, 1502 N. Hoyne Ave., Chicago. The concert is free and open to the public.
The concert’s theme is based on the Nigerian Igbo proverb, “Ora na-azu nwa,” which translates to, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The concert illustrates this theme through pieces like “It Takes a Village” (Szymko), “The Promise of Living” (Copland), and “Walk Together Children” (Hogan). The concert also features pieces hailing from the Haitian musical culture, including “Twa Tanbou” (Guillaume) and “Noel Ayisyen” (Desamours), as well as an arrangement of the Kenyan folk song “Wana Baraka” (Kirchner).
“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.”
WPCS will also perform in Voices of the Season, a musical event on December 2 at 2 p.m. at Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory. That performance will offer a preview of It Takes a Village in conjunction with Garfield Park Conservatory’s annual Holiday Flower Show.
Both performances are free and open to the public. It Takes a Village will be followed by a reception, where attendees are invited to meet the choir and enjoy some delicious holiday treats.
In addition to the choir’s 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.
For additional information, contact Mark Tomasino at (815) 499-6294 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Sunday, December 2 at 1 p.m. — Voices of the Season, Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago. Free.
• Saturday, December 8 at 3 p.m. — It Takes a Village, Wicker Park Lutheran Church, Chicago. Free.
• Monday, December 10 at 8 p.m. — Live from WFMT, 98.7WFMT (FM).