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Wicker Park Choral Singers

Building community through choral music

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


Mark's Farewell Concert
Jun
1
4:00 PM16:00

Mark's Farewell Concert

After founding the choir in 2008 and leading it through 11 successful seasons, Mark Tomasino will conduct his last concert as WPCS Artistic Director. Join us for a send-off concert thanking Mark for his contribution to the Chicago choral community at large and so many individual singers' lives who have been a member of the WPCS family. The program will reprise some selections from our April concerts and a line up of favorites from past seasons. Please stay directly after the concert for a farewell party and wish Mark his best as he starts his new chapter of life in Austin, TX.

Tickets: $15 in advance online, $22 at the door - Children 12 & under are FREE.

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The Solo Cup - WPCS Spring Fundraiser
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

The Solo Cup - WPCS Spring Fundraiser

The Solo Cup is one part kegger, one part cabaret, one part fundraiser. Grab your red Solo cup at the door, explore the amazing architecture, and enjoy solo performances by our talented singers.  All proceeds from ticket sales and our silent auction will go directly to support Wicker Park Choral Singers. Bring your friends and come join the fun! 

Must be 21+ to drink adult beverages

(Wine and soft drinks will also be served in additiion to beer)

Beer has been generously donated by Alarmist Brewing & Taproom

TICKETS are $25 in advance. Each ticket includes unlimited drinks and snacks. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door but ticket price will vary based on the ROLL OF THE DICE! (If you're a gamblin' type, this is the option for you!) ie: if you roll a two and a three, your ticket price would be $25 + $5 (dice roll) = $30. 

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Journey to Begin - Spring New Music Concert Series
Apr
13
4:00 PM16:00

Journey to Begin - Spring New Music Concert Series

Journey to Begin will contemplate global human connectedness through travel and dissect the motives and realities of people who must leave their home. This concert will feature many new works, including the world premiere of "The Baths of the Western Stars" By Tabes Bridges. Also featured are works by Jake Runestad, Ysaye M. Barnwell, Sydney Guillaume, Caroline Shaw, and Dale Trumbore. Our two Call for Scores winners "Where Are My Unumbered Days?" by Scotland-based composer Chris Hutchings (Chicago premiere) and "As on Wings" by Canadian composer Leonard Enns will also be featured on the program.  Many of the works are inspired by relevant current events, including the Syrian refugee crisis, 9/11, racism in America, Somalian refugees living in Minnesota, and other tales of misplacement, travel, journey, and hope.

Bring a non-perishable item for the St. Ignatius Food Pantry and receive $5 off your ticket at the door.

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Journey to Begin - Spring New Music Concert Series
Apr
12
7:30 PM19:30

Journey to Begin - Spring New Music Concert Series

Journey to Begin will contemplate global human connectedness through travel and dissect the motives and realities of people who must leave their home. This concert will feature many new works, including the world premiere of "The Baths of the Western Stars" By Tabes Bridges. Also featured are works by Jake Runestad, Ysaye M. Barnwell, Sydney Guillaume, Caroline Shaw, and Dale Trumbore. Our two Call for Scores winners "Where Are My Unumbered Days?" by Scotland-based composer Chris Hutchings (Chicago premiere) and "As on Wings" by Canadian composer Leonard Enns will also be featured on the program.  Many of the works are inspired by relevant current events, including the Syrian refugee crisis, 9/11, racism in America, Somalian refugees living in Minnesota, and other tales of misplacement, travel, journey, and hope.

Bring a non-perishable item for the St. Ignatius Food Pantry and receive $5 off your ticket at the door.

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ChicagoSings Showcase Concert
Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

ChicagoSings Showcase Concert

Constellation Men’s Ensemble

Constellation Men’s Ensemble

La Caccina

La Caccina

FEATURING 3 CHICAGO CHOIRS

WPCS teams up with 2 amazing Chicago choirs to bring you an evening of choral music from around the world.

THE LINE UP:

La Caccina - Carling FitzSimmons, Artistic Director

Constellation Men’s Ensemble - Ryan T. Strand, Executive Director

Wicker Park Choral Singers, Mark Tomasino, Artistic Director

TICKET PRICES: 

$15 - ONLINE IN ADVANCE AND AT THE DOOR, Students $10 w/ valid ID

*KIDS 12 & UNDER ARE FREE*


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Feb
11
5:30 PM17:30

Beer Choir

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Beer Choir is a choir that sings while drinking beer! It's that simple. No singing experience necessary. All (21+) are welcome! Lagunitas will serve up their 11 delicious year-round brews and all the proceeds from beer sales will go directly to support Wicker Park Choral Singers. Bring your friends and come join the fun!

Must be 21+ to enter

TICKETS are $15. Each ticket includes one beer and pizza. Free Parking.

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Dec
9
3:00 PM15:00

A Christmas Tradition

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Start a new holiday tradition with us!

Unlike other choir Christmas concerts, "A Christmas Tradition" gives you the perfect recipe for a festive interactive experience: 1 part choir concert, 1 part audience sing-along, and 1 part cookie party.  Featuring beloved Christmas choral works by Randall Thompson, Alice Parker, Robert Shaw, Herbert Howells, Moses Hogan, and more. Don't miss out on the hottest new holiday tradition in Chicago!

TICKETS are $20. Purchase online or at the door. Credit Cards accepted.

Kids 12 & under are FREE

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Dec
8
4:00 PM16:00

A Christmas Tradition

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Start a new holiday tradition with us!

Unlike other choir Christmas concerts, "A Christmas Tradition" gives you the perfect recipe for a festive interactive experience: 1 part choir concert, 1 part audience sing-along, and 1 part cookie party.  Featuring beloved Christmas choral works by Randall Thompson, Alice Parker, Robert Shaw, Herbert Howells, Moses Hogan, and more. Don't miss out on the hottest new holiday tradition in Chicago!

TICKETS are $20. Purchase online or at the door. Credit Cards accepted.

Kids 12 & under are FREE

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In the Beginning - Fall Concert Series
Nov
4
4:00 PM16:00

In the Beginning - Fall Concert Series

This program features the music of Aaron Copland and the composers he encountered during this travels through Latin America in the 1940's, such as Villa-Lobos, Chavez, Ginastera, and Orrego-Salas. We are excited to welcome back WPCS alumna Anna VanDeKerchove as our featured mezzo-soprano soloist in Copland's In the Beginning.

Online Ticket Sales have Closed. Tickets are available for purchase at the door!

$25 - At the door

$10 - Non-CPS & College Students

CPS Students & Kids 12 & Under are FREE

Anna VanDeKerchove, mezzo-soprano

Anna VanDeKerchove, mezzo-soprano

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In The Beginning - Fall Concert Series
Nov
3
7:30 PM19:30

In The Beginning - Fall Concert Series

Anna VanDeKerchove, mezzo-soprano

Anna VanDeKerchove, mezzo-soprano

This program features the music of Aaron Copland and the composers he encountered during this travels through Latin America in the 1940's, such as Villa-Lobos, Chavez, Ginastera, and Orrego-Salas. We are excited to welcome back WPCS alumna Anna VanDeKerchove as our featured mezzo-soprano soloist in Copland's In the Beginning.

ONLINE Ticket Sales Closed - You can buy them at the door!

$25 - At the door

$10 - Non-CPS & College Students

CPS Students & Kids 12 & Under are FREE

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Oct
14
2:00 PM14:00

Martinis That Matter Fundraiser

Join us at Marty's Martini Bar for an afternoon of libations to benefit the choir. All proceeds from drink purchases will be donated directly to the choir to help fulfill our mission of building community through choral music.

FREE ADMISSION - JUST SHOW UP AND DRINK!

Marty's Martini Bar - 1511 W Balmoral Ave. Chicago, IL 60640

RANKED #1 MARTINI BAR IN CHICAGO!

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Dreams of the Fallen with Chicago Composers Orchestra
May
5
7:30 PM19:30

Dreams of the Fallen with Chicago Composers Orchestra

Free admission for U.S. Military Veterans. Please choose "veteran" ticket option when registering.

Combining the musical forces of solo piano, chorus, and orchestra with powerful texts written by Iraq War veteran and award-winning poet Brian Turner, Jake Runestad’s Dreams of the Fallen explores a soldier’s emotional response to the experience of war. Iranian-American Sahba Aminikia’s Sound, Only Sound Remains weaves audio clips of womens’ voices from Iran with the chorus and orchestra, and Arvo Pärt’s Da pacem Domine is a prayer for peace.

Chicago Composers Orchestra, Allen Tinkham, Music Director

Wicker Park Choral Singers, Mark Tomasino, Artistic Director

Program:

Jake Runestad – Dreams of the Fallen

– poetry by Brian Turner
 – featuring pianist Yana Reznik

Originally commissioned by acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Biegel and a consortium of five orchestras from around the country, Dreams of the Fallen explores a soldier’s emotional response to the experience of war using powerful texts written by Iraq War veteran and award-winning poet Brian Turner.

Sahba Aminikia – Sound, Only Sound Remains, * orchestral world premiere

Since the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran women are not allowed to sing publicly according to the Islamic code.The piece was produced following my announcement on Facebook inviting Iranian female singers to collaborate with me, Kronos Quartet and Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Numerous sound clips, mostly recorded on handheld devices, were sent to me which enabled me to immerse myself in a world, which as a man, I have never experienced. The opening text which translates to “Sound, only sound remains” in Farsi is by Forough Farrokhzad, arguably one of Iran’s most influential female poets of the twentieth century, a controversial modernist and an iconoclast who died tragically in a car accident at the age of 32. – Sahba Aminikia

Arvo Pärt – Da Pacem Domine

Arvo Pärt wrote the prayer of peace “Da pacem Domine” to fulfil a commission from Jordi Savall. He began to set this ninth-century Gregorian antiphon two days after the Madrid bombings on 11 March 2004 as his personal tribute to the victims. Since then Da pacem Domine has been performed every year in Spain to commemorate the victims of this terrorist attack. Even while originally composing this four-voice piece, Pärt made allowances for variable scorings. As a result, it exists in several versions, not only for voice but also entirely for instruments.

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Beer Choir
Feb
19
5:30 PM17:30

Beer Choir

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Beer Choir is a choir that sings while drinking beer! It's that simple. No singing experience necessary. All (21+) are welcome! Lagunitas will serve up their 11 delicious year-round brews and all the proceeds from beer sales will go directly to support Wicker Park Choral Singers. Bring your friends and come join the fun!

Must be 21+ to enter

TICKETS are $15. Each ticket includes one beer and pizza. Free Parking.

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Requiem - Fall Concert Series
Nov
19
4:00 PM16:00

Requiem - Fall Concert Series

In a shared program with acclaimed early music ensemble The Marion Consort, WPCS will tackle the stunningly beautiful and intensely emotional masterpiece by Herbert Howells, Requiem. The program will also include a mix of a cappella works from several centuries exploring the themes of grief and hope.

Works by Howells, Vaughn Williams, Elgar, Tallis, Byrd, and more!

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT-THE-DOOR

 $22 - AT THE DOOR, $10 for STUDENTS W/ VALID ID

* All CPS STUDENTS and KIDS 12 & UNDER ARE FREE*

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Requiem - Fall Concert Series
Nov
18
8:00 PM20:00

Requiem - Fall Concert Series

In a shared program with acclaimed early music ensemble The Marion Consort, WPCS will tackle the stunningly beautiful and intensely emotional masterpiece by Herbert Howells, Requiem. The program will also include a mix of a cappella works from several centuries exploring the themes of grief and hope.

Works by Howells, Vaughn Williams, Elgar, Tallis, Byrd, and more!

ONLINE SALES HAVE CLOSED. PLEASE PURCHASE TICKETS AT-THE-DOOR

$22 - AT THE DOOR, $10 for STUDENTS W/ VALID ID

* All CPS STUDENTS and KIDS 12 & UNDER ARE FREE*

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ChicagoSings Showcase Concert
Oct
28
7:30 PM19:30

ChicagoSings Showcase Concert

Featuring 4 Chicago choirs

WPCS teams up with 3 other choral groups in Chicago to bring you an evening of choir music from around the world.

Chicago Chamber Choir- Christopher Windle, Artistic Director

La Caccina - Carling FitzSimmons, Artistic Director

Ensemble Alioni - Dr. Clayton Parr, Musical Director

Wicker Park Choral Singers, Mark Tomasino, Artistic Director

TICKET PRICES: 

$10 - ONLINE IN ADVANCE and AT THE DOOR

*KIDS 12 & UNDER ARE FREE*

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CrowdOut Chicago Community Gathering
Aug
30
7:00 PM19:00

CrowdOut Chicago Community Gathering

Join the crowd.

On October 1, 2017 in Millennium Park, more than 1,000 people from all corners of Chicago will come together to perform the American premiere of David Lang’s monumental piece, "crowd out." You can be one of them!

Come learn the piece, join the Chicago crowd out choir, and meet your neighbors to dream about the future of art by attending your community gathering. No experience necessary. All are welcome. Be part of a once-in-lifetime citywide experience.

To prepare for crowd out, Illinois Humanities and Chicago Humanities Festival will organize a summer series of Community Gatherings in every neighborhood of Chicago. Hosted in public libraries, parks, schools, churches, and cultural spaces throughout the city, each event is an opportunity for residents of Chicago to join crowd out.

This Community Gathering includes a rehearsal of the piece led by the Wicker Park Choral Singers and a facilitated conversation about the future of art in your neighborhood and the city. An Illinois Humanities-trained facilitator will lead this discussion, in partnership with a local cultural organization, to assess local arts and culture resources and to reimagine our individual roles in advocating for a brighter future for arts and culture in the life of the individual, the neighborhood, and the city. These neighborhood gatherings connect organizations, choirs, and residents in an active citywide community; this community will ultimately gather to perform the final performance of Crowd Out on October 1.

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Cosmos: A Choral Odyssey - Spring Concert Series
May
7
4:00 PM16:00

Cosmos: A Choral Odyssey - Spring Concert Series

Join us for a musical experience that will transport you to another dimension with waves of ethereal and other-worldly sounds and harmonies! Featured works include "Stars" by Latvian composer Eriks Ešenvalds, Selections from "Gloria Patria" by Estonian composer Urmas Sisask, and a world premiere by Chicago composer, Eric Malmquist. Don't miss out on this concert experience that inspires and transcends the every day.

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE & AT-THE-DOOR

 $15 - ONLINE IN ADVANCE, $22 - AT THE DOOR, $15 for STUDENTS W/ VALID ID

*KIDS 12 & UNDER ARE FREE*

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Cosmos: A Choral Odyssey - Spring Concert Series
May
6
8:00 PM20:00

Cosmos: A Choral Odyssey - Spring Concert Series

Join us for a musical experience that will transport you to another dimension with waves of ethereal and other-worldly sounds and harmonies! Featured works include "Stars" by Latvian composer Eriks Ešenvalds, Selections from "Gloria Patria" by Estonian composer Urmas Sisask, and a world premiere by Chicago composer, Eric Malmquist. Don't miss out on this concert experience that inspires and transcends the every day.

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ONLINE & AT-THE-DOOR

 $15 - ONLINE IN ADVANCE, $22 - AT THE DOOR, $15 for STUDENTS W/ VALID ID

*KIDS 12 & UNDER ARE FREE*

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Cookies n' Caroling Fundraiser
Dec
17
2:00 PM14:00

Cookies n' Caroling Fundraiser

Do you like eating cookies? Do you like singing Christmas carols? If you answered "YES!" to either of those be sure to join us at Rogers Park Social for a fun and festive afternoon! 

Sing-along to all your favorite Christmas carols led by singers of Wicker Park Choral Singers. Enjoy a plethora of tasty cookies and a vast selection of beverages from award-winning Rogers Park Social bar. Each ticket gets you one drink (beer, wine, moscow mules), unlimited cookies, and a 15% discount at the Rogers Park Provisions gift shop next door for all your last minute gift shopping. Space is limited so get your tickets today!

TICKETS: $30 in advance, $35 at the door

Sing-alongs will happen at 2:30pm, 3:30pm, and 4:30pm

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ChicagoSings Showcase Concert
Nov
5
7:30 PM19:30

ChicagoSings Showcase Concert

Featuring 4 Chicago choirs

WPCS teams up with 3 other choral groups in Chicago to bring you an evening of music celebrating peace, unity, and community.

La Caccina - Carling FitzSimmons, Artistic Director

Constellation Men's Ensemble - Ryan Strand, Executive Director

The Marion Consort - Amy Bearden, Artistic Director

Wicker Park Choral Singers - Mark Tomasino, Artistic Director

Featuring songs by Pentatonix, Palestrina, Britten, Ešenvalds, and many more!!

TICKET PRICES: 

$10 - ONLINE IN ADVANCE and AT THE DOOR

*KIDS 12 & UNDER ARE FREE*

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Hymn to Humanity w/ Chicago Composers Orchestra
May
13
8:00 PM20:00

Hymn to Humanity w/ Chicago Composers Orchestra

This concert marks the first full-length collaboration between WPCS and the Chicago Composers Orchestra, one of the few orchestras in existence that is entirely dedicated to the performance and advocacy of orchestral music by living composers.

We are very excited to present the world premiere of Blemish'd Muse, a new work for orchestra and choir by Chicago-based composer, Eric Malmquist. Eric has written music for us in the past that combines beautiful poetry with his modern style influenced by historical themes and early music. The texts ofBlemish’d Muse draw from the works of Anne Bradstreet, a Puritan and the first female writer to be published in colonial New England, Philis Wheatley, a Boston slave and the first African-American female poet to be published, Walt Whitman, and Carl Sandburg.

The program will also feature two works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composers David Lang and Julia Wolfe. Lang's statement to the court uses the text from a speech given by American Socialist, Eugene Debs, to a court after he was found guilty for speaking against the American involvement in World War I. Wolfe's Thirst takes its text from the Old Testament book of Isaiah, and explores the metaphorical expressions of water and thirst.

Program
David Lang – statement to the court
Julia Wolfe – Thirst
Eric Malmquist – Blemish’d Muse (world premiere)

Allen Tinkham, CCO Music Director
Mark Tomasino, WPCS Music Director

TICKET PRICES: 

ADVANCE TICKET SALES END TODAY AT 1PM. Tickets will be available at the door!

$15 - ONLINE IN ADVANCE, $22 - AT THE DOOR, $15 for STUDENTS W/ VALID ID

*KIDS 12 & UNDER ARE FREE*

CCO Music Director, Allen Tinkham

CCO Music Director, Allen Tinkham

Conducted by Chicago Composers Orchestra's Music Director, Allen Tinkham

Click HERE for Allen's Bio.

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Elixir Lounge "Cocktails for a Cause" Fundraiser
Apr
10
4:00 PM16:00

Elixir Lounge "Cocktails for a Cause" Fundraiser

Join us for an early evening cocktail party at the brand new Elixir Lounge in Andersonville, where proceeds from drink purchases go to our choir and Chicago Composers Orchestra. Here is the special menu for the event. Be sure to try out our featured specialty cocktail "The Accidental" We hope to see you there!

The Menu ( Be sure to order off this menu so we get the proceeds!)

The Accidental - Larceny Bourbon, ginger-honey syrup, lemon, rosemary, red wine 'flat'

Moscow Mule - Aylesbury Duck Vodka, lime, ginger beer

Tom Collins - Hayman's Old Tom Gin, lemon, simple, soda

Daiquiri - Cana Brava Rum, lime, simple

Miller lite

Malma Pinot Noir

Cielo Pinot Grigio

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