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Wicker Park Choral Singers presents Angels & Demons

Location: Illinois, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
 Wicker Park Choral Singers presents Angels and Demons


CHICAGO (May 27, 2010) – Explore the contrast between good and evil as depicted in choral music by attending Angels and Demons, Wicker Park Choral Singers’ third and final program of the 2009-2010 season. Three free performances will be given:


  • Wednesday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Wicker Park Lutheran Church, 1502 N. Hoyne Avenue, Chicago
    • Saturday, July 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1145 N. 5th Avenue, St. Charles
  • Monday, July 12 at 12:15 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center in Preston Bradley Hall, 78 East Washington, Chicago (Encore performance – program will differ slightly due to time constraints)

All three performances of Angels and Demons are free and open to the public.  Guests are invited to make a donation to support the ensemble.


Angels and Demons brings together diverse choral selections that span sentiments, continents, languages and composition styles. “The image we all have of the angelic choir singing through the clouds is beautiful, but it’s just one end of the spectrum that choral music explores,” said Mark Tomasino, WPCS President and Artistic Director. “On the other side, there’s a wealth of literature that’s actually quite treacherous.”


Among those treacherous selections are György Orbán’s Daemon Irrepit Callidus and Jaako Mäntyjärvi’s Double, Double Toil and Trouble, a setting of the witches’ incantation from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Angelic influences come from composers as varied as Rachmaninoff and Billy Joel, and include the world premiere of Angelus, the choir’s first commissioned piece by Chicago composer Eric Malmquist.

“We’ve had a lot of fun reveling in and bringing motion to the angelic side, and toying with that darker side, which is at times almost playful,” said Tomasino. “I think the two are even more tantalizing when juxtaposed so closely.”


 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 is a 36-member ensemble of diverse professional Chicagoans with energetic and passionate voices dedicated to infusing choral music of the highest standard into the Wicker Park neighborhood and surrounding communities. The ensemble’s diverse choral repertoire ranges from sacred Renaissance motets to contemporary works of today’s foremost composers.

 

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