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Wicker Park Choral Singers presents Star of Wonder

Location: Illinois, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
Have you ever pondered our innate human tendency to look up at the sky?  ' third season opening program searches for answers through music with Star of Wonder. Two performances will be given: 
  • Saturday, December 4 at 3:00 p.m. at Wicker Park Lutheran Church, 1502 N. Hoyne Avenue, Chicago
  • Sunday, December 5 at 4:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church 425 Laurel Ave. Highland Park, IL
Both Star of Wonder performances are free and open to the public.  Donations are welcome.

While many of the pieces on the program highlight the Christmas season's most famous star, the Star of Bethlehem, the underlying theme of the concert explores the aspects of light and sky in a broader sense.  "We, as human beings, instinctually look up to the sky, often times in search of answers or guidance.  Similarly, stars are associated with helping one find their way in the dark.  The chosen repertoire allows us to approach the story of the Christmas Star from a variety of unique angles, which is something we enjoy," says Mark Tomasino, WPCS President and Artistic Director.
 
Star of Wonder will unfold a luminous tale to audience members with a wide range of pieces, including The Three Kings by Healey Willan, There Shall a Star from Jacob by Felix Mendelssohn, O nata lux de lumine by Thomas Tallis, Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre, and Gladsome Light from Rachmaninoff's Vespers.

"Portraying the mystery and beauty of light is something that composers have tried to do throughout all of history, and our choir has the privilege of ringing in the holiday season by performing a rich sampling of these beautiful works," says Tomasino.
 
WickerParkChoral 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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