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Wicker Park Choral Singers presents Eat, Drink, & Be Merry! (Chicago & NorthBrook, IL)

Location: Illinois, USA
Voicing: Mixed
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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