Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale's 'Wintersong' returns with a 'Merry and Bright' theme Dec. 3-4

  • The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale's annual "Wintersong" will return with "Merry and Bright" concerts on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-4.

    The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale's annual "Wintersong" will return with "Merry and Bright" concerts on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-4. Courtesy of Liz Farina Markel/Tipping Point Photography

 
 
Posted11/26/2021 10:38 PM

The Glen Ellyn Wheaton Chorale presents "Wintersong 2021: Merry and Bright" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at College Church, 335 E. Seminary in Wheaton.

Online tickets are $19, $17 for 62 or older, or $9 for students. A $1 online handling fee is included in the price of each ticket. Online sales at the advance ticket prices are available through Dec. 2. Tickets are the door are an additional $2.

 

For information or to purchase tickets, go to gewchorale.org or call (630) 415-3066.

All audience members will be required to wear masks while inside College Church. They are encouraging those who are not vaccinated to wait and join the chorale at a future performance.

The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale has been providing an eclectic mix of choral music for Chicago's western suburbs for more than 35 years. Everything from the classics to jazz to spirituals on the chorale's concert programs -- all performed by people who love to sing!

The chorale is home to 60-70 singers from a variety of backgrounds. Visit gewchorale.org or www.facebook.com/gewchorale/.

According to Music Director Jennifer Whiting's "Director's Notes," guest organist Kevin Lange will open the concert with Andrew Carter's glittering "Toccata on Veni Emmanuel," and the chorale will perform Rosephanye Powell's "The Word Was God."

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The concert will continue with Donald McCullough's "Canite Tuba" with prophetic texts from Joel and Isaiah.

A chorale favorite, "The Dream Isaiah Saw" offers a vision of the world made right. Glenn Rudolph was composing this piece when the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, took place. Percussion and timpani help to bring the song to its mighty conclusion.

You will not want to miss Craig Hella Johnson's tender setting of "Lo, How a Rose/The Rose" or Julian Wachner's sparkling arrangement of "Angels We Have Heard on High." Mac Willaert leads the ensemble in joyful and inspiring pieces by Ola Gjeilo, Judith Clurman, and Toby Young.

The program will wrap up with Christmas nostalgia and cheer, including "Jingle Bell Fantasy," "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," and a jazzy "Feliz Navidad."

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