Wintersong 2020: A Virtual Christmas Concert
We hope you'll join us on Friday, December 11 for this year's virtual rendition of our annual Wintersong concert! Below is a sampling of one of the pieces we've been working on, with some thoughts from our Director, Greg Wheatley. We look forward to sharing the music of Christmas with you!
Welcome to the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale
The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale has been providing an eclectic mix of choral music for Chicago's western suburbs for more than 30 years. You'll find 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. Our goal is to enjoy and appreciate the gift we have in music, and to bring that gift to you in our concerts. We hope to see you in our audience very soon!
A Note from Our Director
Greetings, friends of the GEWC!
One of the most memorable and poignant images to emerge from the early days of the worldwide COVID pandemic was that of people gathered on their balconies, singing to one another. One video, shared on Twitter in March, just a few weeks after the outbreak, showed people in the Italian town of Siena, filling the streets with their socially distanced voices.
Singing is ingrained in the human spirit. In these difficult times, when so much seems to be so disrupted, we still find ways to express ourselves in song. That has been true of so many choral ensembles around the world, and it has been true of the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale. While COVID has meant that we have been unable to meet for in-person rehearsals and concerts, the Chorale has been meeting virtually in our regular Tuesday evening time slot. The singing isn't the way we'd like, of course. But we still can sing, and we can stay connected with one another.
We in the Chorale love Christmas! And we love the music of Christmas! This year, we are sorely missing our opportunity to see you at our annual Wintersong Christmas concerts. But we want to invite you to join us for Wintersong 2020 virtual style! The Chorale and Ensemble have been working on producing some virtual choir pieces which allow us to sing "together but from our own homes." How's that for a paradox? We'll present these virtual pieces and some in-person favorites from our video archives on Friday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. CT. You'll be able to watch free of charge from the comfort of your own home. After that initial release, the video will remain available for your viewing through Christmas and beyond.
I hope you'll plan to join us for Wintersong 2020: A Virtual Christmas Concert! Look for further details in the coming days right here on our website. And please help us spread the word to your friends and family around the world!
Musical Director, Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale