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CHICAGO COMPOSERS ORCHESTRA CONCLUDES SIXTH SEASON WITH FIRST FULL LENGTH CHORAL COLLABORATION WITH THE WICKER PARK CHORAL SINGERS FEATURING A WORLD PREMIERE BY CHICAGO-BASED COMPOSER ERIC MALMQUIST AND WORKS BY DAVID LANG AND JULIA WOLFE.

Chicago, Illinois (April 14, 2016) – Chicago Composers Orchestra (CCO) presents Hymn to Humanity on Friday, May 13, 2016, 8:00 p.m. at St. James Cathedral, 65 E. Huron St. This concert marks the first full-length collaboration between CCO and the Wicker Park Choral Singers. The program features Blemish’d Muse, a world premiere by Chicago-based composer Eric Malmquist, as well as David Lang’s statement to the court, and Julia Wolfe’s Thirst.

“This performance is comprised of works combining voices and instruments with texts dedicated to various forms of social justice,” comments CCO co-Artistic Director, Brian Baxter, “and we are delighted to be collaborating with the Wicker Park Choral Singers to cap off our sixth season.” Founded in 2008, the Wicker Park Choral Singers is an all-volunteer ensemble dedicated to building community through choral music. The choir performs repertoire spanning eight centuries in venues across Chicago and the surrounding area.

Eric Malmquist is a Chicago-based composer whose music draws from modern styles, blended with the influence of historical themes and early music. Featured on this program is the world premiere of his work Blemish’d Muse, which was commissioned by the Wicker Park Choral Singers. The texts of Blemish’d Muse draw from the works of Anne Bradstreet, a Puritan and the first female writer to be published in colonial New England, Philis Wheatley, a Boston slave and the first African-American female poet to be published, Walt Whitman, and Carl Sandburg.

David Lang won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music for The Little Match Girl Passion. statement to the court was written for Philadelphia-based chamber choir The Crossing under the direction of Donald Nally in 2010. In the work, Lang uses the text from a speech given by 19th century American Socialist Eugene Debs to a court after he was found guilty for speaking against the American involvement in World War I.

Julia Wolfe was awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for her oratorio Anthracite Fields, and is a co-founder, along with David Lang, of the New York based contemporary classical music ensemble, Bang on a Can. Thirst takes its text from the Old Testament book of Isaiah, and explores the metaphorical expressions of water and thirst. It was written as Part IV of a larger eight-part compositional collaboration with Lang and Michael Gordon entitled Water.

In 2008, two years after receiving his Bachelors of Music Composition from Illinois Wesleyan University, Mark Tomasino founded the Wicker Park Choral Singers in search of a post-collegiate choral community. Since that day, he has programmed and directed over fifty performances throughout the Chicagoland area, taking the stage in famed local venues such as Preston Bradley Hall, Symphony Center, 4th Presbyterian Church, and Millennium Park. With WPCS, he has made multiple television and radio appearances, including WGN Morning News, WFMT 98.7 FM, Good Day Chicago, and the final season of the Oprah Winfrey Show. A fierce advocate for new music, Tomasino has conducted several world premieres and continues to seek out new works and collaborations to further the choral art.

In addition to Illinois Wesleyan University, Tomasino has studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in the Netherlands and completed courses from Westminster Choir College of Rider University.  His conducting mentors and inspirations include J. Scott Ferguson, Laura Lane, James Jordan, and Donald Nally. Outside of music, Tomasino works as a Solutions Architect for CareerBuilder and enjoys spending time traveling outdoors with his wife and two rescue dogs.

Chicago Composers Orchestra’s Music Director Allen Tinkham is recognized as one of the most gifted conductors and teachers of his generation. He is hailed by The Chicago Tribune as one of Chicago’s most important “educators, mentors and inspirational guides in the training of tomorrow’s orchestral professionals,” working “wonders” in concerts performed at a “professional level.”

Tinkham has won nine ASCAP Awards for the Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music with CYSO, and has premiered many works with CYSO of such composers as Daron Aric Hagen, Gabriel Prokofiev, Augusta Read Thomas, and Marc-Anthony Turnage.

Other recent guest appearances include the Colorado Symphony and the Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He is also on faculty at the New York Summer Music Festival and the Columbia College of Chicago, and is in high demand as a guest conductor and teacher, having conducted at All-State festival orchestras and summer festivals across the country.

Prior to his appointment in Chicago, Tinkham served as Apprentice Conductor of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, where he mentored under Music Director James DePreist. He also served for many years as a cover conductor at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Tinkham received the Bachelor of Music with Distinction in a Double Major of Theory and Double Bass from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music from the University of Michigan in Orchestral Conducting. Tinkham’s principal teachers include David Effron, Murry Sidlin, and Kenneth Kiesler. He has also studied with David Zinman and James DePreist.

The Chicago Composers Orchestra (CCO) is a 40-member concert orchestra that performs and advocates for contemporary music. The CCO presents the music of living composers; takes risks in order to innovate and cultivate musical creativity; and engages listeners through vibrant, imaginative, affordable, and welcoming programs. Launched in 2010 by a team of performers, composers, and community members, the CCO has since produced over 35 concerts and educational programs, worked with over 45 living composers, and presented over 35 world premieres. Visit their website at http://www.chicagocomposersorchestra.org/.

“…CCO fills a gaping void on the local music scene and serves a crucial, much-needed mission in Chicago.” – Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago Classical Review

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For press inquiries, please email Kathryn J Allwine Bacasmot at kathryn.bacasmot@chicagocomposersorchestra.org
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