The Oak Park Concert Chorale, Paul Lindblad, Director, Presents “A cappella Joy” Spring Concert

March 23rd, 2007 in the Press Release
By: Oak Park Concert Chorale

Oak Park, IL. – March 15, 2007 -- The Oak Park Concert Chorale (OPCC), led by director Paul Lindblad, will present two concerts to celebrate the art of a cappella choral singing.

The “A cappella” Joy concerts will take place Saturday, April 14, 2007 at 7:00 pm, at The Arts Center Home to the Hemingway Museum, 200 North Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, IL and Saturday April 28, 2007 at 7:00 pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 7300 West Division Street, River Forest, IL. General Admission for both concerts is $15; Seniors/Students $10. Children age 5 and younger are free. Group discounts are available. To order tickets, call (708) 383 – 4742 , email or visit our website at

OPCC remains dedicated to performing varied, exciting and innovative music. Come join us for a concert featuring many a cappella choral gems. The centerpiece of our concert will be the world premier performance of Carl Schalk’s Scenes from the New Testament. This series of delightful motets pairs Gospel texts with reflective poetry by Jill Peláez Baumgaertner. This work will be book ended by magnificent music from the pen of Herbert Howells. From Hungary and Scandinavia to the English Cathedrals and North and Latin America the concert will span 500 years and encompass music from seven nations.

OPCC is proud to present the premier performance of a new major work by Melrose Park composer Carl Schalk. Dr Schalk is Distinguished Professor of Music Emeritus at Concordia University, River Forest, IL. Schalk's choral compositions and hymn settings for congregational use are widely used in many denominations. He has written over eighty hymn tunes and carols, many of which appear in more than thirty denominational hymnals in the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia.

Original lyrics used for the composition were created by poet Jill Peláez Baumgaertner. Dr. Baumgaertner is the Dean of Humanities and Theological Studies and Professor of English at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL where she has been a member of the faculty since 1980. She has published several poems and books of poetry and serves as the poetry editor of The Christian Century.

The concert will also feature high school organ prodigy Andrew Schaeffer. A senior at Luther North High School in Chicago, Andrew has been performing with OPCC since the fall of 2004, and plans to attend St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN in the fall.

We invite you to share with us this thrilling and inspirational concert! It will be an evening to remember.

About Oak Park Concert Chorale: One of the Midwest's leading choral ensembles featuring both a cappella and accompanied performances. The Chorale is comprised of a diverse group of individuals that embrace their differences of age, ethnicity, and culture. Our members come from as far east as Hungary and from as far south as St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Led by Director Paul Lindblad, the chorale consists of approximately 30 singers who offer highly artistic performances of varied and exciting choral music.

General Admission is $15; Seniors/Students $10. Children age 5 and younger are free. Group discounts are available. To order tickets, call (708) 383 – 4742 or email Visit our website at

The Oak Park Concert Chorale, a 501(c)3 not for profit organization, is partially sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and is partially funded by the Oak Park Area Arts Council, in partnership with the Villages of Oak Park, Forest Park and River Forest, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency

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