Chicago a cappella to Perform Pieces Composed by North Park Faculty

Chicago a cappella

At their upcoming concert, titled Holidays a cappella: The Season of Light, Chicago a cappella will perform pieces composed by two members of the North Park University School of Music faculty. The compositions are the result of the group's 15th Anniversary Commissioning Series. Rollo Dilworth, a prolific composer and arranger and the director of choral programs at the University, has written a new arrangement of the spiritual "Sistah Mary". The Season of Light will also feature "What Sweet Music," a work written by North Park music instructor Wayland Rogers especially for Chicago a cappella and debuted at the ensemble's very first concert in 1994.

Chicago a cappella has become known as one of the area's most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Spanning a repertoire from Gregorian chant to the Beatles and beyond, the group is acclaimed for its superb ensemble singing, fascinating programs, and intimate, engaging performances under founder and artistic director Jonathan Miller. The ensemble has recorded six CDs, and its 2005 release, Eclectric, was hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "an overflowing cornucopia of choral delights . . . a testament to Chicago's rich musical life."

Starting with the December 2 concert, The Season of Light will be performed on four dates in four different locations in early December. Details can be found at the Chicago a cappella web site.

More music by Chicago a cappella will be presented to the North Park community on March 1, 2008, when the ensemble performs as part of the University's Chamber Music at North Park series.