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Performances & Events


Welcome!

The 43rd season of the Bucks County Choral Society is, in many senses, a season of journey. In October, joined for the first time by the full Keystone State Boychoir, we will follow the traditional Mass as it makes its pilgrimage around the world and is changed by each new place in which it takes root. We’ll return "home" for our Christmas concerts featuring the music of two American composers and the PA Girls Choir. For our annual choral/orchestral concert, with the Riverside Symphonia and six internationally acclaimed soloists, we’ll be "bringing home" from England the Philadelphia premiere of Edward Elgar’s late romantic masterwork The Apostles. We conclude the season returning to a unique form of American “roots” music: our vibrant and ongoing musical theater tradition with two favorites of the Philadelphia and national theater scene, Krissy Fraelich and Jim Hogan.

We hope you'll join us as we share snapshots from across five continents of music both traditional and new, as we honor its roots and explore its many branches.

All concerts will be performed at either Our Lady of Guadalupe Church or the Life Sciences Auditorium at Delaware Valley University. Please see each individual concert page or the list below for that performance venue.


2015 - 2016 Concert Season (43rd)

 

Music from Around the World:
Four Continents, One Mass

with:

the Keystone State Boychoir,
Joseph Fitzmartin and Steven Fisher, directors

Sunday, October 25th, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets: $23 in advance, $28 at the door

Along with the Keystone State Boychoir under the direction of Joseph Fitzmartin and Steven Fisher, we will present a composite traditional Latin Mass, built from the seeds sown by the church in far corners of the world. We'll begin with the warm, spare Kyrie of young Baltic composer Ola Gjeilo, after which we'll travel to South America for the distinctly Argentine Gloria from Ariel Ramirez's Misa Criolla. The melody for our Sanctus, part of the Missa Luba, comes from the Congo, and the Agnus Dei, by Australian composer Stephen Leek, has clear references to Aboriginal rhythms and instruments. In place of the Credo we return to Eastern Europe for Henryk Gorecki's iconic Totus Tuus, written, fittingly, for a pilgrimage -- one Pope John Paul II made to his native Poland.

This concert will be performed at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church located at the junction of Route 413 and Cold Spring Creamery Road in Doylestown, PA.

 

Edward Elgar, THE APOSTLES

(first complete performance in the Philadelphia region)

with the Riverside Symphonia

Featuring:
Sally Wolf as Mary, Mother of Jesus
Suzanne DuPlantis as Mary Magdalene
Daniel Teadt as Jesus
Kevin Deas as Judas Iscariot

Sunday, April 10th, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets: $23 in advance, $28 at the door

The Choral Society is proud to bring to the Philadelphia region for the first time this rarely performed 1903 masterpiece by the greatest English composer of the Romantic era. The Apostles is a large-scale dramatic work, opening when Jesus first calls the Apostles and finishing with his charge to them to establish the first church. Along with Elgar's full range of mystical and glorious choral writing, the characters of Mary Magdalene and Judas are given deeply penetrating and profoundly moving scenes. With a stellar cast of internationally acclaimed soloists and the outstanding Riverside Symphonia, this promises to be a very special performance not to be missed.

This concert will be performed at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church located at the junction of Route 413 and Cold Spring Creamery Road in Doylestown, PA.

An American Christmas

with the Fairmount Brass Quintet
and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, Vincent Metallo, director

Saturday, December 12th, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 13th, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets: $23 in advance, $28 at the door

In contrast to the geographic breadth of our October concert, for our holiday offering we will concentrate on the depth of American tradition, as we present Gwyneth Walker's Appalachian Carols and Philadelphia composer Donald St. Pierre's In the Company of Angels, a setting of carols from the American Swedenborgian tradition. Joining the Choral Society again this year is the Fairmount Brass Quintet, along with the Pennsylvania Girlchoir under the direction of Vincent Metallo.

This concert will be performed at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church located at the junction of Route 413 and Cold Spring Creamery Road in Doylestown, PA.

 

A Celebration of American Musical Theater

Featuring Krissy Fraelich and Jim Hogan

Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 5th, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets: $23 in advance, $28 at the door

The Choral Society finishes its season with a return to the United States -- this time to Broadway, for our biennial celebration of the unique music of the American musical theater. In the intimacy of the new auditorium at Delaware Valley University, you will hear not only favorites from the canon of Rodgers, Kern, Porter, and Sondheim, but exciting new voices writing scores where music is again at the heart of the drama.

This concert will be performed at the Life Sciences Auditorium at Delaware Valley University located at the junction of East Butler Ave. and New Britain Road in Doylestown, PA.

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