Letter from the Music Director

Dear Friend of Choral Music,

It is a great pleasure to announce Arcadia Chorale’s 2019-2020 concert season!

What is the inspiration for choral music? Is it poetry? Is it a melodic musical line? Harmony? Something else? Johannes Brahms, Vincent Persichetti, and Randall Thompson explore these questions with their music. The Arcadia Chorale is excited to perform the Liebeslieder Waltzer (Brahms), Frostiana (Thompson) and Four Choruses (Persichetti) for its opening concert. The blend of text painting and vocal lines alone will treat our audience with a breathtaking and invigorating fall concert.

Our Christmas concert, A European Christmas, focuses on music from Eastern and Western Europe. Austrian, German, Polish, French, Spanish and Ukranian carols will be represented in this beautiful holiday concert. The program will feature Benjamin’s Britten’s Ceremony of Carols accompanied by harp. We’ll also invite the audience to join us in singing several traditional Christmas carols.

This year’s Bach Festival includes an organ concert with Mark Laubach and a chamber music concert featuring members of the Arcadia Festival Orchestra celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday. The Festival concludes with the Chorale’s performance of Bach’s motet Jesu, meine Freude, Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir, and Händel’s Dettingem Te Deum. Our season comes to a close as we present The American Songbook, a celebration of great American composers through song.

Please join us as we continue to bring great choral music to Northeast Pennsylvania!


Matthew Rupcich

Interim Music Director