Letter from the Music Director

Dear Friend of Choral Music,

It is a great pleasure to announce the Arcadia Chorale’s 2018–2019 concert season!

For as long as there has been poetry and music to set it to, the topic of love has inspired poets and composers. The pursuit of love, the joy of love found, the heartbreak of love lost — the Chorale explores this rich tradition in our fall concert, entitled Love Songs. For those of you who have been clamoring for the Chorale to do another recording, you’re in luck: we will record this program and release it later this season!

Our Christmas concert, The Song of a Rose, focuses on the symbol of the Virgin Mary as a rose without thorns. The program will feature pieces using this imagery, including Bob Chilcott’s “The Rose in the Middle of Winter” and settings of “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” and “There is no Rose of Such Virtue.” We’ll also invite the audience to join us in singing several traditional Christmas carols.

This year’s Bach Festival includes an organ concert by Brenda Lynne Leach and a chamber music concert featuring members of the Arcadia Festival Orchestra performing music of Biber, Bach and Elgar. The Festival concludes with the Chorale’s performance of Bach’s Cantata No. 21, Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, and Joseph Haydn’s dramatic Paukenmesse. Our season comes to a close as we present Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song, a celebration of one of the great American jazz vocalists.

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

Steven Thomas
Music Director

Download the 2018-19 Season Brochure