Live in Concert: Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein
"Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein" appears as the last movement of J. S. Bach's masterful Johannes Passion (St. John's Passion). The text expresses both a plea for rest and the longing for exalted joy. Arcadia Chorale is joined by members of the Arcadia Festival Orchestra in this performance from a May 2022 Memorial Concert for our late Music Director, Steven Thomas, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre.
Live in Concert: There Will Be Rest
Frank Ticheli's setting of Sara Teasdale's poetry reflects "the music of stillness holy and low" in rich chords and slow tempi before pushing ahead in a determined declaration that existence is subject to one's own devising. The piece leaves the listener hopeful that "the crystal of peace" is not only discoverable, but within reach. In this recording, Arcadia Chorale is joined by our friends, The Lyric Consort, in a performance of "There Will Be Rest" at a May 2022 Memorial Concert for our late Music Director, Steven Thomas, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre.
Live in Concert: Abendlied
Josef Rheinberger composed "Abendlied" at the young age of 15. The piece is a favorite among choral singers for its soaring melodies and tender harmonies, both serving the simple request to "stay with us, for night is falling and the day is ending." Here, Arcadia Chorale performs "Abendlied" at a Spring 2022 Memorial Concert for our late Music Director, Steven Thomas, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre.
And So It Goes
Arcadia Chorale performs Bob Chilcott's arrangement of "And So It Goes" by Billy Joel. Written in 1983, this emotional ballad – which many proclaim as Joel's best work – was written about a doomed relationship. In the lyrics, however, Joel speaks of opening his heart to the love and loss we all may experience during any transition in life. This project was made in partnership with Carl Shinko of Longfooter Productions.
Live in Concert: The Wexford Carol
Arcadia Chorale performs Elaine Hagenberg's beautiful setting of the Wexford Carol at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Scranton as part of our 2021 Christmas Concert program.
Live in Concert: Angelus ad pastores ait
Like many Renaissance and early Baroque composers, Hassler composed a setting of this text depicting angels announcing the birth of Jesus to the shepherds. The Chorale performed this piece at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Scranton as part of our 2021 Christmas Concert program.
How Can I Keep from Singing?
Randall Stroope's stunning arrangement of Robert Lowry's original hymn tune is rich, joyous, and also quietly reflective. Throughout the pandemic, the Chorale found safe ways to keep “singing, singing, singing,” including this project, made in partnership with Carl Shinko of Longfooter Productions.
Video Postcard: My Spirit Sang All Day
The Chorale released this video postcard, featuring Finzi's "My Spirit Sang All Day," in Fall 2020 to give our supporters a little bit of choral music as the world tried to manage the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Since no in-person singing was allowed, we pulled audio from our CD, Love Songs, which we had prepared under the direction of our late Music Director, Dr. Steven Thomas.