Letter from the Music Director
I am excited to announce to you the Arcadia Chorale’s 2017-2018 concert season!
We begin the season with Visions of America, an exploration of the American choral tradition from its early beginnings with William Billings, through 20th-century masters such as Aaron Copland and Howard Hanson, to the great diversity of contemporary composers, including Alice Parker, Morten Lauridsen, Moses Hogan, and Eric Whitacre. For our Christmas concert, entitled Christmas Joy, we’re presenting music for chorus, brass, and organ. The program features Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata, as well as the opportunity to sing along with the Chorale on several traditional Christmas carols.
In my freshman year of college, my future path in choral music was set when I sang in a performance of one of the greatest works in all of western music: J. S. Bach’s monumental St. Matthew Passion. It was a formative experience for me, and in some ways I have been preparing to conduct the piece ever since. This, finally, is the year, as the Chorale joins with the Wilkes University Chorus and the Arcadia Festival Orchestra to perform Bach’s great masterpiece on this year’s NEPA Bach Festival. Our season then concludes with a celebration of one of the great singers of the 20th century, as we present A Salute to Sinatra.
Please join us as we continue to bring great choral music to Northeast Pennsylvania!
Steven Thomas, Music Director