Pilgrim Festival Chorus Launches 20th Anniversary Celebration with Mozart Masterwork Concerts

2019-04-27 19:30 2019-04-27 22:30 America/New_York Pilgrim Festival Chorus Launches 20th Anniversary Celebration with Mozart Masterwork Concerts Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC), the South Shore’s principal non-profit community chorus, launches its two-decade anniversary celebration this spring featuring a choral masterwork in a Mozart Requiem concert on Saturday, April 27, 7:30 pm at St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Rte. 3A, Plymouth. The chorus is directed by founding Co-Artistic Directors William B. Richter, conductor and Elizabeth Chapman Reilly, accompanist. The concerts feature a 20-piece professional orchestra. Pilgrim Festival Chorus celebrates its 20-year milestone of celebrating the world’s great choral music with two performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem, one of the best-known choral pieces ever composed, and a setting of England’s Poet Laureate John Dryden’s poem, A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day, by Massachusetts composer Clifton J. Noble. The work, which celebrates the important role music plays in our lives, was commissioned by the Assabet Valley Mastersingers in 1998 as a companion piece to their performance of the Requiem. “None of us knew that founding this chorus would lead to two decades of incredible choral music making,” shares Richter. “The collaboration that Elizabeth and I have enjoyed has exceeded any expectation that we imagined early on, and we’re only 20 years into this! I can’t wait for all the experiences and performances that touch the lives of so many singers and audiences that is yet to come!” Programming the Mozart to mark this important anniversary demonstrates Pilgrim Festival Chorus’s level of musical maturity. “It can take a long time for a group to be ready to perform a complex work like the Requiem,” says Reilly. “For the last twenty years, we’ve intentionally programmed increasingly complex repertoire that has helped our singers grow to the point where they can perform great works, both old and new.” Four professional soloists were selected from a talented pool of recent vocal performance college graduates, giving them the opportunity to expand their professional experience and grow their classical resume. The vocal quartet includes Rachel Burke, soprano, Marissa Plati, mezzo-soprano, Fran Rogers, tenor and Justin Parish, bass. Three accomplished Scituate High School instrumental students join the ranks of the orchestra, offering them the opportunity to play with seasoned professionals. The orchestra also features two basset horn players that add to the flavor of authenticity in the concert. The basset horn, popular in the 18th century, was a favorite instrument of Mozart’s. Retired Scituate music educator and professional clarinetist Jennifer Gilman is embracing the opportunity to play the instrument in this orchestra in order to perform alongside Diane Heffner, a basset horn expert with several professional regional orchestras. Pilgrim Festival Chorus is an auditioned choral group with 80 active members representing all skill levels, dedicated to the performance of choral music in many genres. Cultivating a passion for classical and choral music in audiences is central to its mission. The ensemble typically performs major concerts in the winter and spring each season. Pilgrim Festival Singers, a PFC offshoot ensemble, performs an annual summer concert series of lighter music, and occasionally sings at local community events. Tickets to the Mozart Requiem are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $15 for students over 14. Children age 14 and under are admitted for free. Scituate Public School students up to age 14 are admitted for free by reservation, and special discounted tickets are available for Scituate families available only by online advance purchase, supporting PFC’s mission to increase access to the professional performances of classical and contemporary masterworks. Tickets sold at the door do not qualify for discounts. All tickets are available at pilgrimfestivalchorus.org and from PFC members. To reserve tickets by phone, please call Gail at (781) 826-8416. Limited tickets will be available at the door, as venue capacity allows. For more information, please visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook. Plymouth Pilgrim Festival Chorus holly.nighelli@gmail.com
Saturday, April 27, 2019 -
7:30pm to 10:30pm
Presented By: 
Pilgrim Festival Chorus
Cost Range: 
$15.00-$20.00

Tickets to the Mozart Requiem are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $15 for students over 14. Children age 14 and under are admitted for free.

Pilgrim Festival Chorus (PFC), the South Shore’s principal non-profit community chorus, launches its two-decade anniversary celebration this spring featuring a choral masterwork in a Mozart Requiem concert on Saturday, April 27, 7:30 pm at St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road, Rte. 3A, Plymouth. The chorus is directed by founding Co-Artistic Directors William B. Richter, conductor and Elizabeth Chapman Reilly, accompanist. The concerts feature a 20-piece professional orchestra.

Pilgrim Festival Chorus celebrates its 20-year milestone of celebrating the world’s great choral music with two performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem, one of the best-known choral pieces ever composed, and a setting of England’s Poet Laureate John Dryden’s poem, A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day, by Massachusetts composer Clifton J. Noble. The work, which celebrates the important role music plays in our lives, was commissioned by the Assabet Valley Mastersingers in 1998 as a companion piece to their performance of the Requiem.

“None of us knew that founding this chorus would lead to two decades of incredible choral music making,” shares Richter. “The collaboration that Elizabeth and I have enjoyed has exceeded any expectation that we imagined early on, and we’re only 20 years into this! I can’t wait for all the experiences and performances that touch the lives of so many singers and audiences that is yet to come!”

Programming the Mozart to mark this important anniversary demonstrates Pilgrim Festival Chorus’s level of musical maturity. “It can take a long time for a group to be ready to perform a complex work like the Requiem,” says Reilly. “For the last twenty years, we’ve intentionally programmed increasingly complex repertoire that has helped our singers grow to the point where they can perform great works, both old and new.”

Four professional soloists were selected from a talented pool of recent vocal performance college graduates, giving them the opportunity to expand their professional experience and grow their classical resume. The vocal quartet includes Rachel Burke, soprano, Marissa Plati, mezzo-soprano, Fran Rogers, tenor and Justin Parish, bass.

Three accomplished Scituate High School instrumental students join the ranks of the orchestra, offering them the opportunity to play with seasoned professionals. The orchestra also features two basset horn players that add to the flavor of authenticity in the concert. The basset horn, popular in the 18th century, was a favorite instrument of Mozart’s. Retired Scituate music educator and professional clarinetist Jennifer Gilman is embracing the opportunity to play the instrument in this orchestra in order to perform alongside Diane Heffner, a basset horn expert with several professional regional orchestras.

Pilgrim Festival Chorus is an auditioned choral group with 80 active members representing all skill levels, dedicated to the performance of choral music in many genres. Cultivating a passion for classical and choral music in audiences is central to its mission. The ensemble typically performs major concerts in the winter and spring each season. Pilgrim Festival Singers, a PFC offshoot ensemble, performs an annual summer concert series of lighter music, and occasionally sings at local community events.

Tickets to the Mozart Requiem are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $15 for students over 14. Children age 14 and under are admitted for free. Scituate Public School students up to age 14 are admitted for free by reservation, and special discounted tickets are available for Scituate families available only by online advance purchase, supporting PFC’s mission to increase access to the professional performances of classical and contemporary masterworks. Tickets sold at the door do not qualify for discounts. All tickets are available at pilgrimfestivalchorus.org and from PFC members. To reserve tickets by phone, please call Gail at (781) 826-8416. Limited tickets will be available at the door, as venue capacity allows.

For more information, please visit pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.

Address: 
St. Bonaventure Parish
803 State Road, Rte. 3A
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: 781- 826-8416