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Bucks Choral Society, Riverside Symphonia present Berlioz’s “Requiem”



Bucks County Choral Society joins forces with the Riverside Symphonia (pictured) at 4 p.m. March 18, at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Doylestown.

For its spring concert, the Bucks County Choral Society joins forces with the Riverside Symphonia in presenting Hector Berlioz’s “Requiem” at 4 p.m. March 18, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Doylestown.

Audience members will be treated to the musical experience of “powerful drama and quiet reflection.”

“Anyone who has attended an all-too-rare live performance of the ‘Berlioz Requiem’ will tell you that it can be a transformative experience like none other,” said Bucks County Choral Society Artistic Director Thomas Lloyd.

“This is especially the case when the performance takes places in a sacred space like the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe that is large enough to encompass the four choirs of brass and timpani surrounding the audience and yet small enough to allow the audience to hear clearly and even feel the many passages for the chorus alone or with only a handful of instruments.

“There are both moments of overwhelming power and extended passages of sublime serenity and beauty. This is a truly remarkable piece, and if our tagline, ‘The Power of Live Performance,’ means anything, this will be a very special event, and in fact a first in the musical life of Bucks County.”

Guest soloist Dann Coakwell, featured in the “Sanctus” movement of the “Requiem,” holds an Artist Diploma in Vocal Performance from the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, a Master of Music degree from Texas Tech University, and Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ticket information is at buckschoral.org or 800-838-3006. The Bucks County Choral Society offer free admission to this and all concerts for holders of EBT/Access cards.

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