As a celebration of singing together again Reading Choral Society, under the direction of RCS Music Director, Dr. Graham Bier, Reading Choral Society (RCS) will perform the great “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi, accompanied by chamber orchestra. It will be paired with Cecil Effinger’s exquisite “Four Pastorales” for choir and oboe.
After a year of virtual and recorded performances, Reading Choral Society is happy to once again be able to sing for a live audience! The concert will be held Sunday, May 9th, 4pm, at the Grove at the Reading Liederkranz, which is an outdoor venue. Singers will be wearing masks and will be socially distanced from each other & the audience. The audience will also be asked to wear masks. The Liederkranz will have both their food and beverage stands open during and after the concert.
Founded in 1875, the Reading Choral Society has a long and proud tradition of presenting vocal music, particularly symphonic choir masterworks, but also exploring and interpreting other genres. Under the energetic and nurturing leadership of Dr. Bier, our twelfth Music Director, the organization seeks to continue to pursue its mission to perform, foster, and advance choral music with a balance between honoring our heritage and looking to the future. Its educational programs now encompass regular performances with invited local high school and college choirs. While continuing the tradition of programming master choral works, the Society has expanded its repertory to include the more frequent performance and commissioning of new music and the exploration of more “popular” literature, like folksongs, spirituals, and musical theater.
The Reading Choral Society is comprised now, as it has always been, of dedicated semi-professional singers from all walks of life with no minimum or maximum age. Determined to present the highest caliber musical performances possible, the Society rehearses weekly in a professional atmosphere, fulfilling the lives of its members by immersing them in great music, and through RCS performances enriching and enlivening the musical life of the greater Reading community.
Tickets: In place of tickets, RCS will be accepting a donation at the door -pricing is PWYC (pay what you can) with a suggested price of $10-$20. For more information, please check the RCS website.