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Reading Choral Society, Bucks County Choral Society Collaborate for Revelations

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Reading Choral Society, Bucks County Choral Society Collaborate for Revelations

Under the direction of RCS Music Director, Dr. Graham Bier, and Thomas Lloyd, BCCS Artistic Director. Reading Choral Society (RCS) and Bucks County Choral Society (BCCS) will combine for performances of Dominick Argento’s rarely performed Revelation of St. John Divine for tenors and basses, Reena Esmail’s Recently composed I Rise: Women in Song for sopranos and altos, and Randall Thompson’s Alleluia. Two concerts will be presented on November 4th in Reading and on November 6th in Doylestown. Tenor, Timothy Bentsch will be the tenor soloist for the Revelation. Tickets may be ordered through their websites. and

Friday, November 4th Tickets: $15 in advance / $20 at door; Students $10.

Tickets may be ordered online through RCS website.

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.

The Bucks County Choral Society, founded in 1973 in Doylestown, PA is celebrating its 50th anniversary season as one of the leading symphonic choirs in the greater Philadelphia area. The 70+ voice auditioned choir performs an extensive repertoire of music in several distinctive program genres in its annual four-program subscription series. Dr. Thomas Lloyd has served as Artistic Director since 2000. Under Lloyd’s leadership, the choir has collaborated with over 30 choral and instrumental ensembles encompassing a full range of cultural, generational, and stylistic diversity both regionally and in tours to Europe and Latin America. The choir presents not only the standard choral/orchestral repertoire, but rare performances of neglected masterworks by major composers such as Elgar’s The Apostles, Franck’s The Beatitudes, and Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony. The choir has also developed a following for performances of recent works by living composers and special programs devoted to the African-American Spirituals and sacred jazz in the tradition of Ellington.