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Wilkes Chorus to Perform Mozart Requiem with NEPA Philharmonic

On Friday, May 5, the Wilkes University Chorus will join the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania, and the Marywood University Concert Choir to perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem. Dr. Steven Thomas, Chair of the Division of Performing Arts, Director of Choral Activities, and Professor of Music at Wilkes University, is Chorus Master for the event.

The performance will take place at 8 p.m. at the Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre. Tickets are $31-$66 and are available at www.nepaphil.org.

The performance will be conducted by the Philharmonic’s Music Director, Lawrence Loh, who is completing his 12th season with the orchestra. Featured soloists are Meredith Lustig, soprano, Kaleigh Decker, Mezzo Soprano, Cameron Schutza, Tenor, and Matthew Scollin, Bass-Baritone. Also on the program is Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”). More information about the performance is available online at www.nepaphil.org.

Now celebrating its 45th season, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic was formed in 1972 through the merging of the Wilkes-Barre and Scranton Philharmonics. It is a fully professional symphony orchestra that services the entire northeast Pennsylvania corridor. Its annual concert season runs from July through May of each year, and includes Masterworks, Pops, and educational concerts. A nonprofit corporation governed by a Board of Directors, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic is considered one of the finest regional orchestras of its kind in the country, offering professional live symphonic performance to people of all ages.

In the past few years the Wilkes University Chorus has performed Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Rutter’s Gloria, Brahms’ Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, as well as programs marking the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor and celebrating the works of Shakespeare. The ensemble frequently collaborates with other musical organizations in Northeastern Pennsylvania, including the NEPA Philharmonic and the Arcadia Chorale, and has performed at many different academic and religious venues throughout the northeast. Next spring the ensemble will join with the Arcadia Chorale in a performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. The University Chorus is open to any member of the Wilkes University community, by audition.