Wilkes University


Arcadia Chorale and Wilkes Choral Ensembles Share "Christmas Joy"

Arcadia Chorale will join with the Wilkes University Choral Ensembles to present CHRISTMAS JOY: Music for Chorus, Brass and Organ, on Saturday Dec. 2 and Sunday, Dec. 3. 

Saturday’s performance will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s performance will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Scranton at 3 p.m. 

Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and WVIA members, and free for students.

The program features seasonal works for choir, brass ensemble and organ, including Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata and pieces by Andrew Carter, Herbert Howells, Giovanni Gabrieli, Tomás Luis de Victoria, and Irving Berlin. Also on the program are arrangements of traditional Christmas carols, which the audience is invited to join in singing, including “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “The First Nowell” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” The program will be conducted by Dr. Steven Thomas, who is Music Director of the Arcadia Chorale and Director of Choral Activities at Wilkes University.

Both the Wilkes University Chorus and the Wilkes University Chamber Singers will perform on the concert. The University Chorus is the University’s largest choral ensemble, and is open to any member of the Wilkes community, by audition. Recent repertoire includes Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Brahms’ Requiem, and a variety of shorter works. The University Chorus will join the Arcadia Chorale again in March for a performance of J. S. Bach’s monumental St. Matthew Passion. The Chamber Singers is the University’s select vocal ensemble, and is open to any student member of the Wilkes University Chorus, by audition. The Chamber Singers typically perform a wide range of a cappella repertoire, from Renaissance to contemporary music.

The Arcadia Chorale is one of Northeast Pennsylvania’s premier musical organizations and has served the region with choral concerts of the highest quality for 40 years. The Chorale has received critical acclaim for performances of works ranging from the Renaissance to the present. The Music Director of the Chorale is Dr. Steven Thomas, who is Chair of the Division of Performing Arts, Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at Wilkes University.

Check out audio from an interview with Dr. Steven Thomas, Music Director of the Arcadia Chorale, on WVIA-FM’s ArtScene with Erika Funke.

For more information regarding the Arcadia Chorale, to reserve tickets, or to order a copy of the Chorale’s CD, please visit www.arcadiachorale.org or contact the Chorale office at 570-871-0350. Parking information and directions are also available on the website, as is information about the Chorale’s future events: the annual Messiah Sing-Along on Dec. 17 and the NEPA Bach Festival on March 17-18.

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