On Saturday and Sunday, December 1 and 2, the Wilkes University Choral Ensembles will join with the Robert Dale Chorale to present GLORIA! Christmas Music for Brass, Choirs and Organ. Saturday’s performance will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Scranton at 8:00 pm, and Sunday’s performance will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wilkes-Barre at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for seniors and WVIA members, and $7 for students. Children under 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by a parent. Thanks to a generous grant from Wilkes University Student Government, Wilkes University students will be admitted free with a student ID.
The program features seasonal works for choir, brass ensemble and organ, including John Rutter’s Gloria and pieces by Giovanni Gabrieli, Heinrich Schütz, Michael Praetorius, Morten Lauridsen, Jan Sandström and David Willcocks. Also on the program are arrangements of traditional Christmas carols, including “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.” The program will be conducted by Dr. Steven Thomas, who is Music Director of the Chorale and Director of Choral Activities at Wilkes University. To hear an interview with Dr. Thomas about the concerts that aired on WVIA-FM, please see http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wvia/local-wvia-1021952.mp3.
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 Brahms’ Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël and a variety of shorter works. 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, and will join the Chorale again in March to perform J. S. Bach’s monumental B Minor Mass. For more information about the Robert Dale Chorale, to reserve tickets, or to order a copy of the Chorale’s CD, please contact the Chorale office at (570) 871-0350 or visit www.robertdalechorale.org. Parking information and directions are also available on the website, as is information about the Chorale’s upcoming events: the 29th Annual Messiah Sing-Along on December 16 and the 28th Annual NEPA Bach Festival in March.
Founded in 1977, the Robert Dale Chorale serves Northeastern Pennsylvania with public appearances, concerts, and other community functions. The Chorale has received critical acclaim for performances of works ranging from the Renaissance to the present. They have appeared on local television, on WVIA-FM, and on many regional performing arts series. Dr. Steven Thomas has served as Music Director of the ensemble since the 2004-2005 season.