BCCS season finale: "A Soulful Celebration" with Ruth Naomi Floyd and Jay Fluellen
Jun
4
4:00 pm16:00

BCCS season finale: "A Soulful Celebration" with Ruth Naomi Floyd and Jay Fluellen

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

 

A Soulful Celebration
Spirituals, Gospel & Sacred Jazz

The Bucks County Choral Society celebrates the depth of feeling plumbed from the soul in the performance of spirituals, gospel and sacred jazz in the African-American tradition. We will be joined by Ruth Naomi Floyd, composer and vocalist, and Jay Fluellen, composer and pianist, along with the Northeast Philadelphia High School Concert Choir, directed by Fluellen.  Click here for tickets and further information. 

Michael Tippett - A Child of Our Time
Apr
23
3:00 pm15:00

Michael Tippett - A Child of Our Time

  • Haverford College - Marshall Auditorium

In his last performance with the Haverford/Bryn Mawr Chorale and Chorale Orchestra, Thomas Lloyd conducts Michael Tippett's landmark oratorio, A Child of Our Time, composed during World War II in response to the events of "Kristallnacht" and incorporating monumental settings of five African-American spirituals. Open to the public without advance tickets or charge.

Jan
6
Jan 15

Chamber Singers Berlin Tour

 

 

CHAMBER SINGERS OF HAVERFORD AND BRYN MAWR COLLEGES TO EMBARK ON CULTURAL EXCHANGE TOUR OF BERLIN, JANUARY 6-15, 2017 

Select Bi-College Vocal Group to Work with German Citizens and Refugees from Syria and Eritrea in Community and University Choir Partnerships

BRYN MAWR and HAVERFORD, PA – October 26, 2016 ––The Haverford College Music Department and the Bryn Mawr College Office for the Arts is pleased to announce the Chamber Singers  of Haverford  and Bryn Mawr Colleges  will travel to Berlin on an international cultural exchange tour from January 5-17, 2017.

Thomas Lloyd,  Director of the Choral and Vocal Studies Program for Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges and Professor of Music at Haverford, will lead the select group of college singers as they travel to Berlin and Potsdam, Germany, to study, sing, and socialize with members of two community choirs —  Begegnungschor (loosely translated as “Encounter Choir”), the  Chor International Potsdam, and the university chamber group  Kammerchor from the College of Music at the Freie and Technical Universities of Berlin (part of the ensemble program  Collegium Musicum of the Freie Universität and Technische Universität Berlin).

Begegnungschor pairs German volunteers with refugees from Syria, Eritrea, and other war- torn countries for weekly singing of folk songs from members’ countries of origin. The unique choir was founded in October 2015 as an initiative of the German nonprofit association Leadership Berlin (Network Responsibility) in cooperation with the Berlin Association of Choirs, Chorverband Berlin, and serves to send “a signal for a peaceful society that includes everyone regardless of origin.” Many of the choir’s German members also volunteer with refugee support organizations and enjoy working with the recent migrants as equals as they “regain strength and find relaxation; have fun, meet other people, and network” through singing. The group now serves as “a place where committed Berliners sing together with refugees according to the motto ‘Alone we are notes, together we are a song’ (Ya Beppo).”

The Internationalen Chor in historic Potsdam works in partnership with the Adult Education Centre Potsdam and shares Begegnungschor’s mission of joining Germans in singing with foreign nationals “to offer a musical home.” For this work, the choir received the Integration Prize of Potsdam in 2007 and recognition from the Diocesan Council of Catholics in the Archdiocese of Berlin in 2008.

Kammerchor, like the Bi-College Chamber Singers, is a 30-member group of singers selected by audition. The chamber group, one of many music and vocal ensembles at Berlin’s Freie and Technical Universities, performs classical works a capella. The group received top honors at the 44th International Choir Competition "Festa Musicale - Festival of Songs" in Olomouc / Olomouc (Czech Republic) in May 2016, under the leadership of its charismatic conductor, Donka Miteva.

The Chamber Singers will share rehearsals and perform music from both classical and folk repertoires with each of the three choirs during the trip. Lloyd has composed a new arrangement combining Gustav Mahler's "Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht?" from Des Knabe Wunderhorn and Khalil al-Qabbar's “Ya tera tiri” for special presentation during the upcoming tour. The arrangement was developed in collaboration with violinist Hanna Khouri,  an instructor and doctoral student in Arabic music at the University of Pennsylvania, founder of Philadelphia's Al Bustan Seeds of Culture Takht Ensemble, and a world-renown violinist in both Arabic and European styles.  Watch the premier performance of "Vogelgesang" at Bryn Mawr.

The tour will be the last for the Bi-Co Chamber Singers under direction of Thomas Lloyd, who will retire from the college at the end of the 2016-2017 academic year. Lloyd notes, “Three of our current seniors, including Emily Drummond from Bryn Mawr, were part of our last cultural exchange tour to Mexico City as freshman, so it is particularly meaningful to come full circle with a tour that again explores the connections between singing and cultural movements involving refugees, this time on the other side of the world.”

Drummond, a Bryn Mawr College student who majors in Linguistics at Bryn Mawr and Music through the College’s partnership with Haverford, notes of the upcoming trip, “Music plays a huge role in cultural and national identity. So when we sing together with international choirs, it breaks down constructed barriers of ethnicity and nationality and we really begin to understand each other. It also sends this incredible message to audiences that every person can find common ground with another, regardless of language or tradition.”

Hope and Remembrance - Bucks County Choral Society
Oct
23
4:00 pm16:00

Hope and Remembrance - Bucks County Choral Society

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Settings of the Latin Requiem often exert a strong pull on us not because they bring sadness, but because of the music’s cathartic power to lead us to hope and reassurance in an often frightening world.  For the opening concert of the Bucks County Choral Society's 44th season, we have paired two requiems, one very old and familiar (the beloved Mozart Requiem) and one very new, related directly to a recent tragedy (A Child's Requiem by Steven Sametz, commissioned by the parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School).  The movements of the two requiems will be performed in alternation with each other, heightening the impact of these two powerful statements from very different eras.  With the Riverside Symphonia, Princeton Girlchoir, and soloists Clara Rottsolk, soprano, Emily Drummond, alto, David Vanderwal, tenor, and Robby Eisentrout, bass. For tickets, go to www.buckschoral.org

The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence
Sep
25
4:00 pm16:00

The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence

  • Haverford College

The Chamber Singers of Haverford and Bryn Mawr along with bi-co chamber music and a cappella groups perform a special concert along with performers from across the nation to raise awareness of the terrible toll gun violence takes in our society. In Marshall Auditorium at Haverford College.

A Celebration of American Musical Theater with special guests Krissy Fraelich and Robi Hager
Jun
4
4:00 pm16:00

A Celebration of American Musical Theater with special guests Krissy Fraelich and Robi Hager

The Bucks County Choral Society performs a program of popular melodies from the musical theater, featuring two audience favorites in both Philly and New York: Krissy Fraelich and Robi Hager.  Program to include medleys from Carousel, Jerome Kern, Les Miserable, Miss Saigon, Wicked, and Sunday in the Park with George, with professional pit ensemble.  At the Life Sciences Auditorium of Delaware Valley College in Doylestown.  Click here for tickets and more information.

Two performances: Saturday, June 4 at 4:00pm
                                 Sunday, June 5 at 4:00pm

 

Race Matters - Singing across the Color Line
Apr
16
2:00 pm14:00

Race Matters - Singing across the Color Line

The Lincoln University Choir, under the direction of Edryn Coleman, and the Chamber Singers of Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges, under the direction of Thomas Lloyd perform a free public concert at 4:00 preceded at 2:00 by a panel of Philadelphia area leaders responding to questions posed by the students related to current issues of racial justice in our community.  Click here for more details (links at bottom of home page)

Elgar - The Apostles (Philadelphia area premier)
Apr
10
4:00 pm16:00

Elgar - The Apostles (Philadelphia area premier)

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Bucks County Choral Society and Riverside Symphonia

BCCS performs the Philadelphia-area premier of a neglected 1903 masterpiece by beloved English composer Edward Elgar, in collaboration with the Riverside Symphonia and a cast of six nationally acclaimed soloists.  A special 10-part online study guide has been created to introduce listeners to the music and historical context of this important work.

Lyric Fest premiere of my song setting of an Amelia Earhart letter, “You must know…”
Apr
2
8:00 pm20:00

Lyric Fest premiere of my song setting of an Amelia Earhart letter, “You must know…”

Mezzo Katy Pracht and pianist Laura Ward will perform my new setting of a candid pre-nuptial letter by Amelia Earhart to George Putnam as part of the Lyric Fest song program “Sincerely yours….letters set to music” also including other newly commissioned songs by Daron Hagen, Benjamin C.S. Boyle, John Conahan, Juliana Hall, Lori Laitman and Logan Skelton.

Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8:00 PM at Marshall Auditorium, Haverford College
Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 3:00 PM at the The Academy of Vocal Arts

click here for tickets