PHOENIXVILLE >> The Chester County Pops Orchestra will take the stage Sunday to perform one of the most beloved pieces of choral music written in the past 30 years.
The orchestra will present “Requiem,” the beloved work of John Rutter, March 1, at 3 p.m. at Phoenixville Area Middle School, 386 City Line Ave.
Arranged in collaboration with First Presbyterian Church of West Chester and Paoli Presbyterian Church, the 90 members from the two choirs, under the direction of Marcia Sommers and Jonathan Kreamer, respectively, will perform alongside the orchestra.
Rutter wrote “Requiem” in 1985 in memory of his father. What was first conceived as a personal memorial has gone on to become one of his most-often performed choral works internationally, both in churches and concert halls. Unlike the dramatic, large-scale requiems, this setting belongs in the smaller-scale, more devotional tradition, according to a press release.
The concert will open with ‘An American Salute’ by David Clydesdale, and feature soprano Lyndsay Versaci and tenor Daniel K. Williams, singing ‘The Prayer.’ Composed by Carol Bayer Sager and David Foster, this well-known and loved piece has been recorded by a number of popular vocalists in recent years. Versaci sings with The Brandywine Singers and is currently a performer for the Bravo Theater Company in West Chester. Williams is artistic director for Bravo, and also sings with The Brandywine Singers, the release states.
Approximately 65 of Chester County’s finest instrumental players comprise the Chesco Pops, under the direction of Music Director Joseph Gehring. Most of these individuals play with multiple organizations, and also teach music in the classroom and/or provide private lessons. Since its founding in 2005, the Orchestra has performed over 50 concerts at nearly 20 county venues. The Orchestra and Board are very excited to be celebrating their 10th Anniversary this year, the release states.
The Chesco Pops is continuing its partnership with the Phoenixville Public Library. For the price of a admission, a concert-goer can enjoy the Chesco Pops performance and also support the library’s ongoing community programs and activities. A percentage of ticket revenues will be awarded to this partner.
Ticket prices for this concert are $15 for adults, $12 for a seniors (62 and older), and children and students will be admitted free. Tickets are available online and at the door.
For more information, visit www.chescopops.org or call 610-594-9178.