Three MFS Faculty To Perform ‘Requiem’

April 22, 2014

Three Moorestown Friends School faculty members will be performing Brahms’ A German Requiem with the Greater South Jersey Chorus on May 4 and 17.

MFS Choral Director and Music Teacher Kelly Bixby will be featured as the guest soprano soloist in this major work. Associate Director of College Guidance Margaret Van Meter and First Grade Teacher Emily Traver will be singing in the Chorus.

The first public rendition of Johannes Brahms’ A German Requiem will take place on Sunday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill, NJ. The second performance will be held at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Marlton, NJ on Saturday, May 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets for both events are $20, but due to limited seating, tickets for the Unitarian Church must be ordered in advance, while St. Isaac tickets will be available also at the door.

Known for its thoughtful interpretations, the Greater South Jersey Chorus has earned widespread acclaim since its founding in 1992. Musical highlights from previous seasons include Carmina Burana, Benjamin Britten’s St. Nicholas, and the Christmas Cantata of Daniel Pinkham. The May concerts will be the last under the baton of Artistic Director Dean Rishel, who is retiring after leading the Chorus for eight years.

Members of the Chorus are auditioned and drawn from over 40 communities throughout the Southern New Jersey and greater Philadelphia area. The current membership ranges in age from teens to seniors, with a vibrant mix of amateur and professional musicians. The GSJC is singer-organized and singer-managed, and all of its functions are administered by a Board of Trustees composed of members of theChorus and community professionals.

The Chorus also performs from time to time with professional orchestra and ensemble musicians and acclaimed guest soloists drawn from the tri-state area. In addition to its regular concert season, the GSJC has performed by invitation at Carnegie Hall for the Katrina relief effort, and at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in celebration of the 2008 rededication of the Americana Wing.

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