Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania announces 2018-2019 season


The Adult Chorus of the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania, under the direction of Dr. Alan Baker, announces its performances and repertoire for the 2018-2019 season and invites all interested singers to join.

Guided by the twin mottos, “Artistry through Opportunity” and “Excellence through Education,” membership is open to any interested adult singer with per-semester tuition of $75, which includes two complimentary tickets to any society-produced program. Singers also purchase and retain their own musical scores.

Current college/university students may participate tuition-free with only their purchase of the music.

Rehearsals will begin Aug. 27 and continue from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each Monday at the Langcliffe Presbyterian Church in Avoca.

The Adult Symphonic Chorus season will open at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal pro-Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre with “Music Fit for a King,” a concert of anthems by Georg Friderick Handel and Henry Purcell, including Handel’s Coronation Anthem, “My Heart is Inditing” and his 21st and final Chandos Anthem, “Let God Arise.”

Purcell selections will include his famous “Bell Anthem,” the verse anthem “O Give Thanks” and the full anthem, “O Lord, How Long Wilt Thou Be Angry?” The chorus will be joined by a quintet of soloists and a small Baroque instrumental ensemble of strings, oboes and organ.

The fall continues with two collaborative programs. The Symphonic Chorus will join with the Choral Society’s five children and youth choirs at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25 to present classic holiday fare in its annual “Christmas with the Choral Society” at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Finally, the chorus will join with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic and conductor Melisse Brunet in renewing the orchestra’s annual “Home for the Holidays” concerts Saturday, Dec. 15 in Scranton’s Peoples Security Bank Theater and Sunday, Dec. 1 in Wilkes-Barre’s Kirby Center.

For additional information or to schedule a registration appointment for a child, contact the program’s director Frank Jones at 570-906-1830 or [email protected]