The Beaver Valley Choral Society continues celebrating its second century of song with the second annual BVCS Pops Concert, “Celebrate the Day,” presented Sunday, May 21 at 4pm at Grace Lutheran Church, 393 Adams Street, Rochester 15074. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
The BVCS Principal Choir, BVCS orchestra and Treble Youth Chorale share a part in presenting this special musical program. BVCS Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Sharon R. Burchill, directs the choir and orchestra and Deborah Silverstein directs the Treble Youth Chorale.
“Diamond Jubilee,” written by Jeremy Doss, is the orchestral prelude followed by “What a Joy to be Here,” the first movement from the Johann Strauss II operetta, ‘Die Fledermaus.’
Other selections in the program include “How Can I Keep from Singing,” arranged by Adam and Matt Padd; “Sing Your Way Home” by Joseph Martin, based on Dvorak’s Largo from ‘New World Symphony;’ “I Remember,” written by Sarah Quartel; the traditional Appalacian hymn, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” arranged by J. David Moore; “I Sing Because I’m Happy,” arranged by Kenneth Paden; and “Celebrate the Day,” composed by Pepper Choplin.
At intermission, the Treble Youth Chorale sings “It’s a Grand Night for Singing,” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, ‘State Fair.’ The music was carefully chosen to highlight the themes of the 2023 anniversary year: the general role of music in our lives; the specific BVCS mission in sharing our music with the community; and the celebration of our first hundred years as we embrace our legacy of “Sharing Our Joy, Sharing Our Song.”
New BVCS Orchestra musicians this spring season are Kemp Clow, bassoon; Erica Guidroz; Christine Kahl, violin and viola; Nancy Phillis, cello; Katie Russell, clarinet; Noah Sheimer, cello; and Satah Bennett Whiting.
Come join us as we “Celebrate the Day” – it promises to be an exciting, enjoyable and uplifting concert.