Bach and Handel Chorale Easter Concert Set for 4/11

Posted by Gerard Longo on

Fans of classical music – or those looking to keep their Easter celebration going a bit longer – will have the opportunity to attend the Bach and Handel Chorale’s Passion and Easter Concert, taking place Sat., Apr. 11 at 3:00 p.m.

The annual concert tradition, which will feature excerpts from Handel’s Messiah alongside Bach selections “Gloria” and “Cantata 21,” is being held for the first time at Zion United Church of Christ, 225 Iron St. in Lehighton.

“It’s a bigger location, a bigger venue,” said Howard Davis, public relations director for the Bach and Handel Chorale. “We’re going to try and fill the place.”

The group has a healthy mix of long-time singers and fresh faces that are held together by Randall Douglas Perry, who has served as the group’s maestro since its inception.

“(Perry) has been the inspiration and driving force behind this for the entire 31 years,” Davis noted.

Tickets for the concert are $15, and children 10 and under are free. Tickets are available online and at the door. For more information, please visit http://www.bhchorale.org/en/concert-schedule.html.

Future Plans
The Chorale finds itself attempting to expand its sphere of influence in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. Following its Passion and Easter Concert, the Chorale is scheduled for two concerts on Sat., May 16.

The first, a benefit for the Lehighton Boys and Girls Band, will take place at Lehighton’s Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church at 3 p.m. That will be followed by the group’s season-ending jazz concert at the Mauch Chunk Opera House at 7 p.m, which will feature a performance by the Perseverance Jazz Band.

“It’s a chance to let our hair down,” Davis said.

Tickets to the jazz concert are on sale now, and can be obtained through the Mauch Chunk Opera House. For more information, please visit http://mcohjt.com.

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