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Event Date: July 19, 2014

 

Berkshire Choral Festival opens season on Saturday July 19th with Brahms's Requiem, Sheffield, MA

 

The Requiem, which has become Brahmsís most popular choral work, is based on Martin Lutherís German translation of the Bible.  This achingly beautiful piece was conceived at the death of the composerís friend and mentor, Robert Schumann, and completed a decade later following the death of Brahmsís mother.

 

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Sheffield, Massachusetts, July 10, 2014 (McKenzieNewsService.com) - The Berkshire Choral Festival kicks off its thirty-third season in Sheffield, MA on July 19th with A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms.  Rollo Dilworth, associate professor of choral music at Temple Universityís Boyer College of Music, will lead the 200-voice Festival Chorus and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.


The Requiem, which has become Brahmsís most popular choral work, is based on Martin Lutherís German translation of the Bible.  This achingly beautiful piece was conceived at the death of the composerís friend and mentor, Robert Schumann, and completed a decade later following the death of Brahmsís mother. 

 

The 7:30 p.m. concert will be held in the air-conditioned Jackman L. Stewart Center on the campus of Berkshire School at 245 North Undermountain Road in Sheffield. It will be preceded at 6:15 by a free talk by University of Massachusetts musicologist Dr. Laura Stanfield Pritchard.

 

Ticket prices range from $20 to $45.00. Tickets for the concert may be purchased by phone at (413) 229-1999, at www.choralfest.org or at the door.

 

Concert-goers are welcome to picnic on the campus prior to the performance, and the snack bar, which benefits the Sheffield Kiwanis scholarship fund, will be open before the concert and during intermission.

 

The Festival continues on July 26 with Bachís St. John Passion conducted by Tom Hall, music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and concludes on August 2nd with Elgarís Dream of Gerontius conducted by Kent Tritle, music director of  the Oratorio Society of New York. 

 

For further information, call (413) 229-1999 or visit www.choralfest.org.

 

About the Berkshire Choral Festival:

Based in Sheffield, Massachusetts, the Berkshire Choral Festival (BCF) was founded in 1982 as a not-for-profit educational institution with a unique purpose: to provide amateur singers with professional-level choral immersion experiences. During weeklong singing vacations at culturally rich US and international locations, knowledgeable amateurs study, rehearse, and perform masterpieces of the choral repertoire under the direction of world-class conductors, with professional symphony orchestras. In-depth workshops and courses with our professional staff round out the educational experience.

 

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Berkshire Choral Festival to perform Bach's St. John Passion, July 26th, Sheffield, MA

 

 

 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Lusha Martin

Email: LMartin@choralfest.org

Phone: 4132291310

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.

 

Berkshire Choral Festival

245 N Undermountain Road, Sheffield, Massachusetts, 01257

Web: www.choralfest.org

 

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Berkshire Choral Festival opens season on Saturday July 19th with Brahms's Requiem, Sheffield, MA

The Berkshire Choral Festival kicks off its thirty-third season in Sheffield, MA on July 19th with A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms.  Rollo Dilworth, associate professor of choral music at Temple Universityís Boyer College of Music, will lead the 200-voice Festival Chorus and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. The Requiem, which has become Brahmsís most popular choral work, is based on Martin Lutherís German translation of the Bible.  This achingly beautiful piece was conceived at the death of the composerís friend and mentor, Robert Schumann, and completed a decade later following the death of Brahmsís mother.    The 7:30 p.m. concert will be held in the air-conditioned Jackman L. Stewart Center on the campus of Berkshire School at 245 North Undermountain Road in Sheffield. It will be preceded at 6:15 by a free talk by University of Massachusetts musicologist Dr. Laura Stanfield Pritchard. Ticket prices range from $20 to $45.00. Tickets for the concert may be purchased by phone at (413) 229-1999, at www.choralfest.org or at the door. For further information, call (413) 229-1999 or visit www.choralfest.org.

 

 

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