On Sunday afternoon, March 11, at 4 p.m. Swarthmore Presbyterian Church (SPC) will present Johannes Brahms’ majestic A German Requiem, sung in English in Lang Hall of Swarthmore College. The church’s Chancel Choir will be joined by professional opera singers and singers from other area congregations, accompanied by a 38-piece orchestra including 23 members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. SPC’s director of music, Jeff DeVault, organized and will direct the concert, which will also include a performance of Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture.
SPC pastor Richard Wohlschlager said “We invite and welcome our whole community to this concert of glorious and uplifting choral music. And we hope that for many, the music and lyrics will be particularly resonant during the Lenten season, which is a time to contemplate mortality and God’s act and spirit of resurrection.”
This concert celebrates the life of longtime SPC member Gay Grissom, who died in late 2011. Joining Swarthmore Presbyterian’s Chancel Choir will be two soloists -- Metropolitan Opera soprano Jennifer Check and Opera Company of Philadelphia baritone Eric Dubin. The choir also includes members of Wallingford Presbyterian, Swarthmore United Methodist, Congregation Ohev Shalom, and Trinity Episcopal.
A suggested donation of $20 will be accepted at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Chester Children’s Chorus and A Better Chance (ABC) Strath Haven. Further information on the concert and on Swarthmore Presbyterian Church is available online at http://swarthmorepres.org and by phone at 610-543-4712.