Two chorales combine to present spring concert

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One of two performances will be Saturday at Unionville High

Screen Shot 2014-04-28 at 9.27.44 PMKENNETT SQUARE – The Brandywine Valley Chorale (BVC) and the Valley Forge Chorale (VFC) will present two performances of their spring concert, “Carmina Burana” and “Liebeslieder Waltzes,” on Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3.

“Carmina Burana,” composed by 20th century, German composer Carl Orff is based on poems from medieval texts, famously exploring the fickleness of fortune and wealth, the ephemeral nature of life, and the joy of the return of spring. Jason Throne, BVC’s artistic director will conduct. “Liebeslieder Waltzes,” Johannes Brahms’ most endearing and popular composition for choir, will be conducted by Steve McBride, artistic director of VFC.

The performance on Friday, May 2, will take place at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 428 S. Main Street, North Wales. Saturday’s concert will be performed at the Unionville High School Auditorium, 750 Unionville Road, Kennett Square. Both concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, available at the door or online at

The Brandywine Valley Chorale is a 50-member auditioned chorus founded in 2007 by a group of musicians, arts supporters and friends in the Unionville area and surrounding communities. Throne, the founder and artistic director Throne, received his master’s in choral conducting at Temple University and has worked with renowned conductors, including Robert Page, Joseph Flummerfelt, Vance George, Marvin Hamlisch, John Rutter and David Zinman. He is choral director at Unionville High School.

In its fifth season, the Valley Forge Chorale is an auditioned choir of over 65 singers from throughout the Valley Forge region. McBride, artistic director and founder, has worked as an organist and conductor for churches throughout the area, including the Church of Holy Trinity in West Chester, First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in King of Prussia. Steve is a music education major at West Chester University.    Send article as PDF   

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