Published On: Sun, Apr 10th, 2016

Bucks County Choral Society offers Elgar Oratorio

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Date(s) - 04/10/2016
4:00 pm

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church


The Bucks County Choral Society will present a rarely-performed oratorio by English composer Edward Elgar at its April 10 concert. The Apostles, a large-scale work for chorus, orchestra and six soloists, narrates the Christian story of the calling of the Apostles to Jesus and their experiences of Jesus’ preaching, miracles, crucifixion and resurrection.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer this unique work for the first time in this area,” said Artistic Director Thomas Lloyd. “Elgar has taken the Biblical story and fleshed it out to give us a greater understanding of the Apostles as fully human, and has given them a musical voice that is both resonant of Wagner and at the same time distinctively Elgar’s own. This is one of the large-scale works that made Elgar the first internationally-acclaimed English composer in two centuries, and we’re happy to be giving it the attention it deserves.”
Joining the Bucks County Choral Society for the performance will be the Riverside Symphonia, extending the annual collaboration between the two organizations. Nationally-acclaimed soloists include Sally Wolf as Mary, Suzanne DuPlantis as Mary Magdalene, Timothy Bentch as St. John, Jason Switzer as St. Peter, Daniel Teadt as Jesus, and Kevin Deas as Judas Iscariot.
“This is an important work with richness and depth – truly Elgar at his best,” said Dr. Lloyd. “We are thrilled to be able to present this music to our region for the first time.”

The performance will take place Sunday, April 10 at 4:00 pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Doylestown. More information, a study guide to the work, and tickets are available on the choral society’s website,

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