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Bach and Handel Choraleand festival orchestra willpresent Passion/Easter Concert

Published March 28. 2012 05:01PM

The Bach and Handel Chorale will present its 2012 Passion/Easter Concert on Saturday, April 14 at 3 p.m. at historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St. in Jim Thorpe.

Joining the 42-member chorale is a 21-member festival orchestra and four world renowned guest soloists.

The concert features compositions, orchestrations and piano pieces composed and performed by founder, artistic director and conductor Randall Douglas Perry.

The featured work is Perry's "Mass in D Major," composed in 2003 and first performed for the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Bach and Handel Chorale at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Jim Thorpe.

Also having its premiere performance at St. Mark's Episcopal Church is Perry's "In Tribute to My Father." Written in memory of his late father, John A. Perry Jr., who passed away due to heart failure on June 27, 2011, Maestro Perry will join the orchestra on piano.

Another premiere work, penned by Perry in 2008, is the choral and orchestral piece, "My Song is Love Unknown."

Samuel Crossman wrote the words to this beautiful song.

David Gates who was the leader, guitarist and composer for the 1960s and 70s band "Bread," wrote the well-known piece "Aubrey." Maestro Perry orchestrated the work for piano and orchestra.

The afternoon program also includes works by Bach and Handel, which salute the chorale's namesakes from the Baroque era: George Frideric Handel's Coronation Anthem No. 1 "Zadok the Priest;" Johann Sebastian Bach's "Gratias Agimus Tibi" from the "Mass in B Minor;" and the opening chorus of Bach's Cantata BWV 74 "Wer mich Liebet …"

For ticket information, contact the Bach and Handel Chorale office, 810 Carbon Ave., Jim Thorpe; at (570) 325-4794; or visit

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