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Bucks Choral Society stages a requiem of comfort


The Bucks County Choral Society opens Artistic Director Thomas Lloyd’s 20th anniversary season with a performance of Johannes Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem,” at 4 p.m. Nov. 3, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Doylestown.

Written most likely as a meditation on grief following the loss of his mother and his closest teacher and supporter Robert Schuman, the “Requiem” is a meditation on life and death from biblical texts chosen by the composer, possessing both beauty and spirituality.

The performance will feature soprano Melissa Mino and baritone Keith Phares.

Mino, a Doylestown native and graduate of Central Bucks High School East, received her Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Temple University and her Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in music education and French, summa cum laude, from Bucknell University.

Phares, a noted interpreter of Mozart and bel canto repertoire, is a graduate of the Juilliard Opera Center; he was a national winner of the 1998 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a finalist in the 1999 Eleanor McCollum Competition of the Houston Grand Opera.

The Choral Society is collaborating with Symphony in C, a full symphony orchestra that provides training for tomorrow’s well-rounded orchestral musicians.

The performance also features a first-time collaboration with the Bucks County Community College Choir, Rochelle Reed, director.

For tickets and information visit or call 800-838-3006. Access/EBT cardholders can attend all concert at no cost.

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