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Bucks Women’s Chorus invited to sing with Foreigner at Parx

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Two dozen members of the Bucks County Women’s Chorus will perform with the rock band Foreigner at Parx Parx Casino’s Xcite Center May 5.

When Patricia Guth, artistic director of the chorus, received a call from a man who told her he was the booking agent for the 70s and 80s rock band, she thought it was a joke – especially when the person on the other end of the phone told her he was inviting her choir to sing with the well-known band.

John Lappen, the man on the phone, wasn’t kidding. He had located information about the ensemble online and was impressed. He invited the chorus to join the rockers for one song in Bensalem, singing Foreigner’s iconic “I Want to Know What Love Is.”

“It really took me some time to recognize that he was for real,” Guth said.

When the phone call was over, Guth had agreed to allow 25 of the 94 members of the Bucks County Women’s Chorus to sing with the band. Now, she just had to figure out how to determine who would sing and who wouldn’t.

She decided she would first ask the members who had been with the choir since its very first rehearsal in 2012. That number was about 30 and it was easily whittled down to 25 because a few singers weren’t interested and a few more simply weren’t available.

The singers will either be given complimentary tickets to watch the concert or will watch a live stream from the comfort of a “green room” until it’s time to join the band for their next-to-last song in the sold-out show, Guth said.

“It’ll be a unique and unforgettable experience,” said Guth, who explained that the band often uses local choirs to enhance their performances.

“I’m so thrilled that the choir has been chosen and am proud of the hard work they’ve done to become recognized throughout the region for their beautiful sound, fun approach to music, and their contagious smiles. I’m not surprised that Mr. Lappen selected them for the honor.”


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