Saturday, May 4, 2019 @ 7:30 p.m. | Santander Performing Arts Center

Puccini’s thrilling tale of love and despair takes center stage in a collaboration with Berks Opera Company, the Reading Choral Society, and Berks Youth Chorus, featuring some of the composer’s most well-known arias including Vissi d’arte and Recondita armonia.

About the Groups

Since its inception in 2007, Berks Opera Company has grown into a regional company committed to finding current cultural relevance in standard operatic repertoire. The company presently offers young artist programs for local singers and features internationally acclaimed artists in main stage productions, presenting opera on a sustainable basis. Additionally, Berks Opera Company has an innovative “BOOT Camp” orchestra training program, presents the Unleashing Your Inner Opera Fan multimedia educational series, and makes regular appearances at smaller venues in Berks County.

Founded in 1875, the 70-voice Reading Choral Society is one of America’s oldest musical ensembles. The society still operates under the mission of its first music director—to perform great choral masterworks, without ignoring contemporary composers. The RCS is currently under the music direction of Graham Bier. Performances have included collaborations with the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Ringgold Band and the Reading Pops. While continuing the tradition of programming choral masterworks, the Society has expanded its repertory to include the more frequent performance and commissioning of new music and the exploration of more “popular” literature. The Reading Choral Society is comprised now, as it has always been, of dedicated amateur singers from all ages and all walks of life.

Since 1992, the young musicians of the Berks Youth Chorus have delighted audiences with their superb artistry and joyful enthusiasm. Through a rigorous music curriculum, BYC singers acquire an outstanding education and learn crucial life lessons-like teamwork, time management, priority setting, self-presentation, communication and personal responsibility. The culturally and musically diverse repertoire performed with precision by these trained young voices is inspirational and uplifting for anyone who listens. With its headquarters and rehearsals located in Reading’s geographically accessible GoggleWorks, BYC is dedicated to making life-changing musical opportunities accessible to all children.

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Concert Sponsors:

Reading Musical Foundation
Marlin & Ginger Miller

Guest Artists Sponsor (Berks Opera, Reading Choral, Berks Youth Chorus):

John P. Feeney Funeral Home