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Concert: I Love Paris (selections from the French choral repertoire) presented by the Sussex County Oratorio Society

Location: New Jersey, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
Voicing: Mixed

The Sussex County Oratorio Society’s annual spring concert will be held 3:30 PM, Sunday, May 4 at the First United Methodist Church, 111 Ryerson Ave., Newton, NJ. Titled “April in Paris” the concert features a variety of pieces in both French and English including the spritely Ce joys de may by Clement Janequin; two of Claude Debussey’s “Trois Chansons,” Dieu! qu’il la fait bon regarder and  Quant j’ai out le tabourin; Cesar Franck’s majestic Psalm 150; and the hilarious Neighbors’ Chorus by Jacques Offenbach. The concert will conclude with Cole Porter’s familiar I Love Paris. The selections will feature solo and small group singing along with flute accompaniment by two of our very talented members. Funding is made available in part by the NJ State Council of the Arts through the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council.


The Oratorio Society’s more than 50 singers are drawn from Sussex County and nearby towns in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Directed by Al Kopacka. the group’s fine performances have led to invitations to sing with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey and at selected venues around the county.


Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students and can be purchased at the door or from any Oratorio member. A post-concert reception will follow in the church hall. The First United Methodist Church is a wheelchair-accessible facility.



Ce moys de May            C. Janequin

Ah! I Would Never Have Believed        G. Costeley

Restore to Me (Psalm 51)            J. Lully

La Nuit            J. Rameau

On These Meadows        C. Gluck

Ce moys de May        C. Janequin

Veni, Jesu         L. Cherubini 

Neighbors' Chorus        J. Offenbach

Restore to Me (Psalm 51)        J. Lully

Dieu! qu'il la fait bon regarder!        C. Debussy

Psalm 150            C. Franck
Quant j'ai ouy le tabourin            C. Debussy

The Doe                P. Hindemith
Since all is Passing            P. Hindemith

Notre Pére         M. Duraflé

Dirait-on        M. Lauridsen    

April in Paris     V. Duke / arr. T. Chinn

I Love Paris        C. Porter / arr. W. Stickles

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