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Songs of Farewell Concert Series Presented by the Pennsylvania Academy of Performing Arts

Location: Pennsylvania, USA
The Pennsylvania Academy of Performing Arts' Concordia and Chamber Choir will present its spring concert series “Songs of Farewell,” featuring Fauré’s Requiem, in two choral concerts, under the direction of S. Katherine Shealy, assisted by Christopher G. McGinley.  
Saturday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.
The Church of the Good Samaritan
212 West Lancaster Ave., Paoli, PA
Sunday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m.
Calvary Lutheran Church
730 South New St., West Chester, PA
The program is the first installment in a three part, yearlong concert series called A Singer's Journey. “Songs of Farewell” will include music that explores this theme of departure from both a somber and uplifting viewpoint. Chamber Choir will perform three madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi that express the ache and despair resulting from losing a lover. Dan Forrest’s “Entreat Me Not to Leave You,” which borrows the text from Ruth 1:16-22, beautifully depicts Ruth’s unwillingness to abandon her mother. A setting of the Greek folk song “Dance of Zálongo” arranged by Carol Barnett recalls the fierce bravery of the women of Souli, who bid farewell to the world rather than be enslaved by the enemy. The program will culminate with a featured performance of Gabriel Fauré’s well-known Requiem, which captures both the sorrow of losing loved ones while also celebrating departure from earth and transcendence into Heaven. This performance will feature accomplished organist Charlie de Mets, as well as soloists from Concordia.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $5 each for groups of 10 or more. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at
The Pennsylvania Academy of Performing Arts (PAPA) is a Chester County-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing an environment that culturally enriches the community through exposure to the performing arts. Christopher G. McGinley and S. Katherine Shealy direct the PAPA’s choirs in seasonal performances, as well as at a variety of community events. Most recently, PAPA’s choirs have performed at the West Chester Old Fashioned Christmas celebration, the Brandywine River Museum, the King of Prussia Mall, and in multiple collaborations with Uptown! Entertainment Alliance.

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