The Mercersburg Area Community Chorus will perform its spring concert series on Saturday, April 16, at 3:30 and 7:30, and Sunday, April 17, at 3:00. The concerts will be performed in the Irvine Memorial Chapel on the campus of Mercersburg Academy. The program features the Faure Requiem, Serenade to Music by Vaughan Williams, and various anthems. The 115-voice choir will be joined by a 35-member professional orchestra directed by Richard Rotz. Admission is free, though a free-will offering is taken. Seating is limited, so early arrival is recommended. For more information: 717-328-2324 or mercersburgchorus.org. The Mercersburg Area Community Chorus performs major choral-orchestra compositions each year in December and April.
Soloists include Elisabeth Turchi, soprano, and Jesse Neace, bass. Turchi has performed with the Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Camerata of Washington, D.C., Atlantic Coast Opera Festival, Harrisburg Opera, New Opera Festival of Rome, and Gotham Chamber Opera. Her concert engagements include a European tour of Haydn’s Creation with two-time Grammy winner Robert Page and his Festival Singers, her Massachusetts’ Mechanics Hall debut with Handel’s Messiah, and the Mozart Mass in C Minor at Pennsylvania’s Luhrs Performing Arts Center. Neace, a member of the U.S. Army Chorus, has performed with Knoxville Opera Company, Imperial Symphony Orchestra, La Musica Lirica, and the National Philharmonic. His rendition of our National Anthem is regularly requested for professional sporting events across the country. As a way to give back to the community, Jesse is a music teacher for NoteBusters, a nonprofit company that produces two shows a year for elementary-aged children in the District of Columbia.