Pilgrim Festival Chorus
In 2019, PFC launches its 20th season with two concerts with orchestra, one in its hometown of Plymouth, and a second performance at the new Scituate Center for Performing Arts. Spring repertoire includes Mozart’s masterwork Requiem, one of the best-known choral pieces ever composed, and a setting of John Dryden’s poem, Ode to Saint Cecilia, by Massachusetts composer Clifton J. Noble. The Ode was commissioned by the Assabet Valley Mastersingers in 1998 as a companion piece to Mozart’s Requiem, a fitting companion for this concert series.
PFC’s inaugural performance at the Scituate Center for Performing Arts features a collaboration with Scituate High School’s Select Choir under the direction of four-decade educator and PFC Director William B. Richter. The Select Choir is an auditioned ensemble of nearly 60 high school singers who will spend their spring classes immersed in these works as part of their school curriculum. The partnership results in a performance featuring more than 140 multi-generational voices in Scituate, a landmark achievement for the Chorus, as well as an extraordinary learning opportunity for both the students and adult singers. The collaboration is supported in part by a grant from Scituate Cultural Council, in addition to funds contributed by several other regional Cultural Councils.