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Central PA Oratorio Singers on Center Stage

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | May 21, 2013 8:46 AM

Sunday, May 26 at 8 pm on witf's Center Stage





Central Pa Oratorio Singers & Orchestra

Conductor Eric Riley


On the Program: 

John Rutter:       Requiem (1985)  

Bob Chilcott:      Requiem (2010)

The Central Pennsylvania Oratorio Singers was organized to study and perform the major masterworks for choir, soloists and orchestra. This church-community organization is part of the outreach program of Market Square Presbyterian Church. New members are welcomed. Interested singers should contact Eric R. Riley at (717) 257-1270. For further information about the Oratorio Singers,please visit their web site.



Bob Chilcott


Composer Bob Chilcott conducts the performance of his own Requiem in the concert.Described by the Observer as “a contemporary hero of British Choral Music”, Bob Chilcott has over 125 pieces published, two acclaimed recordings on Signum, Making Waves (The Sirens) and Man I Sing (BBC Singers),and he wrote the title tracks for the King’s Singers albums, Swimming over London and High Flight. In March 2012 his Requiem was released on Hyperion, performed by Wells Cathedral Choir and the Nash Ensemble, conducted by Matthew Owens.



Eric R. Riley

Eric R. Riley is Director of Music & Organist at Market Square Presbyterian Church in Harrisburg, PA, a position he assumed in November of 2007. He is also Artistic Director/Conductor of the Wheatland Chorale in Lancaster, PA. A frequent conductor and organist in Italy, Riley has recently peformed for Voci e Organi Dell’Appennino in Bologna and for the prestigious International Organ festival in Ravenna, Italy. He led the newly formed Market Square Singers to Italy for performances in Rome, Florence, Ravenna and Assisi. Riley holds the Master of Church Music degree in choral conducting and organ from Scarritt Graduate School (Vanderbilt University) in Nashville, TN and the Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. Eric and his wife, Christine, live outside of Hummelstown, PA.

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