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Pop, swing and a little jazz Oct. 12 at Chorale’s show

Oct 09, 2012
Source: Submitted The Arts Chorale of Winchester shown at the Washington Cathedral.

Join the Arts Chorale of Winchester at the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival for pop, swing and a little jazz featuring the group’s newly released CD.

The concert will showcase Bob Chilcott’s “Little Jazz Mass” for choir, piano, bass, and percussion as well as selections by Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael and others of the era. The concert will be held in All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 18 Olive Avenue, Rehoboth, on Friday, Oct.  12 at 8 p.m.

Admission is by donation. Suggested donation is $10. The Arts Chorale of Winchester is a group of more than 70 auditioned singers and is currently entering its 12th season. Under the musical direction of Michael Main and accompanist Richard McPherson, the ACW continues to provide a performance opportunity for people of all walks of life who love to sing and aspire to a high standard of music-making.

Michael Main, founding artistic director, brings over 35 years of choral experience as both conductor and singer. Main served as music director of the Loudoun Chorale, was director of the Loudoun-Robey Chorus, a charter member of the Consort of Voices, performed sixteen seasons with Winchester Musica Viva Chamber Choir and eight seasons with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Fest as chorister/soloist.

Organist, pianist and rehearsal accompanist, Richard McPherson, serves as Organist/Director of Music at Calvary Episcopal Church, Front Royal, Va. He holds the title of professor emeritus at James Madison University, where he completed a 29-year tenure in the School of Music, taught applied organ, harpsichord, music theory and courses in sacred music.

Dr. McPherson earned the bachelor of music degree from the University of Michigan, a master of music from Wichita State University, Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan, and has pursued additional post-doctoral studies at the Eastman School of Music and Westminster Choir College. For more information go to

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