The Pike County Choral Society is currently rehearsing for its presentation of Brahms' “A German Requiem,” along with Gabriel Faure's “Cantique De Jean Racine” at 7 pm, Saturday, June 14 at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 5th and Catharine Street, Milford.


The Pike County Choral Society is currently rehearsing for its presentation of Brahms' “A German Requiem,” along with Gabriel Faure's “Cantique De Jean Racine” at 7 pm, Saturday, June 14 at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 5th and Catharine Street, Milford.

Brahms' “A German Requiem” is rarely performed as it is very difficult. Tickets are $10 per person and will be available in advance by calling Lorna at 570-775-9436, or at the door the day of the concert.

The Choral Society will be directed by Founder/Director Johanan Bickhardt, who is a versatile and multifaceted performer. He has conducted and produced numerous concerts and recordings, directing major artists and ensembles the world over in addition to also singing in oratorios and operatic roles.

Featured soloists will be: Julie Ziavras, Soprano and Charles D. Osborne, Baritone. Charles Osborne is internationally recognized as a cantor, composer and conductor. A graduate of the Hartt School of Music and The Cantors Institute (now H.L. Miller Cantorial School) of Jewish Theological Seminary, he has made numerous recital, concert and operatic appearances throughout the United States, Europe and Israel. He has recorded extensively with the Zamir Chorale of Boston, and is featured on the Western Wind's acclaimed “Birthday of the World.”

Cantor Osborne has composed three full-length oratorios, a symphony, concertos for flute, guitar, viola and harp, numerous other symphonic works, and over 200 choral pieces. His oratorio, “Souls On Fire” (based on the book by Elie Wiesel, with libretto by Aryeh Finklestein) made its Lincoln Center debut in June 2004 and has been performed throughout the United States. His oratorio, “Kings and Fishermen” debuted at Lincoln Center in June, 2005.  Charles Osborne currently serves as spiritual leader of The Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms, and teaches at Hebrew College of Boston.

Soprano Julie Ziavras has won praise for her vocal beauty, musicianship, and dramatic stage persona with a repertory that spans opera, art song, contemporary music, international and folk ballads. She has performed in concert, on radio and TV in the US and abroad. She is currently on MP3 in a vocalize written for her by Greek composer, Spiros Cardamis. Renowned composer/music director Manos Hadjadakis invited her to Greece to appear on Greek National Radio (ERT) for numerous concerts and live broadcasts of classical and contemporary works, including a simulcast world premiere at the Piraeus National Theatre. She toured Greece and Serbia with Greek composer/classical guitarist Notis Mavroudis, premiering selections from her solo CD “Simply Mavroudis.” She has appeared abroad in international festivals and with her husband, singer/songwriter Ken DeAngelis in folk venues as part of the duo “Ken and Julie.”  In 2005, they released their debut CD “The Dream” of his original songs and toured Nova Scotia. Ziavras holds both Bachelor and Master's degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. Visit her at www.kenandjulie.com.

Organist, Henry Repp, the Pike County Choral Society's Accompanist and Co-Director, has been organist/choir director at the Peapack Reformed Church in Gladstone, NJ, for 23 years.  He studied with Robert MacDonald at the Riverside Church in New York and the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ. He accompanied The Messiah performances for many years with the Dover area Oratorio Choir. He has also been the accompanist for the Sussex County Oratorio Society, the Livingston Festival Choir Concerts, and the Broadway Show Tunes Revue. In addition, he has performed numerous organ concerts on a variety of organs including St. Thomas Church in Manhattan and the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Newark. He is affiliated with the New Peapack Players and served as musical director for productions of “Our Town” and “Caught in the Villain's Web.” Repp founded the Peapack Reformed Church Community Choir and was director/organist of Dubois' “The Last Seven Words of Christ” in 2007. He has been this Choral Society's regular concert accompanist for the life of the Choral Society.

The Pike County Choral Society always welcomes new members. Rehearsals are Mondays, 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 Broad St, Milford.

Come out and enjoy Brahms “A German Requiem.” For more information, or tickets in advance, please call Lorna at 570-775-9436.