Concert with Tim Bentch
On Sunday, March 11, the Chamber Choir of Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster will be in concert with Timothy Bentch, tenor, and the Philadelphia Praise Center Indonesian Praise team at St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, Lancaster. The concert starts at 3 p.m. The concert is free to the public, but a freewill offering will be taken, with a recommended donation of $25 to support the Chamber Choir’s short-term mission assignment in Indonesia this summer under Eastern Mennonite Missions’ GO! program.
As a professional opera singer, Bentch has sung more than forty operatic roles and has performed extensively in oratorio and symphonic repertoire throughout Europe. He sang in all the leading venues in Hungary including the Hungarian State Opera and the Hungarian National Philharmonic appearing before presidents and prime ministers with many television appearances and radio broadcasts. Recent performances include the Britten War Requiem with the Hungarian National Philharmonic, the Evangelist in Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion with the Hungarian State Opera, Medelssohn’s Lobgesang with the Costa Rica Symphony, the Verdi Requiem with the South Dakota Symphony, the Evangelist in Bach’s Saint John Passion in Hong Kong, and Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with the South Dakota Symphony.
Bentch is the co-founder of the Crescendo Summer Institute in Hungary, a classical music institute for musicians from more than thirty different countries, now in its 15th season. While still accepting a limited number of singing engagements, he has recently stepped back from full-time singing to fulfill his calling to ministry. He completed his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2013 and currently serves as lead pastor at Souderton Mennonite Church.
The Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster is a program of Lancaster Mennonite School. The auditioned performing choir includes the Carol Choir (grades 2-5), Concert Choir (grades 6-8) and Chamber Choir (grades 9-12), led by artistic director Rosemary Blessing and Carol and Concert Choir director Sarah Wingard. MCCL also offers non-auditioned programs: Prelude Music (kindergarten through grade 2) and Choristers I & II (grades 2-8). The mission of MCCL is training children and youth to glorify Jesus Christ through excellent choral singing.