The Greater South Jersey Chorus will perform Brahms' A German Requiem on May 4 and 17.

The first performance takes place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill. The second performance of Ein deutsches Requiem, at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Evesham, begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 17.

Kelly Bixby, choral director and music teacher at Moorestown Friends School, will be the guest soprano soloist.

Tickets, which cost $20, must be ordered in advanced for the Unitarian Church, which can be reached at 856-667-3618. Tickets for the "Spring Concert" at St. Isaac Jogues will be available at the same price at the door.

Dean Rishel, the chorus' artistic director, will retire this season after conducting the chorus for eight years.

He promises an exciting performance in his program notes: "I firmly believe that the Requiem is most effective when presented at tempi that keep the piece moving along," he wrote in the notes.

"This Requiem was addressed to the living — not sung to mourn the dead," he wrote.

- Inquirer staff