New­town Orches­tra to ful­fill a legacy of love with ‘Re­quiem’ per­for­mance N

The Advance of Bucks County - - POLICE REPORTS -

EWTOWN – A com­poser’s dream will be re­al­ized and a legacy of love IuO­fiOOHG wKHn WKH 1Hw­town Cham­ber Orches­tra, un­der the di­rec­tion of Dr. Rus­sell Hoff­man, per­forms the “Missa De Pro­fuc­tis Re­quiem” on Satur­day, June 1 at Penns­bury High School West’s Keller Hall in Fair­less Hills.

The re­quiem, com­posed by Dr. Sa­muel Bel­lardo, hon­ors the me­mory of Joseph L. Bel­lardo III, who died trag­i­cally in an au­to­mo­bile ac­ci­dent in Tren­ton on May 17, 2003.

Fol­low­ing Joseph’s death, Dr. Bel­lardo, a Jul­liard grad­u­ate and pro­fes­sor of mu­sic for more than 3R years at Kutz­town rniver­sity and later at Bucks County Com­mu­nity Col­lege, ap­proached Joseph’s par­ents, Joseph Jr. and Agnes with his vi­sion to com­pose the re­quiem.

Dr. Bel­lardo’s com­mit­ment was driven by his love of the arts and love for his fam­ily. As the mu­sic emerged, he worked con­tin­u­ously for the next four years, com­plet­ing the com­po­si­tion in Jan­uary 2007.

On Feb. 6, 2007, Dr. Bel­lardo was set to meet with friend and col­league, Rick Tocce, to dis­cuss con­vert­ing the com­po­si­tion into a soft­ware pro­gram so he could more eas­ily or­ches­trate the work. That meet­ing never took place. On the drive to Washington Cross­ing, Dr. Bel­lardo sWRSSHG DW WKH SRsW RI­fiFH WR PDLO D OHWWHU RI UHFRPPHnGD­tion for one of his former stu­dents. Trag­i­cally, Dr. Bel­lardo died that evening from in­juries sus­tained in an au­to­mo­bile ac­ci­dent. The re­quiem was found on the front seat of his car the next morn­ing.

Since Dr. Bel­lardo’s death, his fam­ily and former col­leagues have been com­mitWHG WR IuO­fiOOLnJ KLs GUHDP RI bring­ing the Re­quiem to per­for­mance.

7RFFH sHOflHssOy WRRN Rn the ex­act­ing task of en­ter­ing the Re­quiem score into the com­puter pro­gram so that it could be or­ches­trated. Then, Mae­stro Fer­nando Raucci, an­other former col­league of Dr. Bel­lardo’s, con­nected the fam­ily with Mae­stro Piero Niro of the rniver­sity of Cam­pobasso, Italy who or­ches­trated the work ac­cord­ing to the in­struc­tions left by Dr. Bel­lardo.

The fam­ily, along with friends and col­leagues of Dr. BHOODUGR KDYH FRPPLWWHG finDnFLDOOy WKURuJK DOO WKH stages lead­ing up to the per­for­mance and have raised more than 90 per­cent of the nec­es­sary funds. How­ever, with ad­di­tional costs re­main­ing, do­na­tions and spon­sors wRuOG EH JUHDWOy DSSUHFLDWHG WR PHHW WKH UHPDLnLnJ fi­nan­cial needs and com­mit­ment to com­plete this la­bor of love.

To be­come a spon­sor or to make a do­na­tion and be rec­og­nized in the per­for­mance keep­sake pro­gram, e-mail bel­lar­dore­quiem@gmail.com.

All net pro­ceeds from the June 1 per­for­mance will be di­vided be­tween the New­town Cham­ber Orches­tra and the Lewis and Elizabeth Bel­lardo Schol­ar­ship Fund at the Jul­liard School of Mu­sic in New York City in me­mory of Dr. Sa­muel Bel­lardo and Joseph L. Bel­lardo, III.

Tick­ets for the per­for­mance can be pur­chased on­line at www.new­town­cham­berorches­tra.orgL or will be avail­able at the door on the night of the per­for­mance.

Dr. Sa­muel Bel­lardo, left, and Joseph L. Bel­lardo III.

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