Superb choral performance, as usual, at St. Paul’s Church

Note Worthy | October 19th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, celebrated the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila Sunday afternoon, Oct. 15, with a Choral Evensong that featured music by Paul Hindemith, Philip Radcliffe, Kenneth Leighton, Samuel Wesley, Leo Sowerby, David Conte and Jehan Alain. Music director Zach Fritsch-Hemenway was joined by the Church’s 50-plus-member Adult […]

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Local classical music season kicks off at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill

Note Worthy | October 2nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso With the help of two of its resident ensembles, the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill launched the local classical music season this past weekend. Lyric Fest presented “Pedals, Page-Turns, and Postludes: A View from the Bench” Friday evening, Sept. 22. Then on Saturday evening, Tempesta di Mare opened its season-long celebration of […]

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St. Martin’s choir returns after residency in England

Note Worthy | September 22nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Fresh from a successful residency in England, the choir of the Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, will sing the first Choral Evensong of their season Sunday, Oct. 1, 5 p.m. Music director Erik Meyer described it as a “Welcome Home” program of music. “As we sang mostly American music in […]

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‘A View from the Bench’ at Hill Presbyterian Church

Note Worthy | September 15th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Lyric Fest, the vocal/instrumental ensemble, opens its 2017-18 season Friday, Sept. 22, 8 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Founded and directed by mezzo-soprano Suzanne DuPlantis of East Falls and pianist Laura Ward of Chestnut Hill, Lyric Fest’s first recital of the season is entitled “Pedals, Page-turns and Postludes: A […]

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Former GFS student musician now conducting Mozart opera

Note Worthy | August 24th, 2017 | 1 Comment

By Michael Caruso Come Thursday, Sept. 24, Philadelphia will become the center of the operatic world. Opera Philadelphia will open its Festival 2017 that evening in the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater with the world premiere of “Elizabeth Cree.” Then, for the next 11 afternoons and evenings, the Festival will perform four more operas and offer […]

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PA Girlchoir hires its first full-time music director

Note Worthy | August 18th, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Michael Caruso The Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Youthchoirs (CY) has chosen Melissa Keylock as the first full-time music director of the Pennsylvania Girlchoir (PG). The girls’ choir partners with the Keystone State Boychoir (KSB) to form the Commonwealth Youthchoirs. PG’s home base is the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill (PCCH). The church’s […]

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Great music and art married at Settlement Music School

Note Worthy | August 11th, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Michael Caruso When students at the Germantown branch of Settlement Music School return for lessons Tuesday, Sept. 5, they’ll enter a facility that has undergone extensive renovations and additions during the past decade. Branch director Eric Anderson, of Glenside, explained that the property at 6128 Germantown Ave. that forms the central core of the […]

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Note Worthy | January 30th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, presented its first Choral Evensong song of 2017 Sunday, Jan. 29. The service marked the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul and featured the parish’s combined adult and treble choirs plus organ scholar Joseph Russell at the church’s incomparable Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. It was Russell […]

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