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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German-Jewish sisters highlighted at Hill Presby Church

Note-Worthy | January 20th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players return to Chestnut Hill Sunday, Jan. 22, 4 p.m., in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Their program is entitled “Sara and Her Sisters” and focuses on music connected to four German-Jewish siblings: Sara Itzig and her sisters Bella, Fanny and Zippora. All four had direct […]

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Lessons and Carols at St. Pauls, Bach at the Basilica

Note-Worthy | January 2nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Michael Caruso Zachary Fritsch-Hemenway, the director of music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill, has been even busier than usual this Advent season. He was the organist for “Christmas at the Cathedral Basilica” Sunday, Dec. 11, and then led the annual Lessons and Carols at St. Paul’s Church Sunday, Dec. 18. In […]

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Christmas concert at Episcopal Cathedral Church draws 500

Note-Worthy | January 2nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Matthew Glandorf conducted Choral Arts Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Bach Collegium, and a bevy of local vocal soloists in a performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” Saturday, Dec. 31. The concert, which spanned 4 to 8 p.m. with an hour-long intermission in the middle to get a bite to eat, was heard […]

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Noteworthy: St. Martin’s choir draws crowd for Advent Processsion

Note-Worthy | December 16th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, hosted its Thirtieth Annual Advent Procession Sunday, December 4. The parish’s intimate Gothic Revival church was packed to see and hear its choir, under the direction of Erik Meyer, celebrate the Advent season in music, Scripture and prayer. Meyer, himself, opened and closed the […]

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St. Paul’s performer recalls suppression of religious music

Note-Worthy | December 1st, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The soloists, choristers and instrumentalists of Vox Ama Deus will return to Chestnut Hill Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. to perform Georg Frideric Handel’s oratorio, “Messiah,” in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Valentin Radu, the ensemble’s founder and artistic director, will conduct the performance. “As many of your readers know,” Radu explained, […]

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Riveting end to liturgical year at St. Paul’s Church

Note-Worthy | November 24th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, marked the end of the liturgical year with a Choral Evensong for the “Feast of Christ the King” Sunday afternoon, Nov. 20. Sunday, Nov. 27, will open the new liturgical year with the First Sunday of Advent, the season of preparation for Christmas, Dec. 25, the […]

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