The Hill is alive with the sound of music

Note-Worthy | February 24th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, will be even more alive with music this weekend than the norm — and that’s saying something. The church will host the third in its series of “Five Fridays” Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., then celebrate Choral Evensong Sunday, Feb. 26, 5 p.m. The featured artist Friday […]

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‘Surprise’ score by St. Paul’s choir flawless

Note-Worthy | February 15th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, celebrated Choral Evensong Sunday, Feb. 12. The musical program chosen by music director Zachary Fritsch-Hemenway included choral pieces the church’s choir will sing during its July residency in London at both St. Paul’s Cathedral and the “original” Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. The afternoon’s “surprise” score was […]

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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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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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Choral Arts Philadelphia, Bach Collegium perform Bach’s ‘Christmas Oratorio’ on Dec. 31

Note-Worthy | December 28th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso When Choral Arts Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Bach Collegium perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” Saturday, Dec. 31, in the Episcopal Cathedral of Philadelphia, four local singers will be taking prominent, solo parts in the concert. They are tenor James Reese, soprano Ulrike Shapiro, soprano Rebecca Myers, and alto Jennifer Smith. Bach’s […]

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