Hemenway shines in final Evensong at St. Paul’s

Note Worthy | April 25th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, marked the third Sunday of Easter with a Choral Evensong led by parish music director Zachary Hemenway and featuring the parish’s Adult Choir and Michael Smith accompanying at the Church’s Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. Smith is the music director at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Whitemarsh. With Hemenway […]

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Largest audience in ‘Five Fridays’ history at St. Paul’s Church

Note Worthy | April 19th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Two of Philadelphia’s most potent musical forces joined arms Friday evening, April 13, to present one of the season’s most memorable concerts. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, hosted the final of its “Five Fridays” of fundraising recitals. The performers were four recorder players from Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia’s leading baroque period […]

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Hill-based choir Crosses over to a Grammy Award

Note Worthy | April 4th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Crossing, the Chestnut Hill-based professional chamber choir founded by Donald Nally and dedicated to performing contemporary music, has had an amazing year. And we’re barely into its fourth month! The Crossing won the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance for its CD “Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century.” And it has […]

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Pearl shines in Bach’s monumental ‘Goldberg Variations’

Note Worthy | March 29th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Harpsichordist Adam Pearl gave three performances of Johann Sebastian Bach’s monumental “Goldberg Variations” March 15, 16 & 17. The longtime harpsichordist for Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, Pearl played Saturday, March 17, in Chestnut Hill’s Woodmere Art Museum as part of Tempesta’s artist recital series. The Peabody Conservatory of Music alumnus […]

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Magnificent ‘Magnificat’ at St. Paul’s Church on Hill

Note Worthy | March 23rd, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, marked the Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 11, with a Choral Evensong. The principal works, the “Magnificat” and the “Nunc Dimittis,” were taken from Herbert Howells’ Evening Service for the Collegiate Church of St. Peter, Westminster. Parish music director Zach Hemenway, with the help of guest […]

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‘A Tribute to Michael Korn’ at St. Paul’s Church

Note Worthy | March 14th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Matthew Glandorf will conduct Choral Arts Philadelphia and the Bach Festival Collegium in “A Tribute to Michael Korn” Friday, March 23, 7 p.m. in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill. The performance will honor Korn’s legacy as a choral conductor and his unique contribution to great music making in Greater Philadelphia. Korn, […]

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On Hill, the most intimate rendition of Requiem ever

Note Worthy | March 8th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso In a gesture of courage many would call foolhardy, the musical forces at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill performed Johannes Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem” (A German Requiem) Sunday afternoon, March 4. Conducted by the congregation’s music director, Daniel Spratlan, and accompanied by pianists Laura Ward & Ken Lovett, the Church’s Gallery […]

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Hill maestro leads Philadelphians in brilliant premiere

Note Worthy | February 28th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Crisitian Macelaru mounted the Philadelphia Orchestra’s podium for the second weekend in a row Feb 22-24. The Chestnut Hill resident led a program that included the local premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s “Low Brass Concerto” plus music by Zoltan Kodaly, Beethoven and Brahms. Higdon, who is both an alumna and faculty member at […]

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Chestnut Hill conductor and magical Bell at Kimmel Center

Note Worthy | February 22nd, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Cristian Macelaru guest-conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra in concert Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. The Chestnut Hill resident led a program consisting of Beethoven’s “Leonore” Overture No. 3, Opus 72b, Henryk Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Opus 22, with Joshua Bell as soloist, and Dvorak’s Symphony […]

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