‘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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Energetic ‘Christ Upon the Mountain Peak’ steals the show

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

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, marked the final Sunday after Epiphany and the last Sunday before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday with a Choral Evensong Feb 11. The principal bill of fare conducted by parish music director Zachary Fritsch-Hemenway was Herbert Howells’ setting of the traditional “Magnificat” and “Nunc […]

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Forget Super Bowl; St. Martin’s world premiere instead

Note Worthy | February 7th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, celebrated Choral Evensong Sunday, Feb. 4, with its choir singing the world premiere of Erik Meyer’s Evening Service. Despite the inclement weather and the lure of a pre-Super Bowl party, the event drew a large congregation that heard a distinctive and vibrant addition to […]

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Hill audience enthralled by thrilling Baroque concert

Note Worthy | January 31st, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, performed “Fantasie: Character, Allegory and Imagination” Saturday, Jan. 27, in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. The program of music by composers who worked in the theater as well as in the aristocratic salon enthralled an audience that filled many a pew in the church’s main […]

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Concert by Baroque masters at Hill Presbyterian Church

Note Worthy | January 24th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, will perform “Fantasie: Orchestral Storytelling and Imagination” on Saturday, Jan. 27, 8 p.m., in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Francois Couperin, Jean-Fery Rebel, George Frideric Handel and Johann Sigismund Kusser will comprise the program. Kusser, whose Orchestral Suite III will […]

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Former Hill soloist returns for a stunning recital

Note Worthy | January 18th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Former Chestnut Hill resident Ignat Solzhenitsyn returned to Philadelphia Friday, Jan. 12, to present a solo piano recital under the auspices of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. The event took place in the American Philosophical Society’s Benjamin Franklin Hall in Society Hill and was heard by an enthusiastic audience that jammed the […]

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St. Martin’s Choir warms hearts in frigid weather

Note Worthy | January 12th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, celebrated the ancient Feast of the Epiphany with a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Sunday, Jan. 7. Epiphany, which means “manifestation,” recalls the visit of the wise men from the East who followed a star that led them to Bethlehem of Judea, where […]

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