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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Groundbreaking ‘Vespers’ attracts audience of 500

Note Worthy | January 5th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Under the baton of its artistic director and conductor Matthew Glandorf, Choral Arts Philadelphia and the Bach Festival rounded out the old year and welcomed in the new with a performance of Claudio Monteverdi’s groundbreaking “Vespro della Beata Vergine” (Vespers of the Blessed Virgin) of 1610. The concert, which took place Sunday […]

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Hill soprano singing works of ‘greatest opera composer’

Note Worthy | December 28th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Matthew Glandorf will conduct Choral Arts Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Bach Collegium and the Dark Horse Consort in a performance of Claudio Monteverdi’s “Vespers of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary” of 1610. The concert is scheduled for the afternoon of New Year’s Eve day, Sunday, Dec. 31, 4 p.m. in St. Clement’s Episcopal […]

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‘A German Renaissance Christmas’ at Hill church

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

by Michael Caruso Chestnut Hill was alive with the sounds of singing and instrumental playing last weekend. Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, performed “Es Ist Ein Ros: A German Renaissance Christmas” Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. The following Sunday afternoon at 5, Dec. 17, the same welcoming church played host to […]

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