Full throttle on ‘Alleluia’ at St. Paul’s Church

Note Worthy | March 30th, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Michael Caruso Chestnut Hill was the heart and soul of the local choral universe the weekend of March 17-19. The Academy of Vocal Arts brought its “Jubilate!” celebration of sacred vocal and choral music taken from the grand repertoire to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Friday evening, March 17; then, Sunday afternoon, March 19, Donald […]

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Newly commissioned works at Hill Presbyterian Church

Note Worthy | March 23rd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Lyric Fest, the vocal/instrumental ensemble directed by mezzo Suzanne DuPlantis of East Falls and pianist Laura Ward of Chestnut Hill, is set to present “It’s Elementary” Friday, March 31, in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill at 7:30 p.m. The program, which includes two newly commissioned song cycles, brings together the ancient […]

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Passion of Choral Evensong at St. Paul’s memorable

Note Worthy | March 9th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, marked the last Sunday before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday with a Choral Evensong Feb. 29. The afternoon service’s roster of music included scores by Johann Sebastian Bach, Thomas Tallis, Bryon Adams and Ralph Vaughan Williams. In almost any other setting, the afternoon’s opening […]

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‘Exhausting and electrifying’ music-making at St. Paul’s

Note Worthy | March 1st, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Friday evening’s piano recital by the Bulgarian-born Viktor Valkov was surpassingly important on four counts. First, every “Five Friday Concert for Community” at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, is of paramount importance because it raises funds for Face-to-Face Germantown and Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network. Secondly, the recitals usually feature a […]

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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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