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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Whitemarsh director became organist before ever playing it

Note Worthy | December 7th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso As St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Whitemarsh, enters the first week of Advent and the 2017 Christmas season, its musical program is benefiting from the talent, expertise and experience of its music director, Michael Smith. Born in Americus, Georgia, and reared in the rural community of Opelika, Alabama, Smith moved to Birmingham for […]

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St. Paul’s concert helps those down on their luck

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

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, hosted the second of this season’s “Five Fridays: Concerts for Community” Nov. 17. The series of chamber music recitals raises money for two local charitable organizations, Face to Face Germantown and the Interfaith Hospitality Network. Both strive to support those in need of a clean and […]

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Mt. Airy soprano displays ‘extravagant fullness of tone’

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

by Michael Caruso West Mt. Airy mezzo-soprano Jody Kidwell and pianist Jeffrey Uhlig joined forces to present a voice-and-piano recital Sunday afternoon, Nov. 19, in the historic Mary Louise Curtis Branch of Settlement Music School in the Queen Village section of the city. The performance was the annual “Karin Fuller Capanna” faculty recital in memory […]

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Chestnut Street comes to Chestnut Hill (pay what you wish) 

Note Worthy | November 16th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Chestnut Street Singers, the local cooperative chamber chorus, will open its 2017/2018 season of concerts with a performance of “The Northern Wild” Saturday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. The program features music by Rautavaara, Tormis, Korvits, Sibelius, Elgar, Esenvalds, Kodaly and Schafer. The concert will […]

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Hill maestro takes Phila. Orchestra into outer space

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

By Michael Caruso The final weekend of October and the first of November provided me with the chance to make a quick check on the state of orchestral playing in Philadelphia. I heard the Philadelphia Orchestra perform in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall Saturday evening, Oct. 28, and also the following Saturday, Nov. 4. In […]

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