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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500 years after Protestant Reformation marked musically

Note Worthy | November 2nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, joined forces with the acclaimed choir, the Rose Ensemble, to mark the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation with a concert entitled “Welcome the People,” heard in Chestnut Hill Saturday, Oct. 21. It was on Oct. 31, 1517, that the German Augustinian monk, Martin Luther, […]

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Festival of Music next weekend at Hill Presby Church

Note Worthy | October 26th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill will host its annual Festival of Music and the Arts over the first weekend of November. It opens Friday, Nov. 3, 6 to 9 p.m., with “Souls Shot: Portraits of Victims of Gun Violence” in the Church’s Widener Hall. The Festival continues Saturday, Nov. 4, with […]

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Local classical music season kicks off at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill

Note Worthy | October 2nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso With the help of two of its resident ensembles, the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill launched the local classical music season this past weekend. Lyric Fest presented “Pedals, Page-Turns, and Postludes: A View from the Bench” Friday evening, Sept. 22. Then on Saturday evening, Tempesta di Mare opened its season-long celebration of […]

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St. Martin’s choir returns after residency in England

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

by Michael Caruso Fresh from a successful residency in England, the choir of the Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, will sing the first Choral Evensong of their season Sunday, Oct. 1, 5 p.m. Music director Erik Meyer described it as a “Welcome Home” program of music. “As we sang mostly American music in […]

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‘A View from the Bench’ at Hill Presbyterian Church

Note Worthy | September 15th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Lyric Fest, the vocal/instrumental ensemble, opens its 2017-18 season Friday, Sept. 22, 8 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Founded and directed by mezzo-soprano Suzanne DuPlantis of East Falls and pianist Laura Ward of Chestnut Hill, Lyric Fest’s first recital of the season is entitled “Pedals, Page-turns and Postludes: A […]

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Former GFS student musician now conducting Mozart opera

Note Worthy | August 24th, 2017 | 1 Comment

By Michael Caruso Come Thursday, Sept. 24, Philadelphia will become the center of the operatic world. Opera Philadelphia will open its Festival 2017 that evening in the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater with the world premiere of “Elizabeth Cree.” Then, for the next 11 afternoons and evenings, the Festival will perform four more operas and offer […]

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PA Girlchoir hires its first full-time music director

Note Worthy | August 18th, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Michael Caruso The Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Youthchoirs (CY) has chosen Melissa Keylock as the first full-time music director of the Pennsylvania Girlchoir (PG). The girls’ choir partners with the Keystone State Boychoir (KSB) to form the Commonwealth Youthchoirs. PG’s home base is the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill (PCCH). The church’s […]

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