St. Paul’s makes beautiful music for local charities

Note Worthy | May 12th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, hosted the final “Five Fridays” chamber music recital of the 2016-17 season on May 5. The series raises money for Face to Face Germantown and Philadelphia Hospitality Network, two local charities striving to help the homeless throughout Northwest Philadelphia. Over the past six years, the series […]

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All-female choir sparkles at CH Presbyterian Church

Arts, Note Worthy | April 28th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Pennsylvania Girlchoir, based at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, presented the Lorelei Ensemble in concert Saturday, April 22, at the church. One of the few all-female professional choirs in America, the Lorelei Ensemble sang a program that ranged from late Medieval Spain to scores composed within the past few years. […]

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Hill churches mark Lent with powerful choral performances

Note Worthy | April 21st, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Michael Caruso Chestnut Hill’s two Episcopal parishes plus the Roman Catholic Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul presented choral performances that marked the final week of the Lenten season leading up to Palm Sunday. The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields hosted a Lenten Choral Evensong Sunday afternoon, April 2; St. Paul’s Church offered Choral […]

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Astral Trio reaches for the stars at St. Paul’s

Note Worthy | April 13th, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, hosted the fourth in its series of “Five Fridays” fundraising chamber music recitals March 31. The performing ensemble was the Astral Trio, comprised of violinist Eunice Kim, cellist Christine Lamprea and pianist Sejoon Park. I was especially eager to hear Park’s contribution; he’s both an alumnus […]

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Pure singing, immaculate ensemble at Hill United Church

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

  by Michael Caruso The Chestnut Hill United Church hosted the Brandywine Singers in concert Saturday evening, March 18. Conducted by their artistic director, Jonathan Kraemer, the choir performed two motets by Johann Sebastian Bach and three modern scores based on traditional texts that fit into the ongoing continuum of sacred choral music dating all […]

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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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