Orchestra fans looking beyond cancelled spring shows

Note Worthy | April 20th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso With the final series of concerts of the 2019-20 season of both the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia cancelled due to coronavirus and the lockdown in place to curb its spread, local classical music lovers are left looking longingly toward the recently announced 2020-21 season of both ensembles. While […]

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WHYY fills void of concert cancellations

Note Worthy | March 30th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso With all concerts and staged performances of classical music cancelled until after the novel corona virus is brought under control, it has fallen to our local PBS station, WHYY, to keep us in “tonal touch” with some of the greatest music ever composed.  Fortunately, WHYY hasn’t let us down. Over the past […]

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Pearl will sparkle March 14 at Woodmere Art Museum

Note Worthy | March 12th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Adam Pearl, harpsichordist with Tempesta di Mare and a member of the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of Johns Hopkins University, will present a recital of music from the High French Baroque Saturday, March 14, 5 p.m. in the Woodmere Art Museum. The program will be repeated Sunday, March 15, […]

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Would you believe a concert about stock market collapse?

Note Worthy | March 5th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By Michael Caruso Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, performed “Mississippi Bubble” Sunday, March 1, in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. The concert focused on the bursting of the so-called “Mississippi Bubble” investment scheme and the subsequent stock market collapse of 1720, first in France and then throughout much of Europe. The program’s “title […]

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At St. Paul’s, musical Spotts will brighten up church

Note Worthy | February 26th, 2020 | Leave a comment

By Micahel Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, will be the site of one of the most extraordinary displays of virtuosity at the organ in recent memory. Between March 2 and April 7, Rich Spotts will perform the complete “L’Orgue mystique” by Charles Tournemire (1870-1939) on the church’s acclaimed Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. “About a […]

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“First Lady of Renaissance” at Hill Presbyterian Church

Note Worthy | February 21st, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill will host “First Lady of the Renaissance: Music at the Court of Isabella d’Este” Saturday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. Performers include Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, which is in residence at PCCH, and the Newberry Consort. Isabella d’Este, the Marchessa of Mantua, was a diplomat, military leader, […]

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‘O Light’ at St. Martin’s sung with ‘exemplary ensemble’

Note Worthy | February 7th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, marked the ancient “Feast of Candlemas” (“The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple”) with a Choral Evensong Sunday, Feb. 2. It was the first Evensong led by interim music director Lyn Loewi. Her musical program included scores by Bach, Ayleward, Parry, Stanford and Lauridsen. […]

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Concert at St. Paul’s ‘sung with power and poignancy’

Note Worthy | January 31st, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, celebrated the “Conversion of St. Paul” with a Choral Evensong Sunday, Jan. 26. Music director Andrew Kotylo led a program of works mostly composed by Herbert Howells. St. Paul, the “Apostle to the Gentiles,” was one of the greatest missionaries in history. His travels took him […]

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