Sacred choral music spiritually uplifting at Hill venue

Note Worthy | November 6th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The past two Sunday afternoons, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3, offered local music lovers the rare opportunity of hearing two glorious examples of sacred choral music in excellent performances. The first featured the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, under the direction of acting artistic director John Leonard, singing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s masterpiece, the “All-Night […]

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Huge ensemble ‘Handels’ baroque concert magnificently

Note Worthy | October 30th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia’s premiere baroque instruments orchestra, opened its 2019-20 season with a concert entitled “Orchestral Gardeners: Concerti and Suites by Handel and Telemann” Friday, Oct. 18, in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Two principal scores by each 18th century master were performed for an audience that nearly filled the […]

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World premiere at Hill church inspires heart and soul

Note Worthy | October 23rd, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Two of Chestnut Hill’s most prominent churches hosted two concerts over the same weekend that couldn’t have been more different regarding the repertoire that was performed. The Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields was the Oct. 11 site of “Vivaldissimo,” a celebration of the music of the baroque master, Antonio Vivaldi, by the […]

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Choral Evensong sparkles at St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Note Worthy | October 16th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, hosted its first Choral Evensong of the season Sunday, Oct. 6. Music director Erik Meyer, who only recently announced his decision to step down from his post as of Jan. 5, 2020, conducted the parish choir in music by James Buonemani, Bruce Neswick, Roland […]

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‘Singing of great sensitivity’ at Hill church Evensong

Note Worthy | October 2nd, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, marked the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel and All Angels with a Choral Evensong on Sunday, Sept. 29. Music director Andrew Kotylo led the parish’s adult choir and played its remarkable Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ in a roster of beautiful music in renditions that explicitly affirmed […]

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Choral Evensongs for two Sundays at two Hill churches

Note Worthy | September 26th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Chestnut Hill’s two Episcopal parishes will launch their seasons of Choral Evensongs two Sunday afternoons running, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6, both at 5 p.m. Music director Andrew Kotylo will conduct St. Paul’s adult choir for the first while over at St. Martin-in-the-Fields music director Erik Meyer will lead his parish’s choir […]

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Stellar concert by English choir at St. Martin’s church

Note Worthy | September 19th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields hosted the Choir of Gonville and Caius College at Cambridge University on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15. Guest conducted by Gareth Wilson, the mixed chorus of approximately two-dozen singers performed a varied program of music with admirable technical polish and moving emotional delineation. At the start of […]

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Music by Baroque legends coming to two Hill churches

Note Worthy | September 11th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Although the majority of the structures in Chestnut Hill were built during the 19th and early 20th centuries, Philadelphia’s “village on the hill” has become one of the venues-of-choice for many of the region’s period instruments ensembles that specialize in the pre-1800 century repertoire. Tempesta di Mare Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, Piffaro: the […]

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Music recitals upcoming at St. Paul’s Church on Hill

Note Worthy | September 5th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso With Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, just behind us, it’s not too soon to think about the resumption of the classical music scene in Chestnut Hill. Although it may be a relatively small zip code within Greater Philadelphia, many of the region’s most devoted supporters of classical music call Chestnut […]

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