Little-known Baroque composer featured at St. Paul’s

Note Worthy | December 4th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, presented the first performances in its “Artist Recital Series” on Saturday, Nov. 23 in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, and Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. in the Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia. The program featured the music of Silvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750). Four […]

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Choral evensong at St. Paul’s Church this Sunday

Note Worthy | November 20th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, will mark the closing of the current liturgical year with a Choral Evensong celebrating the “Feast of Christ the King” Sunday, Nov. 24, 4 p.m. Herbert Murrill’s setting of the traditional texts of the “Magnificat” and “Nunc Dimittis” will be the central choral works of the […]

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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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