‘A French Noel’ fills sanctuary at Hill Presby Church

Arts, Local Life, Note Worthy | January 4th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Piffaro, Philadelphia’s Renaissance Band, brought the local classical music Christmas season to a close Saturday, Dec. 22, with “A French Noel.” The concert was performed in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill and drew an audience that nearly filled the church’s sanctuary. The concert offered a survey of the music that would […]

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‘A Native Hill’ not quite finished, but still masterful

Arts, Local Life, Note Worthy | December 28th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Due to its overwhelming popularity, Donald Nally and The Crossing presented their annual holiday concert, “The Crossing @ Christmas,” twice this season. The first performance was given Friday, Dec. 14, in the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square. The second was sung closer to home: in the Presbyterian Church […]

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‘A French Noel’ Saturday at Hill Church; Merci beaucoup!

Arts, Local Life, Note Worthy | December 19th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Piffaro, Philadelphia’s internationally acclaimed Renaissance Band, will present “A French Noel” Saturday, Dec. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, its local home base. Joining the members of the band will be Les Canards Chantants, the solo voice ensemble, and Mark Jaster & Sabrina Mandell from Happenstance Theater. […]

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Christmas concerts at three Hill area churches this Sunday

Arts, Local Life, Note Worthy | December 12th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Chestnut Hill music lovers will have the privilege of taking in some of the region’s finest performances of Christmas music this weekend. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, will present its annual “Lessons & Carols” service Sunday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m. Interim music director Steven Gearhart and interim organist James Batt […]

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Thrilling program at St. Martin’s ushers in liturgical year

Note Worthy | December 5th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, ushered in the new liturgical year with its 32nd annual Advent Procession Sunday, Dec. 2, the first Sunday of Advent. Music director Erik Meyer presided over a program of music that included works by Hugo Distler, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Norman Luboff, Caroline Mallonee, […]

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Hill conductor triumphant with Phila. Orchestra concerts

Note Worthy | November 28th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Cristian Macelaru guest conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts Nov. 23 & 24 in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. The Chestnut Hill resident and former assistant, associate and conductor-in-residence with the Philadelphians led an all-American program that drew a full house Saturday evening. Macelaru put a particularly personal stamp on the concert’s […]

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New director of music coming to St. Paul’s Church

Note Worthy | November 21st, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The search is over! St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, has announced the hiring of a director of music to succeed Zachary Hemenway, who departed in June for Seattle. Andrew Kotylo will take over the musical reins of one of Greater Philadelphia’s leading church musical organizations effective Feb. 12, 2019. Kotylo will […]

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At Hill church, Juilliard School alumni mostly superb

Note Worthy | November 15th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, continued its season of “Five Fridays: Concerts for Community” Nov. 9 with a recital featuring cellist Thomas Mesa and pianist Natalia Kazaryan. The two young musicians, both alumni of the Juilliard School and represented by the locally based Astral Artists, performed a program featuring works by […]

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