Local mezzo-soprano has exhibit of her still-life paintings

Note Worthy | August 8th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso When local music lovers hear or read the name Suzanne DuPlantis, they immediately think of the resplendent East Falls mezzo-soprano who, along with Chestnut Hill pianist Laura Ward, founded and directs Lyric Fest. The pair present fascinating programs that combine poetry set to music spanning the centuries. Many of Lyric Fest’s performances […]

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Fifty from Hill church travel to England to perform

Note Worthy | August 2nd, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The past 12 months have been special and memorable for the musical forces of Chestnut Hill’s Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. During a relaxed conversation several weeks ago, parish music director Erik Meyer looked back with more than a little satisfaction. “The musical highlight for me and the choir,” he said, “was […]

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World premiere at Hill Presbyterian Church a masterpiece

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

by Michael Caruso Donald Nally and The Crossing brought their 2018 “Month of Moderns” to a spectacular finale Saturday, June 30, with the world premiere performance of Kile Smith’s “The Arc in the Sky.” Heard by an audience that truly jam-packed the main sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, the 65-minute, three-section, nine-movement […]

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Musical treasures abound at two Chestnut Hill parishes

Note Worthy | June 28th, 2018 | 1 Comment

by Michael Caruso As in many of the great cities of the world, especially in the U.S., Philadelphia’s classical music community is led by its symphony orchestra. Founded in 1900, the Philadelphia Orchestra remains one of the greatest symphonic ensembles in the world. Its concerts, recordings and tours draw worldwide interest. Philadelphia also boasts a […]

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Festival of choral music at Hill Presbyterian Church

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

by Michael Caruso Donald Nally and The Crossing continued their “Month of Moderns” festival of choral music with their second concert, which was performed Sunday, June 17, in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. The previous weekend’s program featured six very different works of contemporary choral music. This time around, the program featured two settings […]

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Germantown’s Settlement Music School director retiring

Note Worthy | June 13th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Close on the heels of the departure of Zachary Hemenway from his position as music director of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill, another major Northwest Philadelphia musical institution is losing its helmsman. After seven years as the branch director of Settlement Music School’s Germantown Branch, Eric Anderson of Glenside is […]

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‘River Music’ flows into Chestnut Hill church

Note Worthy | May 23rd, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, brought its 2017-18 season of concerts to a close Sunday afternoon, May 20. The concert, entitled “River Music” and comprised of works by Georg Philipp Telemann and Johann Sebastian Bach, was performed at the Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill. The originally scheduled venue had […]

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