New St. Paul’s music director cements music’s place in church liturgy

Note Worthy | July 31st, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The position of director of music at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, carries with it responsibilities that go beyond the parish’s particular boundaries within the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. St. Paul’s music director plays an integral part in one of Greater Philadelphia’s finest Sunday liturgies. He or she also directs one […]

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Vocal Arts endowment skyrockets from $3 million to $36 million

Arts, Note Worthy | July 17th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso James McDowell, president and artistic director of Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts, has announced the school’s 2019-20 season of performances. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Le nozze di Figaro” (“The Marriage of Figaro”), Gaetano Donizetti’s “La favorite” and Giuseppe Verdi’s “Un ballo in maschera” (“The Masked Ball”) will be performed in fully staged productions […]

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Anthem at St. Martin’s recalls seven tragic deaths

Arts, Note Worthy | June 12th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, celebrated its final Choral Evensong of the liturgical year Sunday afternoon, June 2, with a performance of a provocative score by Joel Thompson. The work, sung as the anthem at the Offertory, was “The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” and it turned out […]

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‘Panache and precision’ by Piffaro at church on Hill

Arts, Note Worthy | May 22nd, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, brought to a close its local concert season Saturday, May 11, with a performance of “Love, Lust, Life: Ce Moys de May” in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. The program, which highlighted Renaissance music celebrating the month of May, also featured the ensemble’s guest artists, the vocalists […]

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