At Meeting House on Hill, brilliant recorder quartet

Note Worthy | September 26th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Tempesta di Mare, the Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, will open its 2018-19 concert season Saturday, Oct. 6, at 5 p.m. with “Purcell Fantasias” in the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House, 20 East Mermaid Lane. The first of three in the ensemble’s “Artist Recital Series,” it features a recorder quartet comprised of Gwyn Roberts, […]

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Consummate artistry on display at Hill church

Note Worthy | September 20th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, opened its 34th concert season this past weekend with a series of three performances of “Water, Wind & Waves.” The first took place Friday, Sept. 14, in the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral in West Philadelphia while the third was given Sunday, Sept. 16, in Christ Church Christiana Hundred in […]

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St. Paul’s Church seeking a new musical director

Note Worthy | September 6th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Ever since Zachary Hemenway left his position as director of music (organist and choir director) at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, in June of this year, the search has been on to name his replacement. Because St. Paul’s Church plays so prominent a part in the musical life of Chestnut Hill, […]

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Heaven for opera lovers: 4 operas and 7 recitals

Note Worthy | August 22nd, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Academy of Vocal Arts has announced its 2018-19 season of fully staged operas and recitals. The nation’s only full-scholarship school devoted solely to the training of classical singers will present four operas and seven recital programs. The season gets underway Thursday & Friday, Sept. 20 & 21, at 7:30 p.m. with […]

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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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