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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Hill church concert to honor late beloved ‘founder’

Arts, Note Worthy | May 16th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Choral Arts Philadelphia will present a “Founder’s Tribute Concert” on Saturday, May 25 at 7 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. The concert will be given in memory of the choir’s founding artistic director Sean Deibler on the 10th anniversary of his death. Matthew Glandorf will conduct the “Founder’s Tribute […]

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Musical memory explored at Hill Library by local pianist

Arts, Note Worthy | May 1st, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Chestnut Hill pianist, pedagogue and arts organizer Marja Kaisla will present an informational talk about the neuroscience of musical memory and its importance for everyday life. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, 1:30 p.m., in the Chestnut Hill Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Registration is free at chlibraryfriends.org […]

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