‘Singing of great sensitivity’ at Hill church Evensong

Note Worthy | October 2nd, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, marked the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel and All Angels with a Choral Evensong on Sunday, Sept. 29. Music director Andrew Kotylo led the parish’s adult choir and played its remarkable Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ in a roster of beautiful music in renditions that explicitly affirmed […]

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Choral Evensongs for two Sundays at two Hill churches

Note Worthy | September 26th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Chestnut Hill’s two Episcopal parishes will launch their seasons of Choral Evensongs two Sunday afternoons running, Sept. 29 and Oct. 6, both at 5 p.m. Music director Andrew Kotylo will conduct St. Paul’s adult choir for the first while over at St. Martin-in-the-Fields music director Erik Meyer will lead his parish’s choir […]

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Stellar concert by English choir at St. Martin’s church

Note Worthy | September 19th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields hosted the Choir of Gonville and Caius College at Cambridge University on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15. Guest conducted by Gareth Wilson, the mixed chorus of approximately two-dozen singers performed a varied program of music with admirable technical polish and moving emotional delineation. At the start of […]

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Music by Baroque legends coming to two Hill churches

Note Worthy | September 11th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Although the majority of the structures in Chestnut Hill were built during the 19th and early 20th centuries, Philadelphia’s “village on the hill” has become one of the venues-of-choice for many of the region’s period instruments ensembles that specialize in the pre-1800 century repertoire. Tempesta di Mare Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, Piffaro: the […]

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Music recitals upcoming at St. Paul’s Church on Hill

Note Worthy | September 5th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso With Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, just behind us, it’s not too soon to think about the resumption of the classical music scene in Chestnut Hill. Although it may be a relatively small zip code within Greater Philadelphia, many of the region’s most devoted supporters of classical music call Chestnut […]

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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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