Christmas concerts at three Hill area churches this Sunday

Arts, Local Life, Note Worthy | December 12th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Chestnut Hill music lovers will have the privilege of taking in some of the region’s finest performances of Christmas music this weekend. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, will present its annual “Lessons & Carols” service Sunday, Dec. 16, at 5 p.m. Interim music director Steven Gearhart and interim organist James Batt […]

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Thrilling program at St. Martin’s ushers in liturgical year

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

by Michael Caruso The Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, ushered in the new liturgical year with its 32nd annual Advent Procession Sunday, Dec. 2, the first Sunday of Advent. Music director Erik Meyer presided over a program of music that included works by Hugo Distler, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Norman Luboff, Caroline Mallonee, […]

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Hill conductor triumphant with Phila. Orchestra concerts

Note Worthy | November 28th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Cristian Macelaru guest conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts Nov. 23 & 24 in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. The Chestnut Hill resident and former assistant, associate and conductor-in-residence with the Philadelphians led an all-American program that drew a full house Saturday evening. Macelaru put a particularly personal stamp on the concert’s […]

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New director of music coming to St. Paul’s Church

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

by Michael Caruso The search is over! St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, has announced the hiring of a director of music to succeed Zachary Hemenway, who departed in June for Seattle. Andrew Kotylo will take over the musical reins of one of Greater Philadelphia’s leading church musical organizations effective Feb. 12, 2019. Kotylo will […]

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At Hill church, Juilliard School alumni mostly superb

Note Worthy | November 15th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, continued its season of “Five Fridays: Concerts for Community” Nov. 9 with a recital featuring cellist Thomas Mesa and pianist Natalia Kazaryan. The two young musicians, both alumni of the Juilliard School and represented by the locally based Astral Artists, performed a program featuring works by […]

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Hill musicians pay tribute to Leonard Bernstein, genius

Note Worthy | October 31st, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Nearly 600 music lovers gathered together in the Kimmel Center’s intimate Perelman Theater Sunday, Oct. 21, to celebrate the legacy of Leonard Bernstein. The “Biography in Music” was organized by the Chestnut Hill-based Lyric Fest and presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Bernstein, who lived from 1918 until 1990, remains the […]

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Baroque quartets stunning at Hill Presbyterian Church

Note Worthy | October 24th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players opened their local concert season Friday, Oct. 19, with a program comprised of five quartets composed by German baroque master Georg Philipp Telemann. The concert was given in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill and was heard by a goodly sized audience that was generous in […]

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‘Peerless lyricism’ in concert at St. Paul’s Church

Note Worthy | October 17th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, was a beehive of musical activity this past weekend. It hosted its first “Five Fridays: Concerts for Community” Oct. 12. Then on Sunday, Oct. 14, it was the site of a Choral Evensong featuring its Adult Choir. The Friday evening concert’s featured soloist was pianist Henry […]

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New artists-in-residence at Hill Presbyterian Church

Note Worthy | October 10th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill has announced the appointment of the Fairmount String Quartet as artists-in-residence. The ensemble’s inaugural performance is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in PCCH’s Cruikshank Burleigh Memorial Chapel. The Fairmount String Quartet is comprised of violinists Rachel Segal and Leah Kim, violist Beth Dzwil […]

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