‘Prisoners’ at Hill church; local singers on the Parkway

Note-Worthy May 30, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, brought its 2013-14 season of concerts in Chestnut Hill to a close Saturday, May 17, with a program entitled “Prisoners & Penitents.” Performed in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, the oddly named selection of scores drawn from the late Renaissance and early Baroque repertoires was one of […]
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Memorial concert for beloved singer at church on Hill

Note-Worthy May 22, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso Chestnut Hill was at the epicenter of Greater Philadelphia’s choral music community Friday, May 9. Family, friends and admirers gathered in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill to remember tenor Jeffrey Dinsmore. The founding member of The Crossing, the choir that specializes in contemporary music and is based at the church, died […]
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St. Paul’s concert stunning except for ‘Evening Hymn’

Note-Worthy May 15, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, played host to its third annual Festival of Three Choirs the first weekend of May. Joining the parish’s substantial choral establishment — an adult choir numbering nearly 60 and a children’s choir of almost 20 — were the choirs of Christ Episcopal Church, Alexandria, Virginia, and […]
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Local singer to be memorialized Friday at Hill church

Note-Worthy May 8, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso Donald Nally and The Crossing will present a concert Friday, May 9, at 8 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave., to remember the legacy of tenor Jeffrey Dinsmore. “Please join us as we remember our co-founder, singer and board president, Jeff Dinsmore, who passed away in Los […]
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St. Martin’s 125 years celebrated with concert Sunday

Note-Worthy May 1, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso In celebration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, the parish choir, under the direction of Erik Meyer, will make a pilgrimage to England, where it will be the choir-in-residence at Exeter Cathedral and its London namesake, the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. As […]
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Beloved Hill church singer dies suddenly at age of 42

Note-Worthy April 24, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso Local lovers of choral music were shocked and saddened by the unexpected death of Jeffrey Dinsmore on Monday, April 14, in Los Angeles, where he had just begun rehearsals with The Crossing at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Dinsmore, who was only 42, was a founding member, along with artistic director Donald Nally, […]
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Compelling music honors St. Martin’s 125th anniversary

Note-Worthy April 17, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso The Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, marked the final Sunday of Lent before Palm Sunday during its 125th anniversary year with a Choral Evensong April 6. The afternoon’s guest of honor was the Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the National Episcopal Cathedral Church of Saints Peter & Paul in […]
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Four hands on a piano may be perfect; may be too many

Note-Worthy April 10, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, hosted the fourth in its series of “Five Fridays: Concerts for Community” on March 28. The performers were duo-pianists Stanislava Varshavski and Diana Shapiro. The duo is part of Astral Artists, which provides nearly all of the musicians who perform as part of St. Paul’s “Five […]
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17th and 18th century instruments sparkle at St. Martin’s

Note-Worthy April 3, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso I recently attended three concerts that reminded me of a long departed but still greatly missed concert series. The first was the Chestnut Hill performance of “The Ides of March,” featuring Camerata Ama Deus conducted by its music director, Valentin Radu. The second was a Philadelphia Orchestra concert led by guest conductor […]
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Renaissance Band to celebrate Shakespeare on Hill Saturday

Note-Worthy March 27, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, will celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare with a concert woven around the musical moments in his plays. The world-acclaimed period instruments ensemble will give two performances of the program, the second one taking place in Chestnut Hill. That concert is set for 8 […]
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