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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‘Simple beauty and beautiful simplicity’ at St. Paul’s

Note-Worthy March 20, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, ushered in the Lenten season with a Choral Evensong Sunday afternoon, March 9. The parish’s music director, Zach Hemenway, chose a roster of choral works that perfectly established the somber tone of this most penitential of seasons in the Christian liturgical year, hitting the mark musically […]
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Music from sacred repertoire at St. Paul’s on Saturday

Note-Worthy March 13, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso The Academy of Vocal Arts, the nation’s only full-scholarship school focusing on singing, will pay a visit to Chestnut Hill Saturday, March 15. Led by David Lofton, AVA’s students will perform “Jubilate,” the annual concert featuring selections from the sacred music repertoire. The performance is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in […]
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Memorable Choral Evensong for St. Martin’s 125 years

Note-Worthy March 7, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso As part of its continuing celebration of the 125th anniversary of its founding, the Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Chestnut Hill, celebrated Choral Evensong Sunday afternoon, March 2. Invited to take part in the liturgy and to deliver the sermon was the Rt. Rev. Geralyn Wolf, retired Episcopal Bishop of Rhode Island […]
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St. Paul’s Church continues to stage exemplary concerts

Note-Worthy February 27, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, hosted the third in its series of “Five Friday Concerts for Community” on Friday, Feb. 21. In collaboration with Astral Artists, the local parish presented flutist Juliette Curenton and guitarist Jordan Dodson in a program that spanned more than two centuries of repertoire. Franz Schubert composed […]
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The music of Bach’s son played exquisitely at Woodmere

Note-Worthy February 21, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso Three members of Tempesta di Mare, Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra, celebrated the music of Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach in recital this month. Harpsichordist Adam Pearl, violinist/violist Karina Schmitz and flute & recorder player Gwyn Roberts played music by one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s most accomplished composer sons Feb. 9 at Woodmere Art Museum […]
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‘Most memorable Choral Evensong’ ever at St. Martin’s

Note-Worthy February 13, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso Chestnut Hill’s Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields celebrated both the 125th anniversary of public services at the church and “Candlemas” Choral Evensong Sunday afternoon, Feb. 2. The service, which drew a surprisingly large congregation considering the looming start of the Super Bowl, featured music composed by the parish’s music director, Erik Meyer. […]
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New website for Hill, a ‘mecca’ for classical music

Note-Worthy February 7, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso Chestnut Hillers have long known that their section of the city, although relatively small in size and population, offers some of the region’s finest opportunities to enjoy classical music. We now have a new website guide to many of the concerts that are performed in Chestnut Hill. It’s called “The Chestnut Hill […]
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Annual Ann Stookey Memorial Organ Recital at St. Paul’s

Note-Worthy January 31, 2014 0 Comments

by Michael Caruso Zach Hemenway, music director of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill, presented the annual Ann Stookey Memorial Organ Recital Sunday afternoon, January 26, on the church’s magnificent Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. The performance focused a spotlight on the $250,000 matching grant Stookey’s family established shortly after her death in 2012, creating the […]
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