Period instruments at two Hill churches this weekend

Local Life, Note-Worthy | October 17th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Chestnut Hill will be alive with the sounds of period instruments this weekend. Romanian-born Valentin Radu will conduct the Camerata Ama Deus in “Sempre Vivaldi” (Forever Vivaldi) Friday, Oct. 17, 8 p.m., in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill. Then on the following evening, Saturday, Oct. 18, Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, will present […]

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First of ‘Five Fridays’ brings Beethoven to St. Paul’s

Local Life, Note-Worthy | October 9th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill, hosted the first in its “Five Fridays” series of chamber music recitals Friday, Oct. 3. The series devotes all its proceeds to Northwest Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network and Face-to-Face Germantown, two charitable organizations that help people in need make the transition from homeless shelters to housing […]

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‘Shakespeare’s Songs’ charming at Woodmere Art Museum

Note-Worthy | October 3rd, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Chestnut Hill’s Woodmere Art Museum hosted Tempesta di Mare co-founder/co-director Richard Stone on lute and soprano Julianne Baird in “Songs for Shakespeare” on Saturday, Sept. 20. Although Woodmere has sadly cut back on the scope of its classical music offerings, ensembles such as Tempesta di Mare, Greater Philadelphia’s leading period instruments ensemble, […]

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From Romania to Chestnut Hill: moving classical musical journey

Note-Worthy | September 26th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso The Philadelphia Orchestra opens its 2014-15 season this weekend, Sept. 26-28, with a trio of concerts in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. Music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin will conduct a program that includes Richard Strauss’ “An Alpine Symphony” and Curtis Institute of Music alumnus Lang Lang as the soloist in Mozart’s “Piano Concerto […]

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Black-and-white musical ‘diamond’ discovered in G’tn

Note-Worthy | September 11th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Germantown’s Cunningham Piano Company was recently named by the legendary Viennese piano-maker Bosendorfer as its official destination for restoring pianos of owners living in North, Central and South America. For many years, Cunningham has been the region’s sole franchise for selling new Bosendorfers, instruments likened to a Rolls Royce for their peerless […]

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Hill resident now heads Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

Note-Worthy | September 5th, 2014 | 3 Comments

by Michael Caruso The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia recently announced the appointment of Janelle McCoy as its new executive director. Originally from rural North Carolina, the Chestnut Hill resident leaves a similar post at the Mendelssohn Club, one of America’s oldest choruses, and assumes her new position as the Chamber Orchestra begins the celebration of […]

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Hill church choir performs in 700-year-old cathedral

Note-Worthy | August 15th, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Chestnut Hill’s Episcopal Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields celebrated the 125th anniversary of its founding with a trip by its choir to England. Led by parish music director Erik Meyer, the choir sang at Exeter Cathedral and its namesake parish, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London. Back home from the adventure, Meyer first put the […]

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Indoors again for Pastorius; great Irish/Celtic concert

Note-Worthy | July 31st, 2014 | Leave a comment

by Michael Caruso Once again the weather had its way with another Pastorius Park concert. The John Byrne Band’s July 16 performance was driven indoors to the lower school auditorium of Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. At least this time around, the predicted torrential downpour actually did occur, so the concert’s organizer, the Chestnut Hill Community […]

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