Fall Concert

Street Requiem


Sunday, October 21, 2018, 3 p.m.

Old First Reformed Church of Christ, 151 N. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA


With Corinn Altomare, mezzo-soprano and Colin Doyle, tenor


Singing City will perform the Philadelphia premiere of Street Requiem. This 50-minute cantata, written in 2014 by Australian composers Kathleen McGuire, Andy Payne, and Jonathon Welch, features a powerful variety of musical styles, ranging from gospel to South African freedom music. It was written to bring a sense of peace, remembrance and hope to communities struggling with homelessness.


Special guests Rabbi David Straus and Rev. Rebecca Fitzpatrick will lead the choir and audience in a remembrance of those who have lost their lives on the streets. A collection of clothing and other items will benefit the Bethesda Project, a local organization that serves the homeless in Philadelphia.


The work of Shoot From Within Photography will be on display–selected photos from Perseverance With Dignity, a series of images depicting homeless people in Philadelphia. Of this series, photographer Chris Brown says, "I wanted to catch the soul of the person through their eyes. I don't want someone to say, 'I pity them.' My photographs aren't about pity. They're about empathy."


Tickets are $25; $10 for students, available through our online box office.


Press release.