Past Concerts

2016-17

 

Fall Concert - Works of Love, Hope & Peace

Sunday, October 23, 2016, 3 p.m.

The Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

 

Our fall concert featured the premiere of Tala' al-Badru 'Alayn by John Conahan and works by Johannes Brahms, Randall Thompson, Moses Hogan, Felix Mendelssohn, Joan Szymko, Sergei Rachmaninov, Pete Seeger, and audience singing.

 

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Joys of the Season

Sunday, December 18, 2016, 4 p.m.

The Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

With Allen Krantz, classical guitar

 

Featuring works by Ola Gjeilo, Eric Whitacre, Francis Poulenc, Alf Houkom, Guiseppe Verdi, Moses Hogan, Mathew Colloten, and more.

 

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Winter Concert—Music in the White House

A Collaboration between Singing City and Lyric Fest

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

St. David’s Episcopal Church, 763 Valley Forge Road, Wayne, PA

Sunday, January 29, 3 p.m.

The Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

 

Featuring music performed in the White House from the early 1800s to the present and narration of presidential history. With Matthew White, Suzanne DuPlantis, Stephen LaBrie, Christine Lyons, Laura Ward, piano; Singing City Choir, Jeffrey Brillhart, conducting; and Charlotte Blake Alston, narrator.

 

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Philadelphia Inquirer story about the concert.

 

2015-16

 

Fall Concert - American Feast

Sunday, November 8, 2015, 3 p.m.

The Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

 

Singing City opened the season with Carol Barnett's The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass, a dazzling work

combining the sacred classical choral tradition with the  sparkling down home sound of banjo, mandolin and fiddle, featuring the DePue Brothers Band; Philadelphia Fanfare,  a newly commissioned work by John Conahan  (with John at the podium) and Jennifer Higdon's Southern Grace.

 

Watch the premiere of Philadelphia Fanfare

 

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Christmas by Candlelight

Saturday, December 19, 2015, 7 p.m.

The Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

With the Philadelphia Brass

 

A festive program of traditional and popular Christmas carols from Britain and beyond featuring works by Stephen Chatman, Daniel Pinkham, Jennifer Higdon, and more.

 

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Spring Concert - Beethoven Choral Fantasy & Mozart Mass in C Minor

Sunday, May 1, 2016, 3 p.m.

The Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

With the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

 

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2014-15

 

Fall Concert—Choral Romance: French & German Masterpieces

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

The Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

With the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

Featuring Bruckner Motets, the Faure Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine

 

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If You Could Hear These Walls

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 3-5 p.m.

Peace is a Haiku Song |1425 Christian Street | Philadelphia, PA

An innovative collaboration between the American Composers Forum with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program at which performed new works by Philadelphia composers Andrew Bleckner and Evan Solot inspired by the mural.

 

 

Winter Concert - African-American Music: Extensions of the Tradition

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Our winter concert  celebrated the vast repertoire of African-American music, spanning several centuries.

Featuring works by Gilbert Martin, Harry T. Burleigh, Rollo Dilworth, Moses Hogan, Damon Dandridge, Roland Carter, Rosephanye Powell, Doreen Rao,
and more. With Singing City, Jeffrey Brillhart, director and The Germantown Friends School Choir, Steve Kushner, director

 

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Spring Concert - I'll Make Me A World

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

This collaborative concert brought Lyric Fest and Singing City together again for a musically eclectic, moving and funny look at our world.  Solo songs of Haydn, Mahler, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Aaron Copland and more, interspersed with choral works of Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre, Arnold Schönberg. The concert included the premiere of The Heavens Declare, the latest new work by Lyric Fest's composer in residence, Kile Smith

With Singing City, Jeffrey Brillhart, conductor; Randall Scarlata, baritone; Elizabeth Weigle, soprano; Chrystal Williams, mezzo-soprano; Laura Ward, piano; and Bryan Anderson, piano.

 

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Spring Concert 2013 - The Children's March

Friday, April 26, 2013, 8 p.m.
Part of PIFA - Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts

The Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA


May 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the Children’s March in Birmingham, Alabama that was the catalyst for bringing about the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. On May 2, 1963, the children of Birmingham, Alabama, flooded the city’s streets—and the city’s jail—to challenge segregation. With dogs and fire hoses, police tried to stop them. Yet, in ways their parents could not, the children prevailed, defying the police intimidation that long had plagued Birmingham’s black community. Singing was a large part of the protest that resulted in the arrest of thousands of children. A DJ  used code and song to spread the word, transmitting news of the march over the radio.

 

Singing City commissioned this riveting work by Philadelphia composer Andrew Bleckner and acclaimed Philadelphia storyteller and narrator Charlotte Blake Alston that tells the story of one moment that changed the course of civil rights in America. The work premiered in April 2013 as part of PIFA (Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts).

 

Download the libretto.