Great music. And more of it.

Announcing our 2016-2017 Season!

Chestnut Street Singers is so excited to announce our busiest season yet! This year we’ll be expanding to many new venues and adding a second performance of each of our three concert programs. That means you’ll have twice as many chances to hear eclectic choral music by Philadelphia’s only cooperative chorus.

Search for Home
On Movement and Migration

Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 PM
Friends Central School
1101 City Avenue in Wynnewood, PA

Sunday, November 13 at 3 PM
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut St in Philadelphia, PA

Our first concert is less than four weeks away! In our current political climate, there’s no better time to ponder (and sing about) the immigrant experience and what it means to be a stranger in a strange land. With music by Brahms, Betinis, Smiley, Barnwell, and more, we explore the universal experience of searching for home.

Divinity Breathed Forth
The Eternal Hildegard

Saturday, March 25 at 8 PM
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
8855 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, March 26 at 3 PM
Old Saint Joseph’s Church
321 Willings Alley in Philadelphia, PA

More than 800 years after her death, Hildegard von Bingen continues to be one of the most influential figures in Christian and musical history. This concert is centered around mystical texts by Hildegard and others, and features music by contemporary composers Frank Ferko and Daniel Elder.

Mother Tongue
Kodály’s Hungary

Saturday, June 3 at 8 PM
University Lutheran Church
3637 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, June 4 at 3 PM
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut St in Philadelphia, PA

The music of Zoltán Kodály, with its blend of traditional Hungarian folk melodies and 20th-century western harmonies, created a unique image of the composer’s beloved nation. This concert will be anchored in some of Kodály’s most beloved choral music, with complementary pieces by other composers.

Announcing Our 2015–2016 Season!

fray. gather. flourish.

How do we find hope after our world is shattered? In the Chestnut Street Singers’ sixth season, we begin with the end—the end of the world, the unraveling of life and love as we know it. In the winter, we draw together and see a glimmer of hope in the Epiphany, and the promise of new life is fulfilled in verdant spring. Subscribe today.

fray | as shadows fall
Sunday, November 1 at 2 PM, First Unitarian Church
Saturday, November 7 at 7 PM, Grace Church in Haddonfield (tickets)
Composers have always been drawn to the question of what happens when the world comes apart around us. In the music of Poulenc, Whitacre, Gesualdo, and many more, we explore upheaval in all sizes, from the death of love to the apocalypse.

gather | in the stillness born
Sunday, January 10 at 2 PM, First Unitarian Church
When all seems lost and the hopeless cold of winter surrounds us, a child is born in a manger. With works by Howells, Gjeilo, Palestrina, and Pärt, our first ever Christmas concert tells the simple story of three magi finding the world’s salvation in a mother’s arms.

flourish | reckless hope rises
Sunday, May 15 at 5 PM, First Unitarian Church
The cycle completes itself in the spring: here is renewal, new life, and joy practically bursting from our lungs! Our season’s final concert centers around Bach’s Jesu, meine Freude and its promise that paradise grows from the good we sow in the darkest of times.

Let’s have dinner!

Join us after the concert on May 17, 2015, to celebrate the end of the season with a dinner of summer favorites.

We’ll be feasting on a personalized menu of warm-weather delicacies in partnership with Talula’s Daily and Round Guys Brewery to celebrate our fifth anniversary. We can think of no better way to toast the successes of this year’s season and celebrate the friends and supporters who have made such work possible. All proceeds support the work of the Chestnut Street Singers and help us to keep presenting accessible, innovative concerts. Make your reservation today!

Join us for 40 Voices Singing on March 14 and 15

40 Voices Singing: Masterworks for Massed Choirs
with the Chestnut Street Singers, The Laughing Bird, and PhilHarmonia
Saturday, March 14 at 7 PM, First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia
Sunday, March 15 at 2 PM, the Rotunda at Penn
Free admission.
Advance registration recommended–click here to register for free now!

Join us as we partner with The Laughing Bird and PhilHarmonia for 2 once-in-a-lifetime free concerts on March 14 and 15. 40 Voices Singing features three of Philadelphia’s most exciting choral ensembles singing the best repertoire for large choirs, including Thomas Tallis’ legendary “Spem in alium,” also known as the 40-Voice Motet. It is a rarely performed masterpiece of Renaissance polyphony, with 40 singers each singing their own independent part and standing in a circle around the audience.

Other highlights include Jordan Nobles’ “Lux antiqua,” folksongs from Lithuania and Iceland, and an eclectic mass in which each mass movement will be drawn from a different choral setting of the liturgy. You’ll hear the Chestnut Street Singers, The Laughing Bird, and PhilHarmonia each singing their own movement before the massed ensemble performs Samuel Barber’s heart-wrenching “Agnus dei,” the choral setting of his “Adagio for Strings,” as the grand finale.

What better way to celebrate the Chestnut Street Singers’ fifth anniversary season than with this extraordinary concert showcasing the vitality of the Philadelphia choral scene? We can’t wait to see you there to join in the fun–reserve your free seats today!