Announcing Our 5th Anniversary Season

Join us to celebrate our 5th anniversary season with three exciting new concert programs, including our first-ever collaborative project with other local choirs.

The Elements of Song: From Sea to Sky
The program celebrates music referencing the four classical elements: earth, air, fire, and water. All creation draws upon these basic elements, and our physical connection to music grounds us in shared creativity. From a sensual tango by harpist Loreena McKennitt to a gentle madrigal by Claudio Monteverdi to a fiercely wintry setting of Shakespeare’s “Blow, blow, thou winter wind,” each piece brings us closer to the art inherent in the physical world.
Sunday, November 9 at 2 PM @ the First Unitarian Church

40 Voices Singing: Masterworks for Massed Choirs
a collaboration with The Laughing Bird and PhilHarmonia
Do you love supporting Philadelphia musicians? Do you love great music? Then this is the concert for you: join us as we partner with two of our favorite fellow ensembles, The Laughing Bird and PhilHarmonia, to sing some of the best and most exciting music written for large choirs. The program will spotlight Thomas Tallis’ famed “Spem in alium,” better known as the 40-Voice Motet, and other masterworks by early and modern composers. These concerts are made possible with support from the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, PECO, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Puffin Foundation.
Saturday, March 14 at 7 PM @ the First Unitarian Church
Sunday, March 15 at 2 PM @ the Rotunda at Penn

As Birds Do Sing: A 5th Anniversary Concert
To bring our anniversary season to a close, we’ll return to our roots–literally and figuratively–with a springtime concert celebrating the natural world. In homage to the wren on our logo, music about birds and nature was one of our earliest and longest-running themes. We’ll celebrate five years of singing by bringing some of our old favorites out of the vault and sharing our new endeavors.
Sunday, May 17 at 5 PM @ the First Unitarian Church

Free admission. Donations will be accepted at all concerts. Become a subscriber today and support our entire season!

As One: Concert and Dinner

As One, Songs of Pride & Belonging
Sunday, June 1, 2014, at 5 PM
First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Our final concert of the 2013-2014 season uses folk songs and global music traditions to explore how cultural pride and a sense of belonging can be expressed through music. There’s longing, nostalgia and quite a few love songs. Works include the joik “Eatnemen Vuelie,” made famous by the movie Frozen, the salsa rhythms of Cuban favorite “Lágrimas Negras,” the Jewish folk song “El Yivneh Hagalil,” and a contemporary interpretation of the American shape-note tune “Long Time Travelin.”

Please note that this concert starts later than usual, at 5:00 p.m. Donations accepted.

ANNUAL CHESTNUTS DINNER
Join us after the concert to celebrate the end of the season with a dinner of summer favorites. We’ll be feasting on a personalized menu of local produce and handcrafted barbecue, accompanied with a few special musical selections that weren’t part of the evening’s concert program. 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!

Chestnut Street Singers presents As One

ABOUT “AS ONE”

Composers: Betinis, Estevez, Fjellheim, Holst, Istre, Kodály, Matamoros, McGlynn, Pahor, Sozio, Tormis, and Vaughan Williams.

Countries Represented: Cuba, England, Estonia, Hungary, Israel, Ireland, Norway, Slovenia, United States of America, and Venezuela.

Languages: English, Estonian, Hebrew, Hungarian, Irish, Slovenian, and Spanish.

Chestnut Street Singers: Michael Blaakman, Elizabeth Chegezy, Josh Dearing, Nate Gibney, Amy Hochstetler, Michael Johnson, Elissa Kranzler, Kurt Marsden, Ken Olin, Rebekah Reddi, Patrick Ressler, Jordan Rock, Lizzy Schwartz, Dan Sprague, Melinda Steffy, and Caroline Winschel.

To Arms

To Arms, Songs of Strife & Reconciliation
Sunday, March 16, 2014, at 2 PM
First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Our next concert takes on themes of conflict and trauma with an eye toward peace and healing. From the dramatic French Renaissance song “La Guerre” to the lament-filled Shaker hymn “We will walk with mother and mourn,” from Benjamin Britten’s World War II manifesto “Advance Democracy” to contemporary Haitian composer Sydney Guillaume’s “Twa Tanbou,” each selection attempts to make sense of our chaotic world.

We’ll be performing at First Unitarian Church at 2:00 PM. A reception will follow the performance.

Donations accepted. Become a subscriber today and support our entire season!

Chestnut Street Singers presents To Arms

Composers: Britten, Byrd, Gilbert, Guillaume, Janequin, Mechem, Parker, Pärt, Ressler, Scriven, and Shank.

Conflicts/Struggles Represented: Battle of Agincourt (1415), Battle of Marignano (1515), Kandyan Wars (1796–1818), English Reformation (1529–1688), Jim Crow era (1876–1965), World War II (1939–1945), Vietnam War (1956–1975), September 11 attacks (2001), and Madrid train bombings (2004).

Languages: Creole, drum language, English, French, and Middle French.

Major Poets: Paul Laurence Dunbar, Thich Nhat Hanh, Ryan Newstrom, Rumi, Randall Swingler, and Walt Whitman.

Chestnut Street Singers: Michael Blaakman, Josh Dearing, Nate Gibney, Rachel Haimovich, Amy Hochstetler, Michael Johnson, Elissa Kranzler, Kurt Marsden, Ken Olin, Rebekah Reddi, Patrick Ressler, Jordan Rock, Lizzy Schwartz, Dan Sprague, Melinda Steffy, and Caroline Winschel.

For Keeps

For Keeps, Songs of Comfort and Grace
Sunday, November 17, 2013, at 2 PM
First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

Looking for some extra warmth this fall? Join us on Sunday, November 17 for a soothing lullaby by Brahms, a joyous shout by Nystedt, a contemplative hymn by Christiansen — a whole program full of songs about comfort and grace.

We’ll be performing at our home base of First Unitarian Church at 2:00 PM. A reception will follow the performance.

Donations accepted. Become a subscriber today and support our entire season!

Chestnut Street Singers presents For Keeps

Composers: Betinis, Chilcott, Christiansen, Chydenius, Dawson, des Prez, Duménigo, Hrušovský, Nystedt, Palestrina, Rachmaninoff, Schütz, Tallis, and Tippett.

Works Composed by a Chestnut: “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” by our own Jordan Rock.

Languages: English, French, German, Latin, Slavonic, and Spanish.

Chestnut Street Singers: Josh Dearing, Nate Gibney, Ben Guez, Rachel Haimovich, Lucy Harlow, Amy Hochstetler, Michael Johnson, Elissa Kranzler, Ken Olin, Rebekah Reddi, Patrick Ressler, Jordan Rock, Lizzy Schwartz, Melinda Steffy, and Caroline Winschel.