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.
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!
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
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!
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!
Chestnut Street Singers is recruiting! We are currently scheduling auditions for experienced male singers of all voice parts.
To learn more or to request an audition, click here.