Announcing our 2018–2019 Season

With new venues, new musical styles, and our largest roster ever, Chestnut Street Singers is excited to announce our 2018–2019 season! This year, we’ll explore the struggles that unite us and the stories we hold dear in three separate concert programs:

  • in November, We Who Believe will take up the mantle of revolution, with songs and poetry reflecting generations of struggle, reconciliation, and faith;
  • in March, we’ll go Behind Closed Doors to consider works and themes that were originally composed or performed in secret;
  • and in June, The Silent Forest will offer a meditation on what grounds us, with centuries of lesser-known German works honoring beauty and devotion even amidst brokenness.

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We Who Believe

Friday, November 9 at 8 PM
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
8855 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, November 11 at 4 PM
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, PA

“If we want hope to survive in this world today, then every day we’ve got to sing on.”
–Ysaye Maria Barnwell
Today’s changemakers are volunteering, marching, and hashtagging, but the history of human resistance echoes with song. We Who Believe honors music as a tool for liberation: a way to speak our deepest truths, to offer encouragement, and to sustain hope in the depths of oppression. The concert spans centuries and continents, with music by Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Benjamin Britten, Alberto Favero, Ted Hearne, and Philadelphia’s own Melissa Dunphy.

Behind Closed Doors

Friday, March 15 at 8 PM
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
8855 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, March 17 at 4 PM
Saint Mark’s Church
1625 Locust Street in Philadelphia, PA

Due to social or political pressures, there are times when artists are not able to express themselves openly. Unwilling or unable to stop creating, many notable composers and poets decided to continue working Behind Closed Doors. Others created seemingly neutral works that hid their subversion in plain sight. With works by William Byrd, Philip Moore, William Dawson, and Moses Hogan, this program explores compositions and poetry that were once shared only with a select few.

The Silent Forest

Saturday, June 1 at 8 PM
Our Mother of Consolation Catholic Church
9 East Chestnut Hill Avenue in Philadelphia, PA

Sunday, June 2 at 3 PM
Old Saint Joseph’s Church
321 Willings Alley in Philadelphia, PA

Our final program of the season, The Silent Forest, will offer a meditation on what grounds us even amidst strife: beauty and devotion. In the process, we will explore several centuries of German music, ranging from lesser-known renaissance motets to 20th century landmarks. Featured composers include Michael Praetorius, Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf, and Arnold Schoenberg.