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.

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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.

In His Care

In His Care, An Ars Sacra Concert
Saturday, October 26 at 8 PM
Old St. Joseph’s Church, 321 Willings Alley, Philadelphia

Join us this Saturday to hear six centuries of sacred choral music. From Renaissance Tallis to contemporary Betinis, the drama of Rachmaninoff to the Latin rhythms of Duménigo, the program explores mystery, majesty, and comfort.

We’ll be performing in the beautiful sanctuary of Old St. Joseph’s Church at 8:00 PM. Willings Alley is tucked away between Walnut and Locust Streets (running parallel to them), between 3rd and 4th Streets in the heart of Old City.

Donations accepted. A reception will follow the performance.

Sneak preview:

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

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.

2013-2014 Season

Mark your calendars for our 2013-2014 season!

Chestnut Street Singers presents In His CareIn His Care
An Ars Sacra Concert
Saturday, October 26 at 8 PM
Old St. Joseph’s Church
321 Willings Alley, Philadelphia

Chestnut Street Singers presents For KeepsFor Keeps
Songs of Comfort & Grace
Sunday, November 17 at 2 PM
First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

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

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