Sing, Muse! Music of Inspiration and Invention on November 4

Join us on Sunday, November 4 at 2 PM for the first concert of our 2012–2013 season as we plumb the limits of human genius and divine inspiration.

Music has an unparalleled ability to transport us out of ourselves and beyond our daily cares, but it’s not the only means by which we can see things in a new light. Flashes of brilliance and moments of wonder underpin all human creativity, and such encounters result in great art and extraordinary inventions.

The concert features works by Benjamin Britten (1913–1976), Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992), Eric Whitacre (1970–), and Veljo Tormis (1930–).

The performance will take place on Sunday, November 4 at 2 PM at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. Donations accepted.

Sex, Drugs, and Madrigals on October 24

We hope to see you at Sex, Drugs, and Madrigals, the first concert of our 2010–2011 season.


Popular music in the Renaissance was suggestive or flippant long before rock and roll was invented: secular, singable tunes in the madrigal form celebrated everything from love to lust to lunch. In this spectacle of madrigals, Chestnut Street Singers will venture through the genre’s five centuries of adaptation, performing madrigals set to traditional love poetry alongside those dedicated to drinking, money, and the silliest double entendres ever sung in a church.


The program features works by Clement Janéquin (1485–1558), Henry Purcell (1659–1695), Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924), and Morten Lauridsen (1943–).


The concert will be held on Sunday, October 24 at 1 PM at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut Street.


Free love, free admission.