Press Release: Chestnut Street Singers, Philadelphia’s Cooperative Chamber Choir, Presents Pay-What-You-Wish Concerts in November
Chestnut Street Singers, Philadelphia’s cooperative chamber choir, is proud to kick off their 2017-18 season of concerts on November 18 and 19, 2017 with The Northern Wild, a program that explores a fascinating modern repertoire inspired by the visceral feeling of standing in one’s native wilderness. Both concerts are pay-what-you-wish.
The Northern Wild will be presented on Saturday, November 18 at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill at 8PM and Sunday, November 19 at the First Unitarian Church at 3PM. The concert will feature songs of earth under foot and sky over head, with music by Sibelius, Tormis, Elgar, and Ešenvalds.
The Chestnut Street Singers was formed in 2010, when a handful of Philadelphia choral singers met during an intense snowstorm and decided that they needed more from the local music scene. Hoping for an ensemble featuring challenging repertoire, cooperative musicianship, and innovative programming, they decided to take matters into their own capable hands and founded Chestnut Street Singers. It is the ensemble’s mission to offer unique concerts that are accessible to all. As such, all concerts are pay-what-you-wish at the door, or a special season subscription is available.
Full concert details are below. All concerts are pay-what-you-wish at the door, or individuals can take part in Chestnut Street Singers’ Subscription Program, which offers additional benefits. For more information, visit chestnutstreetsingers.org.
The Northern Wild
Einojuhani Rautavaara – Lähtö
Veljo Tormis – Tasase Maa Laul
Tõnu Kõrvits – Peegeldused tasaest maat (Reflections from a Plain Land)
Veljo Tormis – Helletused
Jean Sibelius – Rakastava
Edward Elgar – My Love Dwelt In A Northern Land
Ēriks Ešenvalds – Northern Lights
Zoltan Kodály – Mountain Nights (mvt1)
R. Murray Schafer – Sun
Ēriks Ešenvalds – Stars
Besides performing great and sometimes under-appreciated music, our goals are many: we cherish our place in the Philadelphia community and are dedicated to offering concerts that are accessible––both financially and intellectually––to our friends, neighbors, and students; we support the work of young composers and instrumentalists; we celebrate the varied inspirations––sometimes silly, sometimes sexy, sometimes thoughtful, and sometimes all three––of classical music; and we believe that making music together is a stimulating, strenuous endeavor, one worth celebrating and supporting. Find out more at chestnutstreetsingers.org.