Chestnut Street Singers Close Their Season With a Program for Cherishing in Center City and the Main Line

The Chestnut Street Singers, Philadelphia’s cooperative chamber choir, close their 2017-18 season this June with a powerful program that explores the human emotions behind loss and remembrance.  FOR CHERISHING will be performed at 7:30PM on Friday, June 1 on the Main Line at Proclamation Presbyterian Church (278 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr) and at 3PM on Sunday, June 3 at First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia).
Part of the human condition is to be rarely satisfied with farewells, if we are even given the chance to say goodbye at all. The Chestnut’s final program of the season features music of loss and remembrance, viewed from ancient and modern perspectives. Featuring music by Ockeghem, Victoria, Parry, Howells, Convery, and Tavener, FOR CHERISHING will provide a unique perspective on grief and the power of reconciliation.
Called ‘mightily impressive’ by Philly Review and praised for their ‘astounding discipline and polish’ by Broad Street Review, The Chestnut Street Singers was formed in 2010, when a handful of Philadelphia choral singers 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.
Full details on the concerts are below, including the program.  For more information, visit
Chestnut Street Singers Present
Friday, June 1, 2018
Proclamation Presbyterian Church (278 South Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr)
Sunday, June 3, 2018
First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia)
All tickets pay-what-you-wish at the door
For Cherishing
Victoria – Versa est in luctum
Ockeghem – Requiem: Introitus
Josquin – Nymphes de bois
Schutz – Selig Sind die Toten
Parry – From Songs of Farewell
My Soul There is a Country (3’)
I Know My Soul Hath Power (2’)
Never Weather-Beaten Sail (4’)
There is an Old Belief (5’)
Tavener – Funeral Ikos
Howells – Take Him, Earth, For Cherishing
Convery – The Beautiful Land of Nod
Trad., Arr. Cumming – Lonesome Valley
ABOUT CHESTNUT STREET SINGERS: Based in Center City, Chestnut Street Singers is a cooperative chamber choir committed to active engagement with musical traditions and their evolution. We seek to illuminate commonalities linking the early Renaissance to contemporary practices, integrating canonical repertoire with lesser-known works and augmenting our musicality with creative and irreverent programming. We are dedicated to presenting polished, engaging performances while still being able to sip wine with our audience.
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

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