2017-2018 Concert and Event Season Schedule!


Nov. 18

7:30 PM

Praise, Worship, and Thanksgiving! - Service and Concert

Sponsored by St. Paul's Church

Saturday November 18, 2017 - 7:30pm

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Dec. 23

7:30 PM

6th Annual Bach by Candlelight Concert

Saturday December 23, 2017 - 7:30pm

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Jan. 20

7:30 PM

Mardi Gras Come Early - Spectacular Concert and Dance

With Molly Venter (of Red Molly) and Roosevelt Dime

Saturday January 20, 2018 - 7:30pm

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Feb. 17

7:30 PM

Aspects of Love in Music - Valentine's Concert

Saturday February 17, 2018 - 7:30pm

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Mar. 17

7:30 PM

Abbie Gardner (of Red Molly) Concert

With Philadelphia's singer-songwriter, Brittany Ann

Saturday March 17, 2018 - 7:30pm

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Apr. 13

8:00 PM

Red Molly Concert

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 8:00pm

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May. 5

7:30 PM

Spring Resounds! Concert

Saturday May 5, 2018 - 7:30pm

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PAST CONCERTS & EVENTS - VIDEOS

 

The Old York Road to Freedom Concert

The Old York Road to Freedom concert is one of a series on Black composers and the African-American journey in song. Produced by David Antony Lofton, Music Director at St. Paul's, it features music from many genres: classical, jazz, opera, spiritual, gospel, and popular. In his review, local author Don Scott said of the concert series, "I’ve been rarely so spiritually and intellectually uplifted by such musical and lyrical artistry that greatly energized this program, sponsored by the Friends of St. Paul’s Elkins Park."


 


4th Annual Bach by Candlelight 2016

The St. Paul's Chamber Orchestra
Directed by Michael Locati and Kristin Ditlow

Wonderful performances from our annual holiday Bach concert - always on the Saturday evening before Christmas Eve. Save the date for the next St. Paul's Chamber Orchestra Bach by Candlelight concert - Saturday, December 23, 2017!

 

 

     

Red Molly Concerts

2013 & 2015

Americana powerhouse vocal trio Red Molly is known for their gorgeous harmonies, crisp musicianship, infectious songwriting, and warm, engaging stage presence. These three women weave together the threads of American music — from folk roots to bluegrass, from heartbreaking ballads to barn-burning honky tonk — as effortlessly as they blend their voices into their soaring, crystalline three-part harmonies. We hope to have Red Molly back at St. Paul's soon!


 
 



Michael Fabiano, Tenor

Tenor Michael Fabiano was one of St. Paul's regular soloists for several years. Winner of the Richard Tucker award among many other prizes, he now has a glittering international career. These videos are from a concert he did for us in 2013. David Antony Lofton, Director of Music at St. Paul's, is also Master Vocal Coach at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. As a result, Sunday services as well as concerts at St. Paul's include some of the finest singers in the world.




Concession tickets are always available for seniors on fixed incomes, or anyone with limited income. Please call 215-635-4185 for details.


 
 

PAST CONCERTS & EVENTS

 
 

Oct. 14

7:30 PM

The Great American Songbook Concert

Saturday October 14, 2017 - 7:30pm

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Sept. 23

7:30 PM

Dave Posmontier Jazz Trio Concert

Saturday September 23, 2017 - 7:30pm

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Frank Bey

SATURDAY, JUNE 17         7:30 PM

Juneteenth Celebration Concert

Nominated by the Blues Foundation for 2016 Soul/Blues Male Artist of the Year, Bey is a Philadelphia-based artist with Georgia roots who performs with a tight, jazzy ensemble.

 

Voices in Spring

SATURDAY, MAY 13         7:00 PM

Opera, Art Songs, Show Tunes and Chamber Music

Artists

  • Jennifer Hsiung, soprano
  • Hannah Ludwig, mezzo-soprano
  • Jeffrey Hall, tenor
  • Evan Ocheret, oboe

Accompanied and Produced by David Antony Lofton

A freewill offering will be taken in support of our community concerts


 

 

May 11, 2017, 7:30 pm at St. Paul's Elkins Park

Cheltenham Township Historical Commission (CTHC) vice-chair Dr. Tom Wieckowski will present the story of this notable and accomplished Cheltenham resident. Admission is free.
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Music of Black Composers from Europe and the Americas

SATURDAY, APRIL 1         7:00 PM

Artists

  • Tessika McClendon, soprano
  • Christopher Kenney, baritone

Accompanied and Produced by David Antony Lofton

A freewill offering will be taken in support of our community concerts


 

St. Paul's String Trio Benefit Concert

SATURDAY, MARCH 11th        7:30 PM

The Goldberg Variations is a work written originally for harpsichord by J.S. Bach, consisting of an aria and a set of 30 variations. First published in 1741, the work is considered to be one of the most important examples of variation form. The Variations are named after Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, who may have been the first performer.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit The Friend's of St. Paul's excellent annual music series which consists of everything from jazz and folk to opera and classical.

Artists

  • Michael Locati, violin
  • Natalie Kress, viola
  • Alison Rowe, cello


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A Festive Mardi Gras Cabaret

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25         7:30 PM

Come and enjoy a glittering evening!

Jazz from New Orleans Preservation Hall Onwards!

Feather Masks, Beads, Food and Beverages, All Available!

With music by the fabulous Dixie Kings

A Seven-piece Band led by Dave Posmontier
With Vocalists Jeannie Brooks and Shango-Jamal Lewis


 

Bach by Candlelight

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17

A Full Baroque Orchestra made up of the Lukens Trio & Friends returns with their very popular annual Bach by Candlelight concert. The program includes Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor and some of Bach's most beautiful arias — all made magical in candlelight.

Program

  • Chorale from Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 "Wie soll ich dich empfangen”
  • Aria from Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 "Großer Herr, und starker König”
  • Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 874
  • Aria from St. Matthew Passion BWV 244 "Erbarme dich, mein Gott" for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
  • Concerto in a minor for violin, flute, and harpsichord, BWV 1044
  • Chorale from BWV 164 "Ertödt uns druch dein' Güte”
  • Duet from BWV 164 for soprano, baritone, and orchestra "Händen, die sich nicht verschilissen”
  • Sonata for two melody instruments and continuo, BWV 529
  • Aria from BWV 16 for tenor, viola obbligato, and continuo
  • Concerto for 2 violins, strings, and continuo, BWV 1043

Artists

  • Violin I
    • Michael Locati
    • Melissa Locati
    • Diego Gomez
  • Violin II
    • Natalie Kress
    • Hannah Hernandez
    • Noah Baum
  • Viola
    • Emily Rideout
    • Zebadiah Coombs
  • Harpsichord, Kristin Ditlow
  • Cello, Elena Smith
  • Bass, Jonathan Davies
  • Flute, Christine Moulton

 

Old York Road to Freedom Concert

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19

Music Director David Antony Lofton presents a moving concert inspired by our community’s rich abolitionist history. Hundreds of visitors who attended our December 2015 Old York Road to Freedom celebration concert were treated to a deeply moving concert of freedom and gospel music. From 19th century spirituals to Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come,” the narrative power of song returns!

Vocalists include:

Iris Fairfax, soprano

Jody Kidwell, mezzo-soprano

Tessika McClendon, soprano

Rev. Eric Gambrell, tenor

Shango-Jamal Lewis, baritone

Guest musicians include:

Theodore Thomas Jr., piano

The talented cover band Diverse featuring:

  • Christopher Burton
  • Rob Johnson
  • Howard Burton

 

Frank Bey and the Swing City Blues Band

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8

International blues star and Philadelphia resident Frank Bey and his 7-piece band kick off our concert series with an evening of slow, Delta and country blues. This 3-time nominee for the Blues Foundation’s Soul/Blues Singer of the Year began performing at age four with a gospel quartet. He’s still amazing audiences, here and abroad!