Music at Abington Calendar of Events

Up next: Vocal Gems, Friday, May 20, 8pm

Brian Ming Chu, baritone, Ruth Ideen, soprano
Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir, John Sall, director

An eclectic program of music for voices and orchestra highlights the incredible variety of genre composers utitlize when pairing the intimacy and immediacy of the human voice and text with musical expression. Works spanning these breadths represent equally diverse composers including Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, Wagner, Korngold, Stephen Paulus, and a reprise of the recent commission by local composer Timothy Shaw.


2015-2016 Calendar of Events

Sunday, September 27, 3:00 p.m. at Elkins Park Train Station

Abington Festival Strings: Almost Mostly Mozart

Almost Mostly Mozart: a Sunday Serenade in Tribute to Arthur Alexander is a special concert to raise funds for the Friends of the Elkins Park Train Station (site of a traveling concert) and for Music at Abington. Presented in memory of Art Alexander, long-time Abington Orchestra member and organizer of this program of works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Svendsen. Find an article on Art and this concert here.

Thursday, October 1, 7:30 P.M.

Sølvguttene (Boys of Silver) and Keystone State Boychoir

The Boys of Silver from Oslo, Norway, celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the men and boys’ choir with a tour concert featuring sacred classical repertoire and their famously beautiful “silver” sound. Highlighting the community-building nature of music they will be joined by our local Keystone State Boychoir who are jointly sponsoring their visit as well.

Sunday, October 18, 4:00 P.M.

Duo Harpyn: a Flute and Harp recital

Flutist Lois Herbine and harpist Sophie Bruno teamed up for the first time together thirty years ago for a performance of the Mozart flute and harp concerto with the Abington Symphony Orchestra. Playing together ever since, they are now Duo Harpyn, and they present a program with works by Debussy, Ravel, Persichetti, and the East Coast premiere of Michael Gandolfi’s award-winning work for piccolo and harp.

Friday, November 6, 7:00 P.M. Pre-concert conversation
8:00 P.M. Concert

Picturesque Pieces: Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir
with Lloyd Shorter, English horn, and Daniel Nissenbaum, trumpet

Featuring works that capture the listener’s imagination by painting scenes in sound, this program by the Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir highlights colorful orchestral writing in very different styles by Copland, Mendelssohn, Walker, and Brahms under the direction of John Sall.

Gwyneth Walker: “Open the Door” Overture
Felix Mendelssohn: “Hear My Prayer”
Aaron Copland: Quiet City
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2

Sunday, December 13, 4:30 P.M. & 7:00 P.M.

Christmas By Candlelight

This beloved annual tradition returns with children, youth and adult choirs, orchestra, bells, organ, and the community singing Christmas favorites highlighted by a candlelight procession!

Sunday, January 17, 4:00 P.M.

Riverside Chamber Players

Members of the Riverside Chamber Players with the Amabile String Quartet at their core present a creative program including Schubert’s “Die Forelle” and the “Trout Quintet” as well as Dvorak’s “American Quartet.”

February, Tuesdays at 12:00 noon

Organ Recitals co-sponsored by Philadelphia Chapter of
American Guild of Organists

Take a musical lunch break each Tuesday during February as area organists offer noon recitals each Tuesday.

Feb 2 Andy Heller of St. Paul’s Lutheran, Ardmore
Feb 9 Jeff Fowler, recently retired from Wayne Presbyterian
Feb 16 Ethel Geist of Abington Presbyterian
Feb 23 John and Ruth Sall from Abington in a voice and organ program

Sunday, March 13, 4:00 P.M.

Annual Memorial Concert: Music of Paradise
Timothy Schwarz, violin
Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir

Celebrated local violinist Timothy Schwarz joins John Sall and the Abington Symphony Orchestra in the mystic beauty of the Sibelius Violin Concerto before the Oratorio Choir joins for the otherworldly serenity and hope of John Rutter’s Requiem.

Sunday, April 17, 4:00 P.M.

Delaware Steel – A Family Concert

Delaware Steel is the premier steel drum band at the University of Delaware. Dedicated to playing as many styles as possible, their concerts feature Mozart, Puccini, Marley, Jobim, etc. Delaware Steel has toured internationally performing in Israel, Sweden, Germany, and Vienna.

Sunday, April 24, 10:00 A.M.

Celebrate Children Singing

The Children’s Choirs of APC under the direction of Ruth Ideen-Sall add their music, faith, and beauty to a joyful worship service featuring multiple anthems, young readers, and instrumental offerings in the service.

Friday, May 20, 8:00 P.M.

Vocal Gems with Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir

The human voice can draw our attention and emotional response like nothing else. Featuring soloists from our region’s outstanding programs in operatic, solo, and choral works, the concert will include a reprise of the recently commissioned “A Festive Song of Praise” by Timothy Shaw.

Tuesday, June 28, 7:30 P.M.

Silent Movie/Organ Program, Erik Meyer, organ

Popcorn, lemonade, and laughter marked our recent theater organ program, and we can’t wait to do it again! Bring friends and family to enjoy this program of humorous short films from the silent era. Just as was the routine prior to sound in films the entire “accompaniment soundtrack” will be provided LIVE from the organ as the film plays in real time by area organist Erik Meyer.


Music at Abington Background

Music at Abington was founded in 1972 by G. Stanley Powell, Minister of Music Emeritus.  As a concert series, Music at Abington brings outstanding professional musical programming to the Abington community for free.  The series has grown to include annual features of solo and chamber music, choral and instrumental programs, children's concerts and other unique programs all supported through free-will donations and patrons of the concert series.  Music at Abington builds community relationships by offering childcare and public receptions at its programs, and it celebrates and features the community-based ensembles of Abington Presbyterian Church: the Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir in orchestral programs and combined choral works.  The purpose of Music at Abington is to bring quality musical opportunities to the APC and Abington communities and through collaboration and musical excellence to "glorify God and refresh the soul" (-J. S. Bach).


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