Music at Abington Calendar of Events
2014-2015 43rd Anniversary Season
Up Next: Dvorak Violin Concerto and A Festive Song of Praise
Friday, November 7, 8:00 p.m., Pre-concert conversation at 7:00 p.m.
Timothy Schwarz's energetic and emotional playing illuminates the brilliant Romantic violin concerto of Dvorak with the Abington Symphony Orchestra, and the Oratorio Choir join voices with strings, organ, and percussion in a World Premiere performance of local composer Timothy Shaw's "A Festive Song of Praise" commissioned in honor of the 300th Anniversary of Abington Presbyterian Church. Director John Sall leads a pre-concert conversation about the featured works on the prgoram.
2014-2015 Complete 42nd AnniversarySeason
Sunday, October 19, 4:00 p.m.
The Skylark Ensemble present 300 Years of Sacred Music
The familiar voices and faces of Jerome Brandt’s multifaceted Skylark Ensemble present a retrospective of sacred music paralleling the 300 year history of Abington Presbyterian Church with a sweeping range of solo, ensemble and choral music for voices alone and accompanied by a variety of instrumental forces.
Friday, November 7, 7:00 p.m. Pre-concert conversation
8:00 p.m. Concert
Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir with Timothy Schwarz, violin
“Intense” and “energetic” violinist Timothy Schwarz joins John Sall and the Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir in a program featuring Dvorak’s Violin Concerto and "A Festive Song of Praise," a newly commissioned work for chorus, organ and strings by local composer Timothy Shaw.
Sunday, December 14, 4:30 & 7:00p.m.
Christmas by Candlelight
This favorite annual tradition returns with children, youth and adult choirs, orchestra, bells, organ, and the community singing Christmas favorites accompanied by a candlelight procession!
Saturday, January 24, 3:00 p.m.
[Snow date: Sun. 1/25, 3:00 p.m.]
The Fable of Old Turtle with Keith Bear and Linda Tutas Haugen
Charismatic storyteller, dancer, and Native American flute soloist Keith Bear returns to Abington with John Sall and the Abington Symphony Orchestra in the Raymond B. Rudy Honorary Children’s Concert. The one hour program is designed to nurture conversations about peace from the themes of the book Old Turtle.
Tuesdays in February at 12:00 noon
Co-sponsored by the American Guild of Organists, each Tuesday features an area organist in a 40- minute recital in celebration of the recent restoration of the APC organ.
Feb 3 - Ethel Geist
Feb 10 - Aaron Patteron
Feb 17 - Jeff Fowler
Feb 24 - Lee de Mets
Friday, February 20, 8:00 p.m.
Temple University Jazz
The Senior Ensemble of Temple University’s renowned jazz program under the direction of Terell Stafford, “one of the great players of our time,” brings the vigor and talent of students preparing for jazz performance careers to Music at Abington.
Sunday, March 22, 4:00p.m.
Annual Memorial Concert: Duruflé Requiem
John Sall leads the Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir in an annual memorial tribute concert. The reserved but emotional beauty Duruflé draws from the well of ancient chant in his Requiem has made the piece a favorite for singers and listeners alike.
Sunday, April 19, 4:00p.m.
Allen Krantz, Classical Guitar
Acclaimed composer, solo guitarist, and chamber musician Allen Krantz has performed throughout the United States, including appearances at Carnegie Hall, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and the Phillips Collection in Washing. His diverse programs often feature original compositions, and his personal style and artistry make this concert a must on the spring calendar.
Sunday, April 26, 10:00a.m.
Celebrate Children Singing
Ruth Ideen-Sall leads the Children’s Choirs of APC in a festival service highlighting the musical gifts of the children’s choirs as they lead hymns, anthems, and a musical.
Sunday, May 3, 7:00p.m.
Chapel Choir Tour Homecoming Concert
The talented youth of APC’s Chapel Choir return home from their annual spring tour to share highlights of this year’s musical offerings in a special concert setting.
Friday, May 15, 8:00p.m.
Abington Symphony Orchestra
John Sall leads this program of new and familiar works that explore the power of music to extend the boundaries of meaning between “pure” music and the stories we attach to programmatic pieces as the Abington Symphony Orchestra brings the season to a resounding culmination.
Saturday, May 30, 5-8pm
Strawberry Festival Outdoor Fundraiser Concert
Join friends, neighbors, and familiar faces from the Abington Symphony Orchestra & Oratorio Choir to savor the sounds and flavors of the season in this celebratory gateway into the summer.
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).