DIOPA Connections: One-Time Events: Music


Cordus Mundi, Bucks County’s male a cappella choir, will present a “Cordus
Pops” Concert
at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 17 at Church of
the Holy Spirit, Harleysville
. Featured will be songs by popular performers as
Lennon & McCarthy, Harrison, Sting, Joel and Williams, as well as Broadway tunes.
A freewill offering will be taken. A dessert reception follows. For more info, call
215-234-8020 or visit www.churchoftheholyspirit.us. 


Five Fridays Benefit Concert at Saint Paul’s, Chestnut
. Join us at 7:30 p.m. on Friday November 17th for the second Five Fridays
concert of the 2017-18 season. The Rolston Quartet will perform a program of
music by Mozart, Debussy, and Tchaikovsky. All net proceeds from the
Five Fridays series benefit Saint Paul’s outreach partners, Face to Face Germantown
and Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network. Concerts take place by candlelight
on the labyrinth in Saint Paul’s lovely sanctuary. A reception to greet the artists
follows the concert. Buy your Season Pass ($100) or tickets for this concert ($25/$5)
online or at the door. Join and share on Facebook. 

The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir Concerts


Chestnut Hill Circle of Trees at the Woodmere Art Museum on Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. All free. Family and friends come together to celebrate the annual tree lighting and the beginning of Chestnut Hill’s holiday season. Enjoy live music, hot chocolate, cookies, and a special surprise guest. Families are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to a charity for underprivileged children. Sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Business and Community Association. Featuring Music by the Norwood-Fontbonne Academy Note-ables and The Award Winning St. Thomas Gospel Choir directed by Waltier Blocker.

Christmas Spectacular featuring The Philly POPS Orchestra, Michael Krajewski, Conductor, Justin Hopkins, Vocalist / Peter Conte, Organist, The Philadelphia Boys Choir / The POPS Festival Chorus with The African Episcopal Church of St Thomas Gospel Choir directed by Waltier Blocker. Schedule: Friday, December 1st at 8 p.m., Saturday, December 2nd at 3 p.m., Sunday, December 3rd at 3 p.m., Wednesday, December 6th at 8 p.m., Friday, December 8th at 8 p.m., Saturday, December 9th at 3 p.m., Wednesday, December 13th at 8 p.m., Friday, December 15th at 3 p.m., Saturday, December 16th at 3 p.m., Sunday, December 17th at 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 19th at 8 p.m. The Kimmel Center of the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102. Tickets may be purchased through: http://www.phillypops.org or by phone at 215-893-1999.


Trinity Buckingham Church hosts the Philadelphia Bronze Handbell
on Saturday, November 18 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15
for students and seniors. Children under 12 years old may attend free of charge. The ensemble’s
repertoire includes a variety of genres performed on up to seven octaves of Malmark bells and
seven octaves of Malmark chimes, and at the same time remains true to the original vision of
Philadelphia Bronze — elegant energy. The reception following this performance will include the
Handweavers of Bucks County 2017 Show and Sale. Tickets may be purchased at the door or
through the Trinity Buckingham website at www.trinitybuckingham.org. The church is located at
2631 Durham Road in Buckingham, PA, at the intersection of Routes 202 and 413. There is ample parking available behind the church. 

Gospel singer Theresa Thomason returns to Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields on Saturday, November 18 at 7 p.m. with several fellow musicians for We and the World are One, a concert to benefit hurricane relief in the Caribbean. All ticket proceeds will go to Episcopal Relief & Development’s hurricane relief fund and the New Light Baptist Church: Hurricane Irma Relief for the Virgin Islands. Musicans include: Theresa Thomason (vocals), Aaron Graves (piano), Leonard “Doc” Gibbs (percussion), Randy Sutin (vibes), Paul Butler (woodwinds), Jim Hamilton (percussion), Lee Smith (bass). Tickets are $20 each. Additional donations towards hurricane relief, on top of the ticket price, may be added. The church is located at 8000 St. Martin’s Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19118. To purchase tickets, visit www.StMartinEC.org/events or call 215-247-7466. 

Cantus Novus ushers in the festive season with their holiday concert The
Spirit Rejoices
, December 1, 2, and 3. The program features
full chamber orchestra accompanying the 40-voice choir, as they perform the
transcendent, beautifully accessible Magnificat by John Rutter. The program
will also include seasonal favorites, with both a cappella pieces and those
accompanied by strings and chamber orchestra. As always there will be some
special arrangements of familiar tunes, punctuated by pleasant surprises and
special moments along the journey. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door,
and $10 for students, available via www.cantusnovus.org. Performances are
Friday, December 1, 8:00 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York
Road, Solebury, PA; Saturday, December 2, 8:00 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal
, 84 E. Oakland Ave., Doylestown, PA, and Sunday, December 3, 4:00
p.m., Morrisville Presbyterian Church, 771 N. Pennsylvania Ave, Morrisville, PA.

A Victorian Christmas, 6th Annual Christmas Benefit
for St. James School, on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at St. Paul’s
Episcopal Church
(22 E. Chestnut Hill Avenue, Chestnut Hill, PA
19118). Advent Service of Lessons and Carols from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
A Victorian Christmas Celebration from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. For
more information and to buy tickets: https://stjamesphila.org/christmas-benefit/.

Charlie Zahm “Christmas Concert” at Emmanuel
Resurrection Episcopal Church
on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at
2:00 p.m. Tickets: $10 at the door. The church is located at 8201 Frankford
Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19136. For more info, call: 215-624-8520.


Church Farm School Holds 93rd Christmas Pageant on December 8 and
The dramatic pantomime is based on the classic children’s story, “Why the Chimes Rang.” In
1924, Church Farm School founder and headmaster The Rev. Dr. Charles Wesley Shreiner adapted
the popular play, “Why the Chimes Rang,” into a dramatic pantomime acted by students and
accompanied by organ and choral music, and a CFS tradition was born. “Why the Chimes Rang” has
been performed every year since. Friday, December 8 at 8:00 p.m. (limited seating). Sunday,
December 10 at 3:00 p.m. RSVP: www.gocfs.net/pageant. We hope you will join us for the 93rd
production of the Church Farm School Pageant, which is appropriate for and enjoyed by all ages, and
is always a wonderful start to the Christmas season. 

A Saturday Afternoon of Jazz at the Church of St. Andrew
& St. Monica
. Saxophonist Bootsie Barnes – December 9, 2017. All concerts go
from 2 – 4:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 and $25 at the door. The church is located at 3600
Baring Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. For more info, call 215-222-7606 or visit the
website at www.ssandrewmonica.org. For ticket information, call 267-235-6061 or


Advent Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 10 at
4:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Wayne. Seasonal carols, sung
by the choirs and soloists of St. Mary’s, are paired with selected scripture
readings to offer you a joyful, reflective break from the hustle and bustle of
holiday preparations. The choirs, under the direction of Dr. Gordon Turk, will
share musical selections including, Adam Lay Ybounden, Lo How a Rose, The
Linden Tree Carol
, Ave Maria and other traditional Advent carols. St. Mary’s
is located at 104 Louella Avenue, Wayne, www.stmaryswaynepa.org, 610-688-1313.

The Widener University Chorale will perform at St.
Paul’s Church, Chester
on December 10 at 4 p.m. The repertoire will
include Haydn’s Kleine Orgelmesse and Josquin’s Ave Verum Corpus, as
well as holiday favorites. The event is free and open to the public. There will
also be a reception following the concert. For more information, please
contact St. Paul’s Church at (610) 872-0394.