Five Fridays

2015-16 Season201504_FFviolin

Join us to celebrate the fifth successful season in the Five Fridays series.  Concerts are held by candlelight in the beautiful sanctuary of Saint Paul’s, typically in the intimate setting of the labyrinth at the west end of the church. Each concert is followed by a reception to greet the artists.  Contributions from our generous sponsors help to defray costs, and together with ticket revenue, allow Saint Paul’s to pass on all net proceeds to Saint Paul’s outreach partners, Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network and Face to Face Germantown.   This is a unique opportunity to hear world-class music while supporting good work in our local community.

General Admission: $30 (General Season Pass: $120)
Senior and Student Admission: $20 (Senior Season Pass: $80)
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Gabriel Cabezas (cello) and Charles Abramovic (piano)
Friday October 2, 2015 at 7:30pm

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Cello Sonata, op. 143    Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)
Cello Sonata in G minor, op. 65    Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)

Cabezas 200px 201508Hailed as “an intense player who connects to the music naturally, without artifice, and [who] brings a singing line to the cello” (The Oregonian), cellist Gabriel Cabezas is a winner of Astral’s 2014 National Auditions. He has been featured as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, New World Symphony, Nashville Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, among others. Upcoming, he premieres a concerto by Gabriella Smith with the New York Youth Symphony. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Cabezas tours with “Musicians from Marlboro” and has collaborated with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Mitsuko Uchida. He is also a member of the New York sextet ‘yMusic,’ hailed by NPR’s Fred Child as “one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music.” Their virtuosic execution and unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) has attracted the attention of high profile collaborators—from Dirty Projectors to Ben Folds—and has inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by some of today’s foremost composers. Gabriel Cabezas studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Carter Brey. A committed advocate for community engagement and education programs across the country, he is involved with Midori’s Partners in Performance, the Sphinx Organization, and Chicago’s Citizen Musician movement. He was twice the First Place Laureate at the Sphinx Competition—in the Junior Division (2006) and in the Senior Division (2012).
Abramovic_201508Charles Abramovic has won critical acclaim for his international performances as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborator with leading instrumentalists and singers. He has performed a vast repertoire not only on the piano, but also the harpsichord and fortepiano. Mr. Abramovic made his solo orchestral debut at the age of fourteen with the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has also appeared as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony, Colorado Philharmonic, Florida Philharmonic, and the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, and has given solo recitals throughout the U.S., France, and Yugoslavia. He has also appeared at major international festivals in Berlin, Salzburg, Bermuda, Dubrovnik, Aspen, and Vancouver. Mr. Abramovic has performed often with such artists as Midori, Sarah Chang, Robert McDuffie, Viktoria Mullova, Kim Kashkashian, Mimi Stillman, and Jeffrey Khaner. His recording of the solo piano works of Delius for DTR recordings has been widely praised. He has also recorded for EMI Classics with violinist Sarah Chang, and for Avie Recordings with Philadelphia Orchestra principal flutist Jeffrey Khaner. Actively involved with contemporary music, he has recorded works of Milton Babbitt, Joseph Schwantner, Gunther Schuller, and others, for the Albany Records, CRI, Bridge, and Naxos labels. Mr. Abramovic is a Professor of Keyboard Studies at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music, where he has taught since 1988. He is a core member of the Dolce Suono Ensemble, and performs often with Philadelphia’s Network for New Music and Orchestra 2001. In 1997, he received the Career Development Grant from the Philadelphia Musical Fund Society, and in 2003, received the Creative Achievement Award from Temple University. He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Peabody Conservatory, and he earned a doctorate from Temple University.

Fifth Season Anniversary Concert
The Prometheus Chamber Orchestra and Rebecca Myers Hoke (soprano)
Friday November 13, 2015 at 7:30pm

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201508 rebecca-hokeRecently described in the San Francisco Chronicle as singing with “an appealing blend of vulnerability and grace” Rebecca Myers Hoke is a solo and ensemble singer who performs in and around the Philadelphia area. Rebecca has appeared as a chorister and soloist with The Santa Fe Desert Chorale, American Bach Soloists Academy, Choral Arts Philadelphia, The Bach Collegium Philadelphia, The Laughing Bird, Piffaro, Opera Philadelphia, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, and Les Canards Chantants. She is also a member of The Crossing, an award-winning vocal ensemble fully dedicated to the performance of new music under the direction of Donald Nally.  Recent performances for Rebecca include the title role in Marais’ Sémélé with the American Bach Soloists Academy in San Francisco.  This performance was the first complete performance outside of Europe of the opera and received much praise from the Baroque music community in San Francisco.  Rebecca was praised for being “a light, lyric soprano with near perfect diction in French” and was described as being “commanding in her delivery, and yet appropriately subdued and compliant”.  She will appear as one of three soloists for performances in Philadelphia and New York and a recording of Thomas Lloyd’s Bonhoeffer with The Crossing.  Rebecca holds an undergraduate degree from Westminster Choir College in music education and a masters degree from Temple University in vocal performance. Before pursuing a performance career Rebecca taught vocal and general music in the Cleveland area for five years. She has maintained a private voice studio for ten years and currently teaches voice at Cheltenham High School and in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia.

2011508 prometheus orchestraThe Prometheus Chamber Orchestra is Philadelphia’s newest string ensemble.  Self-conducted and self-managed, the group makes its home at the Church of the Advocate in north central Philadelphia.

Henry Kramer, piano
Friday February 5, 2016 at 7:30pm

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201508-Kramer-HenryOriginally from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, pianist Henry Kramer is a budding presence on the concert stage both nationally and internationally.  His performances have been lauded as “triumphant” and “thrilling” (The New York Times) and “technically effortless” (La Presse, Montreal). A winner of Astral Artists’ 2014 National Auditions, Mr. Kramer was also a top prizewinner in the 2010 National Chopin Competition, the 2011 Montreal International Music Competition, and the 2012 China Shanghai International Piano Competition, and was the recipient of the Harvard Musical Association’s 2014 Arthur Foote Award. As the winner of the 2015 William Petschek Award from The Juilliard School, he makes his New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall in May 2015. Mr. Kramer has appeared as a soloist with the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, Turkey, in Liszt’s Concerto No. 1, the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, the Orchestre Métropolitain du Montréal in Ravel’s Concerto in G Major, and the Yale Philharmonia in Prokofiev’sConcerto No. 2. In the spring of 2012, he made his European debut in solo recital at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. An engaging chamber musician, Mr. Kramer has been featured in performances at Lincoln Center, and he has participated in the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival and in La Jolla Music Society’s Summerfest. Recently, he appeared on Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute tour, which included performances at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and New York’s Morgan Library, as well as an unprecedented appearance in Havana, Cuba, as a cultural ambassador. Mr. Kramer holds both a Master’s and a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, where he received the Charles S. Miller Prize for the most outstanding first-year pianist. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the Yale School of Music.

The Dover String Quartet
Friday March 4, 2016 at 7:30pm

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201508 dover quartetThe Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The New Yorker recently dubbed them “the young American string quartet of the moment,” and The Strad raved that the Quartet is “already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement and taut ensemble.” In 2013-14, the Quartet became the first ever Quartet-in-Residence for the venerated Curtis Institute of Music.
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Project Fusion: Saxophone Quartet
Friday April 22, 2016 at 7:30pm

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201508 project fusionA chamber ensemble for the 21st century, Project Fusion strives to entertain and inspire audiences as well as promote camaraderie among artists through unique collaborations. Formed in 2010 by graduates of the Eastman School of Music, Project Fusion has been praised for staging engaging and communicative concerts, achieved in part through the distinctive feat of performing musical programs exclusively from memory. The ensemble is also known for its diverse musical programming that includes new music, standard repertoire for the saxophone quartet, as well as arrangements and transcriptions. Project Fusion is a winner of Astral’s 2015 National Auditions. The quartet has also captured top prizes in the world’s most prestigious chamber music competitions, including the Gold Medal at the 40th Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, First Prize at the 2013 Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition, and, in 2013, becoming the first saxophone quartet to earn Grand Prize, as well as the Hugo Vianello Audience Choice Award, at the 6th Plowman International Chamber Music Competition. Comprised of dedicated and passionate teachers, Project Fusion has presented convocations, clinics, and workshops in numerous K-12 schools as well as residencies and master classes at colleges and universities throughout the Midwest and East Coast. The ensemble is dedicated to public arts outreach, and has also presented recitals and educational programs in retirement communities, libraries, churches, and civic centers across the U.S.  Project Fusion’s name is derived from the philosophy that music is an infinite, ongoing “project” guided by a sense of adventure and creativity, and that the “fusion” of ideas results in meaningful and enjoyable artistic creations. More about Project Fusion and its members.

Our Sponsors

These concerts would not be possible without the generous support of the businesses, organizations and individuals listed below.  Please contact the Director of Music if you would like to find out more about becoming a business or individual sponsor of Five Fridays.