Five Fridays 2016-17

FF logo2016-17 Season

Join us to for the sixth season in the Five Fridays benefit concert 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: $25
Students: $5
Season Pass (5 concerts): $100  –  Purchase Season Pass until November 11th

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The Franklin Quartet
Friday October 7, 2016 at 7:30pm

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Selected movements from-
String quartet No. 17 in B-flat major, K. 458, W. A. Mozart
String quartet  no. 4, in D major OP 20 J. Haydn
String quartet no. 4, c minor OP 18, L. v Beethoven
String quartet no. 1, c minor OP 2, L. Boccherini
String quartet no. 2, C major OP 20, J. Haydn

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Dan Elyar, violin and viola
Rebecca Harris, violin
Marika Holmqvist, violin and viola
Rebecca Humphrey, cello

The Franklin Quartet performs music from the dawn of the string quartet on period instruments. Named after Age of Enlightenment polymath Benjamin Franklin, the group brings a spirit of invention and exploration to its presentation of early string quartet repertoire, in particular through its adherence to the historical practice of the upper string players switching parts. Individually, the members of the quartet possess extensive experience as specialists in historically informed performance practice, and are highly sought after as soloists, chamber musicians and orchestral leaders across the United States and abroad. Formed in 2016, the Franklin Quartet is based in Philadelphia, PA and proudly embraces its role as the city’s only period string quartet.

Danbi Um, violin, with Amy Yang, piano
Friday November 11, 2016 at 7:30pm

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Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791) – Sonata in F Major, K. 377
Enescu, Georges (1881-1955)  – Sonata No. 3, Op. 25 “dans le caractere populaire roumain”
Chausson, Ernest (1855-1899) – Poeme, op. 25
Bolcom, William (b. 1938) – Graceful Ghost Rag Concert Variations
Kreisler, Fritz (1975-1962) – Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta


Danbi Um is a winner of Astral Artists’ 2015 National Auditions. A current member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center, she has performed as soloist with the Israel Symphony, Auckland Philharmonic, Vermont Symphony, Herzliya Chamber Orchestra, and Dartmouth Symphony, among others, and has been awarded top prizes from the Yehudi Menuhin and the Michael Hill international violin competitions. She has performed with the Jupiter Chamber Players and appeared with the Seattle Chamber Music Society, and tours frequently with “Musicians from Marlboro.” She has also participated at Music@Menlo and the Ravinia and the Caramoor festivals. At age ten, she was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music. She also holds an Artist Diploma from Indiana University.

Amy Yang (piano) recently participated in the Mitsuko Uchida Workshop at Carnegie Hall and soloed with the Penn Symphony Orchestra and National Youth Orchestra of the USA. She also made return appearances in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Phillips Collection, and with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and collaborated with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaya. She has premiered music by Caroline Shaw, collaborated with the Dover, Aizuri, Daedalus, and Jasper string quartets, and appeared at Marlboro Music, Ravinia, Caramoor, and countless other chamber music festivals. She is a chamber music coach at the University of Pennsylvania, a chamber music mentor at the Curtis Institute of Music, and Program Director of the Young Artist Summer Program at Curtis Summerfest.

Viktor Valkov, piano
Friday February 24, 2017 at 7:30pm

This concert is sponsored by Cunningham Piano Company, which has provided the 9′ Yamaha piano on which Mr. Valkov will perform.

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Beethoven- Piano Sonata op.106 Hammerklavier
Chopin- Polonaise Fantasy op.61
Mazurka op.33/4
Liszt- Valse Impromptu
Hungarian Rhapsody n.9 Pesther Karneval


Winner of the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition, and more recently a winner of Astral Artists‘ 2015 National Auditions, Viktor Valkov has been soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, New Symphony Orchestra, and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. He has made several recordings for the Bulgarian National Radio archive, and for Bulgarian National Television and Macedonian Radio and Television. With Bulgarian cellist Lachezar Kostov, he performed in Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, won the Liszt-Garisson International Competition, and recorded Nikolay Roslavets’ entire opus for cello and piano, released by Naxos. Viktor Valkov studied at the State Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria, the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany, and The Juilliard School. He currently pursues a doctoral degree at Rice University.

An Astral Trio
Friday March 31, 2017 at 7:30pm

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Franz Schubert (1797 ~ 1828): Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major, D.898
Felix Mendelssohn (1809 ~ 1847): Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49


First Prize winner of both the 2013 Schadt National String and 2013 Sphinx competitions, Christine Lamprea (cello) joined the Sphinx Soloists Program, and as such is presented as soloist with orchestras worldwide. She also toured with the Sphinx Virtuosi across the U.S., in such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. She was a winner of Astral Artists’ 2013 National Auditions. She has received additional awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and the Young Texas Artists’ Competition, and appeared as soloist with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and the Houston, New Jersey, and Bay-Atlantic symphonies. A Gluck Community Service Fellow at The Juilliard School and the recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, she holds a Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory.

Eunice Kim (violin) was a winner of Astral Artists‘ 2012 National Auditions, and made her solo debut with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Louisville Symphony, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra. Recently, she appeared at the Library of Congress, with “Curtis On Tour,” and at the Kennedy Center. She has participated in the Music from Angel Fire and Marlboro Music festivals, and is the recipient of awards from the California International Violin, the Pacific Music Society, and the Korea Times String competitions. She recently taught at Chile’s Teatro Del Lago Festival and Norway’s Valdres Music Academy. She holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music, where she was concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and was awarded the Milka Violin Artist Prize.

Sejoon Park (piano) received top prizes from the New Orleans International, PianoArts, and Southeastern Piano competitions, and is the recipient of the King Award for Young Artists.  A winner in Astral Artists‘ 2014 National Auditions, he was also a semi-finalist in the 2015 Honens International Piano Competition.  He recently performed Rachmaninoff’s Concerto Nos. 2 & 3 with both the Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra and the Seongnam Philharmonic Orchestra, and has appeared in the Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. He has been soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Salina Symphony, Eurasian Philharmonic, South Carolina Philharmonic, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. A PianoArts Fellow and Volunteer Artist for Sing for Hope, he holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s degree from The Juilliard School. He is currently an Artist Diploma candidate at the Peabody Institute.

Molly Quinn, soprano, with David Walker, lute and theorbo
Friday May 5, 2017 at 7:30pm

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Music in French, Spanish and Italian from the early 17th century.

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Praised by The New York Times for her “radiant sweetness” Molly Quinn has appeared as a soloist with many classical and early music ensembles including Apollo’s Fire, The Portland Baroque Orchestra, The Knights NYC, The Bang on a Can All-Stars, The Clarion Music Society, The Carmel Bach Festival, Catacoustic Consort, The Staunton Music Festival, and Trinity Baroque Orchestra.  Ms Quinn is a frequent performer with New York’s early music ensemble TENET, and is featured throughout their discography. Molly has been a frequent collaborator with Music at Trinity Wall Street. She is a featured soloist on their 2013 GRAMMY®-nominated recording of Handel’s Israel in Egypt (Musica Omnia, 2012). Ms Quinn has also garnered acclaim for her work crossing genres in classical, folk, and contemporary music. Molly was dubbed “pure radiance” by the Los Angeles Times for her work with The Bang on a Can All-Stars in Steel Hammer. Look for her this season with TENET at Carnegie Hall, on tour with Early Music Vancouver and as she makes her Kennedy Center debut with The Folger Consort in Dido and Aeneas.

Lutenist and guitarist David Walker has performed extensively throughout the United States earning praise for his “surety of technique and expressive elegance,” (Columbus Dispatch) as well as his “tremendous dexterity and careful control” (Bloomington Herald Times). David has appeared with such ensembles as Boston Baroque, the Catacoustic Consort, Chatham Baroque, Clarion Music Society, and the Smithsonian Chamber Players, and is a member of the chamber ensemble Ostraka. He has performed in numerous baroque opera productions, including engagements with Glimmerglass Opera and the Wolf Trap Opera Company. Festival highlights include the Savannah Music Festival, Indianapolis Early Music Festival, and solo recitals for the Bloomington Early Music Festival and the University of Louisville Guitar Festival. Recording credits include Ostraka’s critically acclaimed debut, Division, and Grammy-nominated recordings for Linn Records and Sono Luminus.

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.

Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church 
Saint Paul’s Adult Choir
Our Mother of Consolation Church
Our Mother of Consolation Parish School
Loretta Witt, Realtor
Zach and Stephen Fritsch-Hemenway
Chestnut Hill Music Academy
Stephen and Cynthia Clowery
Fiore Studio of Classical Singing
Jeanette Cord
Wm. Stewart Graham