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

Click on each concert for details and a link to purchase individual tickets.

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

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Rebecca Harris, Marika Holmqvist, Violins
Daniel Elyar, Viola
Rebecca Humphrey Diederich, 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 Franklin Quartet brings a spirit of invention and exploration to its presentation of early string quartet repertoire. Individually, the members of the Franklin 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
Friday November 11, 2016 at 7:30pm

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A current member of Chamber Music Society Two of Lincoln Center, Danbi Um 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.

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

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Winner of the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition, 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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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 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) 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 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
Friday May 5, 2017 at 7:30pm

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Molly Quinn has captivated audiences with her “radiant” soprano, possessing an “arresting sweetness and simplicity” (NY Times) in diverse repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to the Rolling Stones. Ms. Quinn opened her 2013/14 season as one of four Virginia Best Adams Fellows at the Carmel Bach Festival, highlighting her penchant for 17th and 18th century music in performances of Bach, Buxtehude, Handel and Purcell. She continued with performances as the soprano soloist in the world premiere completion of Mozart’s Requiem by composer Gregory Spears with Miami’s GRAMMY® nominated Seraphic Fire, Handel’s Messiah at Alice Tully Hall with Trinity Choir and Baroque Orchestra and In Dulci Jubilo, a collaboration between TENET, Bach Collegium San Diego and Dark Horse Consort in the music of Michael Praetorius in both New York and San Diego. As a member of New York’s TENET, Ms. Quinn has been a long-time collaborator of artistic director Jolle Greenleaf. She has been featured in several projects, including the Green Mountain Project, the TENEbrae series and their duo program Uno + One: Italia Nostra, recorded and released this fall by Avie Records to critical acclaim and dubbed as an “Album of the Week” by WQXR. TENET pro as well as touring the program to Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and forthcoming appearances in Denmark this summer. Since 2006, Molly has been a member of the renowned Trinity Wall Street Choir, performing regularly at services, the Bach at One series, concert programs, recordings, and tours. She is a featured soloist on their 2013 GRAMMY® nominated recording of Handel’s Israel in Egypt with conductor Julian Wachner on the Musica Omnia label, has appeared with them in London, Moscow, Paris, and Sonoma, and joined soprano colleagues in singing back up for rock legends The Rolling Stones at The Barclays Center. In recent seasons, Ms. Quinn has appeared regularly with notable early music ensembles and festivals including Clarion Music Society, The New York Early Music Festival, Antioch Chamber Ensemble, Connecticut Early Music Festival, Ecstatic Music Festival, Mostly Mozart Festival, Quicksilver, and Seraphic Fire. As a proud native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Molly is drawn to the root music of Appalachia and Ireland and has performed in the cross-over programs Come to the River with Apollo’s Fire and The Music of Dublin with The Folger Consort. Upcoming performances include Arvo Pärt’s Passio with TENET at Carnegie Hall as part of the collected stories series curated by composer David Lang, Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine 1610 with Cambridge Concentus and conductor Joshua Rifkin, as well as on tour in the U.S. with Apollo’s Fire and conductor Jeannette Sorrell, and a return home to Chapel Hill, NC for both Mozart’s Regina Coeli at the University of North Carolina in the newly restored Memorial Hall and a program of French cantatas for the newly launched HIP [Historically Informed Performance] Festival. Ms. Quinn holds both the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Vocal Performance from University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and currently resides in New York City.

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.

Glenmede Investment & Wealth Management
Beyer Studio, Inc.
Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
Romig Catering
James and Arabella Pope
Barbie and John Kimberly
Thomas Callis 
Valley Green Bank
John P. Grigger, D.D.S.