Five Fridays, October 2022: soprano and piano

Chrystal E. Williams, soprano


Andrew Hauze, piano

Friday October 14th, 2022 at 7:30pm

on the labyrinth at
St. Paul’s Church, Chestnut Hill

Since 2011 the Five Fridays series has raised funds to benefit two local organizations that combat hunger and homelessness in NW Philadelphia.  Thanks to support from generous sponsors and concert-goers, all net proceeds from the series will be shared between Face to Face Germantown and Family Promise of Philadelphia (formerly Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network).

A reception to meet the artists will follow the concert.

Tickets online or at the door | $30 General Admission, $5 Student
Purchase tickets online here.


Five Songs of Laurence Hope – H.T. Burleigh (1866-1949)

Quattro Canzone – O. Respighi (1879-1936)

Cinco Canções Nordestinas do Folclore BrasileiroErnani Braga (1888-1948)

Spirituals – Bonds, Liverman, Moore


CHRYSTAL E. WILLIAMS – The 2020-2021 season saw Ms. Williams make multiple house debuts including Minnesota Opera as the Stewardess in Jonathan Dove’s Flight and Seattle Opera and Pittsburgh Opera as Rebecca Parker in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird, a role she created with Opera Philadelphia and has since sung with numerous companies both in the US and UK. She was also slated to premiere the role of Holly in John Glover and Kelley Rourke’s new opera Stay with On Site Opera, debut the role of Miss Jessel in The Turn of the Screw with IlluminArts and perform as a soloist in both Bernstein’s Songfest with the Seattle Symphony (COVID19) and George Crumb’s The River of Life with Orchestra 2001. In the near future, she makes her role debut as Fricka in Das Rheingold with Birmingham Opera Company and is set to make her company and role debut as Carmen with Opera North, join Opera Delaware/Delaware Symphony Orchestra for a New Year’s Eve Gala (COVID19), join the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for the UK premiere of Dett’s The Ordering of Moses, return to the Metropolitan Opera as Maketaten in Akhnaten, make her role and company debut with Bard Summerscape and return to the English National Opera to make her mainstage debut in two shows TBA. Bio continued

Ms.Williams is an Astral Artists Laureate.

ANDREW HAUZE – A conductor, pianist, and organist, Andrew Hauze is Senior Lecturer in Music at Swarthmore College, where he has taught since 2006. He directs the College Orchestra and Wind Ensemble and teaches musicianship, conducting, and orchestration. Recent performances at Swarthmore include as piano soloist in Mozart’s Triple Piano Concerto, K. 242 and Piano Concerto no. 12, K. 414, both with Chamber Orchestra First Editions, and the musical direction of two multimedia programs featuring music of Stravinsky, Copland, and Britten, in collaboration with Orchestra 2001 and the Swarthmore College Departments of Music & Dance, Theater, and Film and Media Studies. Bio continued …


November 4, 2022 at 7:30pm

Rachel O’Brien, harp, with Andrew Kotylo, organ

February 17, 2023 at 7:30pm

Trio Eos, vocal ensemble

March 10, 2023 at 7:30pm

Julietta Curenton, flute; Jordan Dodson, guitar

April 28, 2023 at 7:30pm

Yu Ting Chen, violin; Clancy Newman, cello; Natalie Zhu, piano