International Institute for Culture

Schola Nova Concert on "American Gothic: Philadelphia Composers and the Sacred Choral Tradition"

March 13, 2004    8:00 PM       

Date: March 13, 2004
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: “Sanctuary” of Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial
Concert: American Gothic: Philadelphia Composers and the Sacred Choral Tradition
Price: $15/person
(Note: Enjoy an early dinner in the Area before the concert. See
This programme showcases the sacred choral music by several of Philadelphia’s leading composers. We are fortunate to live in a city rich in cultural institutions, such as the Curtis Institute of Music and the Philadelphia Orchestra, which have nurtured several generations of American composers. Philadelphia, as the seat of William Penn’s Colony of Tolerance and the birthplace of our nation, represents an ideal of religious liberty and provides the perfect setting for the sentiments of these choral works. The first performance will be held in the Sanctuary at the Fleisher Art Memorial in South Philadelphia and the second at the Church of St. John in Merion. Works to be performed will include Samuel Barber’s The Virgin Martyrs, Harold Boatrite’s The Holy Child, Romeo Cascarino’s Prayer for Philadelphia, and the world premiere of Sidney Grolnic’s Kyrie. Please join the Schola Nova and the IIC in exploring new music born in the Cradle of Liberty. 
Site Description: The Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial is a unique collection of historic buildings, including three Philadelphia row-houses, a school building, and a church, inspired by San Zeno’s in Verona, Italy. The church, known as “the Sanctuary,” is a fanciful Romanesque Revival church, designed by the architectural firm of Frank Furness. This inspired setting, administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, maintains an impressive collection of Russian icons and 14th-16th century paintings and sculptures. The church’s furnishings also include magnificent decorative elements such as stained glass windows by John LaFarge, a mural by Robert Henri, ironwork by Samuel Yellin, and an altarpiece by Violet Oakley. The Institution is the nation’s oldest tuition-free art school and serves as a beautiful setting for exhibits and concerts. 
Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial
709-721 Catharine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147:

From I-95 Northbound: 
Exit for Washington Avenue, turn left onto Columbus Boulevard (formerly Delaware Avenue), and take first left onto Washington Avenue. Turn right onto 7th Street and then left onto Catharine Street. Fleisher Art Memorial is on the right, Fleisher parking lot on the left.  
From I-95 Southbound: 
Exit at Columbus Boulevard, and turn right at the light onto Columbus Boulevard. Turn right onto Christian Street, then turn right onto 7th Street. Turn left onto Catharine Street. Fleisher Art Memorial is on the right, Fleisher parking lot on the left.  
From the Schuylkill Expressway: 
Take Vine Street Expressway (676 East) to I-95 South, and follow directions from I-95 southbound, as outlined above.  
From the Ben Franklin Bridge: 
Take I-95 South and follow directions from I-95 southbound, as outlined above.  
From the Walt Whitman Bridge: 
Take I-95 North and follow directions from I-95 northbound, as outlined above.  
Public Transportation: 
SEPTA's Route 47 bus runs south on 8th Street from Center City and and stops at the corner of 8th and Catharine Streets, one-half block from Fleisher. Route 47 returns north on 7th Street, For schedule and connection information, call SEPTA at (215) 580-7800.  
The parking lot located on the south side of Catharine Street, opposite the school buildings, is available to students and visitors and is open during programming hours only. Parking spaces for persons with disabilities are located in the lot as well as in front of the school entrance on Catharine Street.  


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