International Institute for Culture

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

 
TIME OF EVENT
March 14, 2004    8:00 PM       

 
EVENT DESCRIPTION
Date: March 14, 2004
 
Time: 8:00 p.m.
 
Location: St. John’s Episcopal, Lower Merion
 
Concert: American Gothic: Philadelphia Composers and the Sacred Choral Tradition
 
Price: $15/person

 
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 Church of St John, Lower Merion was founded in 1863. The Philadelphia architect Milton S. Medary presented plans for the present impressive Gothic complex in 1897 and construction was completed in 1901. While the original construction remains intact, extensive changes have occured since the turn of the century. The lich gate, which was traditionally used for funerals, was completed by the year 1902. The Lady Chapel (to the left as you face the front of the church) was completed in 1926. Flying buttresses forming a part of the exterior of the Lady Chapel can be seen on the outside of the church. The most recent work was the construction of the Centennial Tower for the 100th anniversary of the church in 1963. The church has 22 extraordinary stained glass windows. Two of the windows --"Jesus Healing the Sick" and the "Te Deum" (over the high alter)-- are the work of the Hardman Studio of Birmingham, England. The other windows are the work of the D'Ascenzo Studios in Philadelphia. The windows reflect Nocola D'Ascenzo's love for the bright blues and reds made famous in the Cathedral at Chartres in France.  
 
Directions to the
Episcopal Church of St. John’s located at
404 Levering Mill Road
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 
 
Directions from the Blue Route (Route 476):
 
Take the exit for 76 Est (Schulykill Expressway) towards Philadelphia. Take Exit 33 (Belmont Ave.). At the bottom of the ramp there is a light-turn right. At the third light (Gas Station on left), take a right onto Levering Mill Road. Stay on Levering Mill Road through one traffic light (Route 23/Conshohocken St. Rd.) and through a stop sign (Bryn Mawr Ave.). At the first light past the stop sign, turn left. You will still be on Levering Mill Road, even after turning left. St. John’s Church is app. ¼ mile down the road on the right side. There is a big red sign reading “The Church of St. John”. Parking is behind and on the side of the church.
 
Directions from Route 95:
 
Take the exit for Center City and follow signs to 676 west (Vine St. Extension. Take 76 West out of the city. Take Exit 33 (Belmont Ave.) and follow directions outlined above.
 
Directions from Route 1:
 
-Heading North: Heading North on Rte. #1 (it will become City Ave. as you approach our area), you will be watching for St. Joseph’s University. Immediately after you pass the University there is a light. (Landmarks: St. Joe’s Bookstore is on the left). Take a left onto Old Lancaster Rd. Being sure you are in the right lane, go straight through the second light. The street has now become Levering Mill Road. St. John’s is the second church on the left, approximately 1-1/2 blocks from Montgomery Ave. There is a big red sign reading “The Church of St. John”. Parking is behind and on the side of the church.
 
-Heading South:
 
From City Ave., heading south, go to 54th & City… (Landmarks: St. Joe’s Bookstore is on the right). There is a traffic light at 54th St., turn right, into the suburbs. On the suburban side, 54th St. is called Old Lancaster Road. Go through two traffic lights (be sure you are in the right lane at the second traffic light, which is Montgomery Ave….left lane is for left turns only!). The street has now become Levering Mill Road. St. John’s is the second church on the left, approximately 1-1/2 blocks from Montgomery Ave. There is a big red sign reading “The Church of St. John”. Parking is behind and on the side of the church.  
 
 

 

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