Camp Hill Rd & S Bethlehem Pike
Whitemarsh Township, PA 19034
Join us for the first candlelight concert in the new Emily Norris Carey Learning Center Chapel!
Philadelphia composer Samuel Barber composed the Hermit Songs in 1953, based on writings of Irish monks between the 8th and 13th centuries. Spanning subjects from monks and cats to promiscuity and the Virgin Mary, the poems compose a charming, beautiful, and engaging set of songs. James Primosch, another Philadelphia composer who has taught at the University of Pennsylvania since 1988, sets Three Folk Hymns in an imaginative, evocative, modern style. These two sets frame the Swedish Romantic composer Wilhelm Stenhammar’s Five Ballads on Texts of J. L. Runeberg, setting Swedish love poetry in elegant melodic lines reminiscent of folk influences.
Described as, “elegant” and “rich-voiced” by the New York Times, American mezzo-soprano Kristin Gornstein brings her vibrant stage presence and supple voice to a diverse repertoire ranging from Handel to improvisational modern and electronic music. Praised as having “…a brilliant upper register that would be the envy of any soprano, with a chocolatey mezzo richness…” (Voce di Meche), Kristin frequently performs both opera and concert repertoire. Kristin and her husband, fiddler Ryan Drickey, divide their time between Brooklyn, New York, and Lyons, Colorado.
A suggested donation of $20 will be appreciated at the door.