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St. Philip’s New Hope continues music series



ALEXANDRA PORTER

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, New Hope, continues its series of free concerts featuring area professional musicians.

Soprano Alexandra Porter, soprano Amy Petrongelli and oboist Zach Pulse will perform a program of newly commissioned works titled “Resilience and Unity” in the second concert of the Music at St. Philip’s 2017 season.

The concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, in the historic church at 10 Chapel Road, New Hope.

Porter is a performer and programmer of contemporary music. This season brings collaborations with Stone Mason Projects, the Greenwich House Music School and composer Juliana Hall. She teaches private lessons at Princeton Day School and the College of Saint Elizabeth. She is an alumna of The Pennsylvania State University and Westminster Choir College.

Petrongelli sings music of various periods and styles but is most at home in contemporary literature. Most recently, she premiered the role of Margie in Laura Kaminsky’s opera “Some Light Emerges” with the Houston Grand Opera. She is an alumna of the Tanglewood Music Center, New Music on the Point and the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar.

Pulse performs a wide range of musical styles in spaces ranging from concert halls to redwood groves. He is in his third season as principal oboe of the American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles. He holds masters degrees in Oboe Performance and Chamber Music Performance from the University of Michigan.

Other performers scheduled for this first season include medieval vocalists Mostly Motets (May 14), cello and piano duo Noelle and Sebastian Grand (June 4), vocal ensemble Calliope’s Call (Sept. 10), guitarist Peter Griggs (Sept. 24) and cabaret artist Stearns Matthews (Oct. 1.)

All the concerts are scheduled for Sundays at 3 p.m. Admission is free, and the concerts are open to the public. Donations for the performers and St. Philip’s will be accepted.

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