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Philadelphia: Classical Music, Chamber Music and Choruses

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Philadelphia Classical Music: Chamber Music Ensembles and Choruses Around Philadelphia

Philadelphia is home to some of the finest choruses and chamber music ensembles in America. Each listing features information on location, ticket prices, transportation/parking, ensemble history and other points of interest.


Choral Arts Society

Choral Arts Society

Founded in 1982, this substantial “chamber choir” of 60 predominantly non-professional singers presents thoughtfully conceived programs that cover familiar liturgical works by J.S. Bach as well as less-frequented works not yet canonized as masterworks. Directed by Matthew Glandorf, the ensemble is notable for the sheer diversity of its repertoire, having performed approximately 200 compositions by more than 100 composers. The Choral Arts Society performs about four programs per concert season.

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Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia

Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia

As of the oldest surviving chorus in the United States, the Mendelssohn Club has played an integral role in the furtherance of classical music’s choral tradition in America since its beginnings in 1874, when it was founded by William Wallace Gilchrist. Historic touchstones include the chorus’s involvement in the U.S. premiere of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in 1916 and the Philadelphia premiere of Brahms’s German Requiem. Under the direction of Alan Harler, …more…

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (PCMS)

If classical music in an intimate setting is your ideal, you won’t find a presenting organization with as many high-quality performances as the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Created by Anthony Checcia in 1986, the Society hosts more than 60 recitals and chamber music concerts per year, featuring Philadelphia-based musicians and internationally renown artists like violinist Midori, pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Emanuel Ax, and the Juilliard Quartet, to name a few. …more…

Philadelphia Singers

Philadelphia Singers

Founded by the late Michael Korn in 1972, The Philadelphia Singers is now under the musical direction of David Hayes. In addition to its performances each season (which have included Philly premieres of works by major composers like Poulenc, Britten, Gershwin, Steve Reich, and John Adams), the Singers are also involved with musical education programs and frequently commissions new work. The ensemble holds the belief that art can advance individuals …more…

Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra

The Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra is an exceptional ensemble of chamber musicians performing challenging classical pieces and new works in Philadelphia, the Northeast and beyond. The Orchestra was founded in 1991 by Music Director, Daniel Spalding, who sought bring the great European tradition of chamber music together with the exceptional talent in Philadelphia and its surrounding environs. Since its founding, the ensemble has performed in numerous venues and has toured …more…

The Crossing Choir

The Crossing

The Crossing is a newly established choir created by the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Chorus Master Donald Nally in 2005. Rarely singing music written before 1995, this chamber group of 23 professional personnel is devoted to performing new additions to the choral repertoire by important contemporary composers such as Kamran Ince, Joby Talbot, Arvo Pärt, Thomas Adès. Winner of the 2009 Chorus America/ASCAP award for Adventuresome Programming, The Crossing recently …more…