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Winter Concert—African American Music: Extensions of the Tradition

Saturday, February 21, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

With Singing City, Jeffrey Brillhart, director

The Germantown Friends School Choir, Steve Kushner, director and

The SC Children's Choir, Steven Fisher, director

Germantown Friends School Meeting House, 31 W. Coulter Street, Philadelphia, PA


Our winter concert will celebrate the vast repertoire of African-American music, spanning several centuries.

Featuring works by Gilbert Martin, Harry T. Burleigh, Rollo Dilworth, Moses Hogan, Damon Dandridge, Roland Carter, Rosephanye Powell, Doreen Rao, and more.


I Dream A World


I dream a world where man

No other man will scorn,

Where love will bless the earth

And peace its paths adorn

I dream a world where all

Will know sweet freedom's way,

Where greed no longer saps the soul

Nor avarice blights our day.

A world I dream where black or white,

Whatever race you be,

Will share the bounties of the earth

And every man is free,

Where wretchedness will hang its head

And joy, like a pearl,

Attends the needs of all mankind-

Of such I dream, my world!


Langston Hughes


















Spring Concert—I’ll Make Me a World

Sunday, April 19, 3 p.m.

The Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

A collaborative concert bringing Singing City together again with Lyric Fest for a musically eclectic, thought-provoking look at our world. Inspired by James Weldon Johns’ poem “The Creation”, this concert will be an exploration of the gifts of the natural world, the art that reflects those gifts, and the bounty and need that live side by side in the 21st century experience. Solo songs interspersed with choral works, including a new work by Lyric Fest’s composer in residence, Kile Smith, scored for audience participation. With Stephen Powell, Elizabeth Weigle and Chrystal Williams, Laura Ward, piano; and percussion ensemble. Reception follows in Centennial Hall.


Brahms Requiem Sing-In

Sunday, June 14, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

Join Singing City in singing one of Brahms’ most beloved works. Bring your own score and lift your voice!



Past Performances

The Germantown Friends School Choir

The SC Children's Choir