This month marks the 200th anniversary of the beloved Christmas carol “Silent Night," and we're inviting you to celebrate! Come sing at a community performance of a new arrangement of the song by Philadelphia composer John Conahan, who will conduct the work. WRTI's Gregg Whiteside will be your host.
The music is posted online so that everyone can join in.
Here are the details: On Monday, December 17th from 7 to 8 PM, singers from diverse ensembles all across the Greater Philadelphia Region, and anyone who enjoys singing, will come together for the SILENT NIGHT SING-IN, a performance in the Commonwealth Plaza of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. There will be a brief rehearsal with all participating singers at 7 PM sharp and then a performance for anyone who wants to listen.
The goal is to provide a warm and comfortable space for singers of all backgrounds to connect and be a part of something positive. It’s a celebration of the connectivity of music in our beloved city.
An ensemble under Conahan’s direction will preview the new arrangement LIVE on WRTI on Wednesday, December 12th at 12:10 PM.
This event is free for singers and audience members. Everyone is invited to participate! Singers can sign up, and find the sheet music and voice-part learning files here.
John Conahan is a composer, performer, conductor, and educator based in Philadelphia. His compositions have been premiered at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and other prestigious venues by conductors including Lorin Maazel, Marin Alsop, and Donald Nally. One of Conahan’s works will be featured at this year’s Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony in Washington DC.
WRTI 90.1 is a member-supported, classical music and jazz public media station located in Philadelphia, with 14 frequencies serving listeners in PA, NJ, and DE. The mission of WRTI is to champion music as a vital cultural resource. A broadcast service of Temple University, WRTI is also an NPR member station. Listen on the radio, online at WRTI.org, and on the WRTI mobile App.