Sing "Silent Night" with WRTI 90.1 and Composer John Conahan at the Kimmel Center on Dec. 16th

Nov 13, 2019

In 2018, to mark the 200th anniversary of the beloved Christmas carol “Silent Night," more than 1,200 singers gathered at the Kimmel Center to sing in a free, community performance of a new arrangement of the song by Philadelphia composer John Conahan. It was such a success, that we're doing it again! But with a twist... this year we're adding a second carol, "O Come All Ye Faithful." WRTI's Gregg Whiteside will once again emcee the event!

Silent Night Sing-In 2018
Credit Lisa Schaffer Photography

Here are the details: On Monday, December 16th, 2019 from 6 to 7:30 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 6:15 PM sharp and then a performance for anyone who wants to listen at 7 PM.

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. ARE YOU IN? Register here!

John Conahan and Gregg Whiteside at the 2018 Silent Night Sing-In.
Credit Lisa Schaffer Photography

Produced by WRTI 90.1 with Artistic Director John Conahan and the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus, 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.


Watch this video from last year's Silent Night Sing-In:

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 was featured at the 2018 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 with core values of discovery, curation, performance, community, and preservation. Listen on the radio, online at, on the WRTI mobile App, and on your favorite smart speaker.

The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus
Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the mission of The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus is to engage the region’s diverse communities with art through performance and education. Serving more than 1 million guests per year, the Cultural Campus includes the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and the Merriam Theater—representing more than 160 years of rich history for the performing arts along Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts.