Sing "Silent Night" with WRTI's Gregg Whiteside at the Kimmel Center on Dec. 16th

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Let’s share something extraordinary together! We’re gathering at the Kimmel Center on Monday, December 16th at 6 PM to sing a beloved carol, side-by-side with our fellow Philadelphians.

We’ll all be strangers when we arrive—from various backgrounds and neighborhoods, from school children to seniors—but we’ll leave united by the Silent Night Sing-In. Register today!

This free, community performance will be an emotionally powerful experience that you don’t want to miss, showing beyond a doubt that music connects us, inspires us, and elevates us—regardless of our differences.

WRTI’s Gregg Whiteside, our famed classical morning host, will emcee the Silent Night Sing-In and cheer us on with his heartfelt words and uplifting presence. Philadelphia composer and conductor John Conahan will lead all singers in his stunning arrangements of “Silent Night” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” Sign Up Here!

Last year, to mark the 200th anniversary of “Silent Night," more than 1,200 singers gathered at the Kimmel Center for the first annual Silent Night Sing-In.  It was such a success, that we're doing it again!

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 just 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 beginning at 6:15 PM sharp and then a performance for anyone who wants to listen at 7 PM.

Singers can sign up, and find the sheet music and voice-part learning files here.

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 today. It's free!

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.

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

Tune in to WRTI 90.1 to hear a preview of the 2019 Silent Night Sing-In with Wisshaickon High School's Camerata select choir on Wednesday, December 11th at 12:10 PM, LIVE from the WRTI Performance Studio!

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 WRTI.org, on the WRTI mobile App, and on your favorite smart speaker.

The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus
Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, our mission is to engage the region’s diverse communities with art through performance and education. Our Cultural Campus serves more than 1 million guests per year and 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.

We are home to eight esteemed Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and Curtis Institute of Music.

With nearly 9,000 seats per night, we are the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. Our Cultural Campus serves as a preeminent and inclusive place to enjoy exceptional experiences that reflect the spirit of our region by cultivating a creative and socially-responsible environment where our community shares experiences that are delivered with pride, integrity, and respect.

As a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization, we collaborate on, present, and produce a broad range of relevant and meaningful events, we serve as an active gathering space for social and community events, we educate the region’s young people through access to quality arts experiences, and we provide support to artists in the creation of new work. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is our proud sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2019-2020 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit www.kimmelcenter.org.