On Sunday, the musical tidings which accompany the holiday season will take the form of classical songs sung by the Pennsylvania Girlchoir at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, where the group holds practices throughout the year.
During the 90-minute concerts, which start at 3:30 and 6 p.m., the choir will perform songs like Josef Rheinberger’s “Ave vivens hostia” and George Frideric Handel’s “Let’s imitate her notes (from Alexander’s Feast)” and “No, di voi non vo’fidarmi.”
Advance tickets range in price from $15 to $50, with $5 added if purchased at the door.
About the choir
The Pennsylvania Girlchoir is made up of five choirs with members ranging from ages seven to 18.
The show will be orchestrated by Girlchoir music director Vincent Metallo.
“It’s rewarding watching the youngest girls strive to be like the oldest girls, and how the mature sound empowers the younger girls,” said Metallo.
In addition to Sunday’s concerts, fans can enjoy a dual performance of the Girlchoir and the Keystone State Boychoir for their annual “Holiday Concert on the Square” on Sunday, Dec. 15.
After practicing for the last several months at their Germantown headquarters, located at 35 West Chelten Ave., the Boychoir will unite in song with their sister choir for a repertoire of songs including “O Holy Night,” “Lux arumque” and “Baby it’s Cold Outside.”
Both choirs are a part of Commonwealth Youthchoirs, a nonprofit organization located in Northwest Philadelphia which provides choral music education and performance opportunities for young people.
That event will be held at Church of the Holy Trinity, located at Rittenhouse Square, beginning at 5 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 when purchased ahead of time and $15 the day of the show.
“It’s a combination of being fun, challenging, motivating,” said Metallo, “whether it be vocal or musically very challenging.”
Visit www.pagirlchoir.org to purchase tickets for either event.