Music at Abington Calendar of Events

Welcome to the 46th Season, 2017-2018



The complete 2017-2018 Season:

Sunday, October 22, 4:00pm

North Pennsmen Barbershop Chorus

The North Pennsmen Barbershop Chorus is an award-winning ensemble of 52 men directed by Anne Bureau.  The chorus performs frequently in the community, presents spring and Christmas shows at Pennridge High School in Perkasie, and competes at the Barbershop Harmony Society's division and district contests.  Quartet singers add spice to the mix.

Sunday, October 29, 4:00pm

Trick or Treat Tunes

A repeat bonus event for families including a trunk-or-treat trip through the parking lot with decorated cars following a mini-concert featuring familiar faces from Music at Abington!

Friday, November 3, 8:00pm

Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir: Reformation 500,

The Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir join church and cultural reflections on the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with music highlighting Reformation themes of God’s steadfast grace and presence, including Bach’s Cantata 80 and Mendelssohn’s Symphony 5, both built on Martin Luther’s hymn “A Mighty Fortress” alongside Daniel Kallman's Trinity Canticles which incorporates hymn tunes into musical reflections on the attributes of God.

Sunday, December 17, 4:30 & 7:00pm

Christmas by Candlelight: Peace, Goodwill

Our annual gathering with the community to sing carols with children, youth, and adult choirs, orchestra, bells, and organ with a candlelight procession marks our continued hope and participation in the Christmas story to join the angels’ song of peace and goodwill to all.


Sunday, January 28, 3:00pm

Special Family Event: Simple Gifts Folk Music

Karen Hirshon and Linda Littleton plus ten instruments equal a good time with a wide variety of ethnic folk music including Irish jigs, American reels, Klezmer freilachs, Gypsy melodies, and Balkan dance tunes, all with their own distinctive arrangements.  Simple Gifts has performed at the Smithsonian, Longwood Gardens, Hershey Theater, National Theatre, Philadelphia Folk Festival, and more, featuring music of their own, education and outreach, and six recorded albums.


February, Tuesdays at 12:00 noon

AGO Organ Recitals

Take a musical lunch break each Tuesday during February as area organists offer noon recitals.

Feb   6 Erik Meyer
Feb 13 Karen Whitney
Feb 20 Colin O’Malley
Feb 27 Ethel Geist


Friday, February 23, 8:00pm

Anderson Jazz Trio

“Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone,” (New York Times) brothers Peter and Will Anderson bring jazz back to MAA. Known for their unique renditions of classic jazz songs and innovative original music, the Andersons have headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and New Orleans Jazz Festival. Their ensemble has performed in over 40 states and toured Japan.


Sunday, March 18, 4pm, Memorial Concert. 3pm pre-concert dialogue

Annual Memorial Concert: Mozart's Requiem with New Song Premieres

The Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir mark our annual tradition as we remember loved ones with a musical tribute. This special program pairs a world premiere of three Elise Paschen poems reflecting on grief, memory, and hope in musical settings by Peter Hilliard with the drama and beauty of Mozart’s Requiem. Learn more here.


Sunday, April 29, 10:00am

Celebrate the Gifts of Children

Ruth Ideen-Sall leads the children’s choirs of APC as they bring Scripture to life with music and drama in a joyful and music-filled service of worship.


Sunday, April 29, 4:00pm

Flute & Organ

Philadelphia musicians Erik and Anna Meyer bring their shared musical talents, interests, and creativity to bear on a program of works for flute and organ highlighting the wide variety of styles and tonal colors possible with this beautiful combination.


Sunday, May 6, 7:00pm

Chapel Choir and Festive Ringers Tour Concert

Help to welcome home the youth singers and ringers of APC’s Chapel Choir and Festive Ringers from their annual spring tour.


Friday, May 18, 8:00pm

Abington Symphony Orchestra & Oratorio Choir with Timothy Schwarz

Our choir and orchestra season culminates with a program welcoming long-time collaborator and native son Timothy Schwarz to share the stage. Reflecting on both beauty and community this program seeks to connect us to one another and to neighbors close by and far away.


Tuesday, June 19, 7:30pm

Silent Movie and Organ with Michael Britt

Nationally recognized theater organist Michael Britt will enlist the wide range of colors on the APC organ to bring drama and levity to our silent movie night tradition.


Music at Abington Background

Music at Abington was founded in 1972 by G. Stanley Powell, Minister of Music Emeritus.  As a concert series, Music at Abington brings outstanding professional musical programming to the Abington community for free.  The series has grown to include annual features of solo and chamber music, choral and instrumental programs, children's concerts and other unique programs all supported through free-will donations and patrons of the concert series.  Music at Abington builds community relationships by offering childcare and public receptions at its programs, and it celebrates and features the community-based ensembles of Abington Presbyterian Church: the Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir in orchestral programs and combined choral works.  The purpose of Music at Abington is to bring quality musical opportunities to the APC and Abington communities and through collaboration and musical excellence to "glorify God and refresh the soul" (-J. S. Bach).


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