Music at Abington Calendar of Events

The 45th Season, 2016-2017

Thank you donors, performers and listeners who helped to make our 45th season possible! We are grateful for a year filled with music and look forward to our next season. Watch this page for updates this summer on upcoming programs!


September 23, Friday, 8:00 P.M.
Repeat performance: Elkins Park Train Station: September 25, 3:00 P.M.

Abington Festival Strings: Homecoming

Meet the Abington Festival Strings family, conducted by John Sall, for a Homecoming Concert as we celebrate five seasons of music, fellowship, and community outreach. Enjoy sparkling Baroque favorites and a journey through time including a premiere by composer Peter Hilliard! Guest harpsichordist: H.L. Smith, II.

Pre-concert chat/meet the players at 7:00 PM


October 16, Sunday, 4:00 P.M.

The Carlock-Combet Duo

A program of French works will highlight the beauty and musicality evident when Sandra Carlock, piano, and Guillaume Combet, violin, both familiar through the Settlement Music School, join together.


October 30, Sunday, 4:00 P.M.

Trick or Treat Tunes

A Bonus event for families including a trick-or-treat trip through the parking lot and a mini-concert featuring Ethel Geist, organist, and friends!


November 4, Friday, 8:00 P.M.

Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir: Brave and Bold

The Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir share music that gives courage and inspiration through beauty.

December 11, Sunday, 4:30 P.M. & 7:00 P.M.

Christmas By Candlelight

Share in the 25-year tradition of gathering with the community to sing carols with the children, youth, and adult choirs, orchestra, bells, and organ with a candlelight procession.


January 15, Sunday, 3:00 P.M.

Amahl and the Night Visitors

The captivating tale of Amahl and the surprise visit of three kings from a distant land enchants listeners of all ages. Share this heartwarming tradition with listeners young and old.
(Incelement weather date: Jan 16, 7:00 P.M.)

February 12, Sunday, 4:00 P.M.

Clara Gerdes, Organ

Clara Gerdes, from Davidson, North Carolina, is the Dr. Mi-Wah Lee Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music where she studies with Alan Morrison. Ms. Gerdes has already claimed regional, state, and national scholarship and performance prizes as an organist and pianist in her early career.


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  7  Vincent Ryan
Feb 14 Aaron Patterson
Feb 21 David Furniss
Feb 28 Erik Meyer

March 12, Sunday, 4:00 P.M.

Jasper String Quartet

Winner of the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award, the Jasper String Quartet has been hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” (The Strad) and as “powerful” (New York Times).


March 25, Saturday, 4:00 P.M.

Children’s Choir Festival Concert, Mark Patterson, director

Children from the Philadelphia area Choristers Guild join together for a choir festival concert with guest conductor Mark Patterson.


April 2, Sunday, 4:00 P.M.

Annual Memorial Concert with Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir

The Abington Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Choir present this annual tradition dating back more than three-quarters of a century as we remember loved ones with a musical tribute through the beauty of the Brahms Requiem.


April 23, Sunday, 10:00 A.M.

Celebrate the Gifts of Children

Ruth Ideen-Sall leads the children’s choirs of APC in anthems and hymns through a music filled service.


May 7, Sunday, 7:00 P.M.

Chapel Youth Choir Tour Concert

A homecoming concert by the youth of the Chapel Choir concludes their spring tour.


May 19, Friday, 8:00 P.M.

Abington Symphony Orchestra: Fresh, Local, In-Season

The orchestra celebrates the talents within its ranks in a program featuring soloists and features from within the group.


June 27, Tuesday, 7:30 P.M.

Silent Movie/Organ Program

Laugh with friends of all ages at an old-time movie event accompanied live from the organ.



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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