The Orpheus Club of Philadelphia
Welcome to our 145th season of great music, hearty laughter and good friends! Our three formal concerts will make special evenings for all, delivering festive performances with a touch of Old Philadelphia grace and charm.
Under the leadership of John Shankweiler, we are proud to offer new music and a continual influx of young, talented singers, blended with the songs and performers that are Orpheus favorites.
Ecce Quam Bonum - Our Theme
The Union League of Philadelphia
Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 8:30pm
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Thursday, March 2, 2017, 8:30pm
Please take note of the two-night option for our winter concert. Current Associate members are invited to state their preference by filling out the online form.
Where: Orpheus Clubhouse
Week #1 – 8:30pm start
Fri Jan 27, Sat Jan 28, Sun Jan 29 (3:30pm matinee)
Week #2 – 8:30pm start
Thu Feb 2, Fri Feb 3, Sat Feb 4
Week #3 – 8:30pm start
Fri Feb 10, Sat Feb 11
She Soups to Conquer – or – Un Oeuf is Enough
A once-storied Parisian cooking school is faced with imminent extinction. Can it be saved by Gordon Ramsay’s monstrous ego? Or will the machinations of culinary would-be’s and has-beens prove once and for all that too many cooks spoil the broth?
Weather-shmeather! That snow was nothin’. Looks like were in the clear for all of our Week 3 shows.
254 S. Van Pelt Street - Orpheus ClubhouseFor Singing Members, our clubhouse is a place where we gather on Mondays to rehearse music. However, Associate Members have occasion to visit the clubhouse multiple times a year. From our pre-concert dinners to our after-concert parties, the clubhouse is the center of life for the Orpheus Club.
Founded in 1872, the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia is one of the longest-standing, independent, male choral societies in America. For nearly a century and a half, the Club has been a prominent fixture in the social and cultural life of the city of Philadelphia.
The Singing Membership consists of approximately eighty active members ranging in age from recent college graduates to men in their eighties and beyond.
The Club gives three formal concerts each year for its Associate Members and their guests in major Philadelphia venues, such as Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and Lincoln Hall in the Union League of Philadelphia. Our repertoire spans classical, jazz and pop, with the Club often debuting new arrangements commissioned for its use. For four weeks each winter, at the Club’s colorful center city house, a select group of Singing Members presents to Singing and Associate Members, an all-original musical satire, the “Twelfth Night Revels”, featuring popular songs specially arranged, comic skits, a loose plot, and elaborate costumes.
Proud of its history, the Orpheus Club continues to thrive and looks eagerly ahead to a bright future.