2018 Quartet Contest
Our top 7 contenders vie for a spot to perform in our Spring Concert.
The Orpheus Club of Philadelphia
Welcome to our 146th 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
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity”– 133rd Psalm
Kimmel Center, Verizon Hall
Wednesday, May 2, 8:30 pm
We will conclude the formal events of the Orpheus Club’s 146th Season with an exciting Spring Concert at Verizon Hall featuring Latin and South American music. Those of you who went on our sojourn to Cuba will be happy to know that our concert guest will be the Alfred James Band who kept things bopping in Havana last June. There will be many others favorites along with some lovely original numbers.
In the second half of the concert, you will hear the Quartet Contest winners, chosen by your fellow Associate Members on April 28th. And, of course, we will treat you to a reprise of memorable numbers from this year’s marvelous Revels show.
Upcoming Trip To Italy
You are invited to join singing members of the Orpheus Cub on a tour of Italy with ALFRED JAMES BAND & ORPHEUS CLUB OF PHILADELPHIA! Concerts in Venice, Lucca, and Rome, and featuring participation in the mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica!
254 S. Van Pelt Street - Orpheus Clubhouse
For 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.