Twelfth Night Revels
Like many organizations, we have spent the past weeks determining how the most recent surge of COVID-19 will affect the Club’s plans.
Due to inevitable challenges with rehearsals, cast availability, and audience participation, we have moved the Revels performances to the end of April. See the full schedule here.
The Orpheus Club of Philadelphia
The Orpheus Club of Philadelphia’s sesquicentennial has arrived. A 150th anniversary merits a full year of fun, flair, and musical celebration! We will make the most of this special season with engaging concerts, unique events, special nods to our long history, and a fabulous gala in October 2022.
Our 2021-22 calendar has included the exciting Mischief Night benefit event at the Historic Strawberry Mansion in October, and the annual Christmas Concert at the Academy of Music featuring special guests Andrea McArdle and the Fairmount Brass.
Coming up, other Members Only events include the annual Quartet Contest, and the legendary Twelfth Night Revels, now scheduled for late April and early May. These intimate events will be back in our Clubhouse at 254 S. Van Pelt Street. Our lively Mid-Winter Concert will be in two performances, on March 2nd and 3rd, 2022 in the Lincoln Hall Ballroom at the Union League of Philadelphia. For our Spring Concert, we return to outdoor festivities at the Devon Horse Show grounds on May 14th (rain date May 15th). You may join the fanfare with picnics and refreshments in the grandstand.
2021-2022 is an inspirational season where you can re-establish Orpheus fellowship while welcoming new friends. We look forward to enjoying the 150th with you!
Ecce Quam Bonum - Our Theme
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity”– 133rd Psalm
A message to our Associates regarding Covid 19:
The Orpheus Club has launched the 150th season with everyone’s safety and health in mind. At performances, our singers are fully vaccinated. This means we remain agile and ready to deliver our unique brand of musical delights wherever we go. We will remain aligned with city, state and federal laws regarding performances and will keep you informed.
Stay tuned for musical updates and login to our online portal to hear recordings of past concerts.
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.