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Ensemble Companio in Concert: 'Hope is my Philosophy'
Church of Saint John the Evangelist, Newport
Newport, RI
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Ensemble Companio in Concert: 'Hope is my Philosophy'
Ensemble Companio, an award-winning volunteer chamber choir conducted by Michael Weinberg, will perform its Spring 2017 program entitled Hope Is My Philosophy in the stunning visual and acoustic space of the 1894 Zabriskie Memorial Church of Saint John the Evangelist, Newport. A reception will follow in the church's 1875 Guild Hall. Sponsored by Friends of Music at St. Johns.

Hope Is My Philosophy -- a concert that reflects on humanity's enduring capacity for learning, overcoming challenges, and connecting with one another -- features works by Brahms, Victoria, Rachmaninov, Ysaye Barnwell, Bobby McFerrin, and others, spanning a variety of genres including classical, spiritual, popular, folk, and world music.

The 26 accomplished choral musicians of Ensemble Companio hail from across the Eastern seaboard and perform together throughout the Eastern United States. Founded in 2011 by director emeritus Joseph Gregorio, Ensemble Companio takes its name from a Latin form of companion, the historical meaning of which is one with whom one shares bread. The name reflects the musicians belief that sharing in choral music, like the sharing of food, is an essential, nourishing, and healing experience. Ensemble Companios mission is to build bridges between people through authentic, inspiring performances of the finest choral music.

Ensemble Companio was awarded the 2012 American Prize in Choral Performance (Community Chorus division) for its vibrant sound and moving interpretations, and was invited to perform at the 2013 Fall Conference of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. Ensemble Companio has received a grant from ACDA-PA, and has participated in workshops and master classes with such luminaries as composer/conductor Alice Parker, Matthew Oltman, director emeritus of Chanticleer, and Jameson Marvin, professor emeritus of choral music at Harvard University.

Ensemble Companio was also invited to present at the 2016 Chorus America conference on the uniquely accessible community chorus model its members created to allow ambitious, working young professionals to perform in an elite chamber choir. In 2016, with a supporting grant from Awesome Without Borders, Ensemble Companio recorded its first studio album.

Ensemble Companio typically presents three full-length concerts per season, as well as several shorter and more informal performances. Its repertoire spans centuries and has included Gregorian chant, sacred and secular works of the Renaissance, Johann Sebastian Bach's monumental double-choir motet Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, lush choral works of the Romantic era, and modern and contemporary compositions, as well as arrangements of spirituals, popular songs, and folk music from around the world.


Church of Saint John the Evangelist, Newport (View)
Washington and Willow Streets
Newport, RI 02840
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > All Ages
Music > Choral
Music > Classical
Music > Spiritual

Minimum Age: 5
Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Friends of Music at St. John's
On BPT Since: Apr 03, 2017
Friends of Music at St. John's
401 848 2561

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