Presenting live music in a warm & friendly setting.We are Rebecca and David Thornburgh—singers, musicians, and lovers of all kinds of music. Our 150-year-old neo-Gothic Victorian house was once called the Corner House and—wait for it—it sits on a corner in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of northwest Philadelphia. Our living room is a perfect space for performances of all types of acoustic and (smaller) amplified music.We love live music, and we know you do, too. Check out our schedule!
We all need more live music in our lives, right?We invite you to The Corner House for an intimate experience of music of all types. We've got some truly spectacular concerts coming up, and we’re making plans for more!Check out our schedule of upcoming events!Concerts last about 90 minutes, with a 20-minute break. Come a little early for snacks and drinks. We ask only that you make a free will donation—amount is up to you, but we think $15-$20 sounds about right, right? All that loveliness will go, with our big thanks, to the performers.Stay tuned and stay in touch by joining our mailing list.And if you're a musician who'd like to perform, we'd love to hear from you!
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Corner House: "Caribou Party" on How Beautiful It's Been (5/27/22)
SATURDAY, MAY 7 | CORNER HOUSE
Sadly this event has been canceled due to illness. New date to be announced soon.We are beyond excited to introduce you all to the fantastic roots music of Corner House, visiting our area on tour this spring from their home in New England. Corner House offers up their own originals, inspired by traditions of Irish, Scottish, Appalachian stringband, and bluegrass music.You don't wanna miss this music. Really.Listen to more from Corner House.
Virtuosic instrumental prowess and natural musicality that puts shivers down one’s spine
—Gabe HirshfeldSwaying through joyous and mournful moments
—Brittany Haas...ferocious fiddle, with a couple of the most talented and exciting young string players in the US right now. Any corners you get to turn with them are going to be unexpected fun.
—Darol AngerThese fine musicians and lovely people think about each note they make and it comes together in something bigger. Simply beautiful music.
Boston’s Corner House grows together on new album How Beautiful It’s BeenOriginally hailing from Boston, Corner House takes their name from the place where the four young band members found musical family in one another—their shared home in Brighton, as students at Berklee College of Music. Emerging from varied genre backgrounds, the quartet’s unique strength is their desire to learn from one another, not only in musical skill and style, but in life experience; such that every challenge overcome by one band member becomes part of the group’s shared musical and personal DNA. On their debut full length album How Beautiful It’s Been the band reveals the sublime result of that growth mindset, with a singular sound that incorporates old time, Scottish, progressive bluegrass, and folk.Originally made up of songwriter and guitarist Ethan Hawkins, Scottish fiddle player Louise Bichan, and bluegrass mandolinist Ethan Setiawan, Corner House are students of a wide variety of musical traditions. In the autumn of 2017, the group debuted at FreshGrass Festival in North Adams, Massachusetts before recording a self-titled EP and touring Scotland the following year. Returning from overseas, the three found the illustrious cellist Casey Murray, living just down the street, and invited her to join the fold, unveiling the new line up on a second EP, Smart Folks, released in 2019. For their debut full-length record, which focuses more on lyric-based arrangements, they enlisted harp virtuoso Maeve Gilchrist, a past mentor to all four bandmembers, to produce. “We all really admired her musicality, arranging and writing, and Ethan and Maeve bonded over poetry, and songwriting,” explains Bichan.How Beautiful It’s Been features five songs and four instrumentals, which serve as soundscape meditations between each lyrical offering. Several of the instrumentals, such as “2 Rights Make A Chicken,” showcase the Celtic influence in the band, with gorgeous cello and fiddle melodies calling to mind the recordings of Alisdair Fraser and Natalie Haas. In this context, however, they are also accompanied by rhythmic and arpeggiated mandolin and guitar, emerging into improvised solos before returning to the melodic backbone of the tune.In many ways, Corner House is the band we all wish we could be a part of. Mutually inspired, learning from one another, and open to any and all ideas, the group is a beautiful representation of their generation; not only tolerating, but embracing diversity in every aspect of their music making. If we listen closely enough, we may be able to learn just as much from them as they have from one another.
Hey, if you're a musician who'd like to offer a performance at Corner House Concerts, we'd love to hear from you!We're interested in presenting music of all types and genres—from traditional to classical, singers and instrumentalists together or solo.Our space will accommodate up to four or five—okay, really six or seven—performers. We have a very good upright piano, and we can set you up with mics and speakers.We ask you to offer two 40- or 45-minute sets with a short break. Scheduling is flexible, though we prefer to plan for late afternoons on Sundays.Corner House Concerts will ask audience members for a free will donation of $15-20, with all that loveliness going to you and your fellow performers.We're just getting started here, but we’re sure we can offer you a great experience performing for people who love live music.Looking forward to hearing from you!
We all want to gather as safely as possible, of course.We’re asking and masking
When you arrive at The Corner House, you'll be asked to show proof that you've been fully vaccinated. While you're here inside, we ask that you wear a mask unless you are eating or drinking. And of course if you feel at all unwell, please stay home—we’ll see you next time!Our audience capacity is 35 seats in a space about 20 by 40 feet—chairs will be spaced accordingly.Our performers, all fully vaccinated, will not wear masks during their show.During the break we will open doors and run a large fan to air out the space.Weather permitting, we will offer outdoor space for gathering without masks.
Corner House Concerts lives at 491 East Gravers Lane, in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of northwest Philadelphia—we are on the corner (yep) of East Gravers and Prospect Avenue. The entrance to our house is on Prospect Avenue.PARK
There's limited parking on Prospect Avenue; ignore the "no parking" signs—everybody does! There's street parking on Gravers Lane and Crittenden Streets (just a half block away), and also in the lot at the Gravers Lane train station, just a bit over a block away.TRANSIT
The Gravers Lane stop of the East Chestnut Hill train line is just over a block away. The terminus of the West Chestnut Hill line is about a ten-minute walk.Looking forward to sharing the experience of live music with you!—Rebecca & David
SUNDAY, APRIL 3
Hollis Payer, Rob Curto, Melissa BrunFine and fancy, deft and delightful— and super fun!
SUNDAY, MARCH 13 2022
JULIE SNYDER, soprano & JOANNA GATES, mezzo-soprano: LE TOMBEAU DES NAÏADES
with CATHY MAZZA, collaborative pianistSuch gorgeousness uplifted by these two exquisite and expressive voices...
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26 2022
VICENTE CASTAÑEDA, ROB SANDERS & BUCK BUCHANAN A night of warmth & magic...
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18 2021
ANIKA KILDEGAARD, TIANA SORENSON, ELISA SUTHERLAND: EVENING MORNING DAYTranscendant voices intertwining...
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20 2021
THE SATURDAYS: Dave Arms, Buck Buchanan, Rich NourieSuch great tunes from these amazing players....
SUNDAY, APRIL 3 | MAGGIE'S BOOTS, with Hollis Payer, Rob Curto & Melissa Brun
Traditional Irish tunes and original music, all with a unique groove!Together since 2018, this Philadelphia-based band features Hollis Payer on fiddle, Rob Curto on button accordion and Melissa Brun on cello.Check out their terrific music here and here and here.Find Maggie's Boots at home, and on Facebook.Save your seat! (we need to have your registration in advance—thanks!)
SUNDAY, MARCH 13 | JULIE SNYDER, soprano & JOANNA GATES, mezzo-soprano: LE TOMBEAU DES NAÏADES
with CATHY MAZZA, collaborative pianist
Inspired by Claude Debussy’s Le tombeau des naïades from Chansons de Bilitis.The text, taken from a set of poems by Pierre Louys, tells the story of a search in wintertime for the naïads and nymphs in the woods—then, after the despair of learning they are dead, of moving forward to find consolation and hope.The artists chose this poem because it seems to describe how we have functioned in the world in the past few yearsthat—in spite of our search for magic and the despair of not finding it—we are ever hopeful.LE TOMBEAU DES NAÏADESWinter
Fiocca la neve — Pierrot Cimara
Diamonds in the Snow — Jean Sibelius
L’hiver — Charles Koechlin
Must the Winter come so soon? (from Vanessa) — Samuel BarberSearching
Erstarrung (from Winterreise) — Franz Schubert
Where Has Summer Gone? — Ben Moore
Into the night — Clara EdwardsDeath of Magic and Despair
In My Dreams (from Anastasia) — Flaherty/AhrensSleep Is Supposed To Be — Aaron Copland
Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen — Gustav Mahler
Almost Real (from The Bridges of Madison County) — Jason Robert BrownContemplation
Back To Before (from Ragtime) — Flaherty/AhrensThat shadow, my likeness — Ned Rorem
Clair de lune — Claude Debussy
Sunset — John ConahanHope
Espoir — Cécile ChaminadeVåren — Edvard Grieg
When They Come Back — Aaron Copland
No One Is Alone (from Into the Woods) — Stephen Sondheim
ABOUT THE ARTISTSSoprano Julie Snyder excels as an educator, performer, and scholar. As an educator, Dr. Snyder owns and operates Snyder School of Singing in Erdenheim, which offers private voice lessons and voice classes to students of all ages and ability levels. Previously, she served on the adjunct faculty of the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University for seventeen years, and taught private voice (classical and musical theater), class voice, vocal repertoire, music theory, and vocal diction. During that time, she also served as an accompanist and advisor for several courses in the musical theater program. Dr. Snyder has also created and led camps, courses, and workshops for students of all ages at Wyoming Seminary, The Center on the Hill, Abington High School, Parkland High School, Old Pine Presbyterian Church, The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra, The Valley Players of Ligonier, and Actors and Artists of Fayette County. Additionally, Dr. Snyder is a professional-level pianist, vocal coach, and diction coach. Her students have been accepted into top undergraduate, graduate, and Young Artist programs, and have appeared professionally on Broadway, in regional theater and national tours, and with top opera houses and choral ensembles throughout the country.As a performer, Dr. Snyder is equally at home in choral, opera, operetta, musical theater, and recital settings, and has appeared with The New York Philharmonic, Opera Philadelphia, The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Variant 6, The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Chester County, The Philadelphia Gilbert and Sullivan Union, Opera Libera, The Delaware Valley Opera Company, Sarah Brightman in Concert, and The Centre Theater. She currently serves as section leader, soloist, and children’s choir director at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill and recently completed a five-year tenure as a core member of The Crossing.Dr. Snyder’s research in the field of Swedish vocal diction and Swedish art song has been utilized by singers and vocal scholars worldwide. She is also sought as an authority on topics pertaining musical theater pedagogy and repertoire. Dr. Snyder holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance (summa cum laude) from Susquehanna University, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in voice performance from Temple University. Originally from Latrobe, Pennsylvania, she now resides in Erdenheim with her two children, Wesley and Natalie.
traditions.Joanna Gates, mezzo-soprano, is an accomplished solo and ensemble singer and teacher who performs a wide range of vocal repertoire. Joanna has been praised for her “dazzling, florid technique and eloquent phrasing” on the operatic stage and in the concert hall. Recent solo performances include: Leucosia in the world premiere and recording of The Wake World by David Herzberg with Opera Philadelphia and Hansel in Hansel and Gretel with Opera Box. Other notable roles include the title role in Rossini’s Cinderella, Dido in Dido and Aeneas with Opera Box, Berta in Il barbiere di Siviglia and Zita in Gianni Schicchi. In concert Ms. Gates has been a mezzo-soprano soloist in the Verdi Requiem, the Duruflé Requiem, Messiah, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and has performed in recitals and chamber ensembles throughout the region.
Joanna is a core member of The Crossing, the two time Grammy award-winning vocal ensemble, fully dedicated to the performance of new music. She has recorded over 20 albums with The Crossing. Joanna can be seen performing in the area with Opera Company of Philadelphia, Opera Box, The Mastersingers of Wilmington, and The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. Joanna lives in Delaware with her husband and son and teaches voice and violin lessons at Sanford School.