The Chestnut Hill Community Association is pleased to announce the return of
Pastorius Park Concerts
We are kicking off our 72nd Free Summer Concert Series with music by
Andrew Lipke and the Azrael String Quartet
Wednesday, July 14, 7:30 pm
Andrew Lipke is a Philadelphia-based, South African born composer, producer, arranger, conductor, vocalist,
multi-instrumentalist, and educator active in many styles across multiple genres.
About Andrew Lipke
Andrew Lipke is a Philadelphia-based, South African born composer, producer, arranger, conductor, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and educator active in many styles across multiple genres.
As composer Lipke has written works for ensembles such as The Aizuri String Quartet, Carpe Diem String Quartet, Choral Arts Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Bach Collegium, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, virtuosic vocal sextet Variant Six, and many others. Lipke’s credits also include a punk rock score for the internationally released EPIX film “Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story”.
Lipke has released seven self-produced albums of original music encompassing a wide variety of musical styles from early madrigal vocal music to aggressive hard rock. His music has been described as “Liberated pop – ambitious long-form songs with harmonic freedom and emotional range unstymied by strict radio formats” (David Patrick Stearns, Philadelphia Inquirer), and he has been praised for his “…smartly constructed lyrics and gorgeously orchestrated melodies” (AD Amorosi, City Paper). In addition to his own material Lipke has produced dozens of recordings for artists in the Philadelphia region many of them engineered by Lipke in his studio The Record Lounge.
As arranger and conductor Andrew has worked extensively with American singer-songwriter Amos Lee, initially providing orchestrations for Lee’s 2015 album “Live at Red Rocks with The Colorado Symphony” and continuing to orchestrate additional material for Lee’s performances with prominent American orchestras including the Nashville, Los Angeles, Oregon, St. Louis, Utah, and Seattle symphony orchestras. In 2019 Amos Lee returned to Red Rocks in a performance featuring Lipke conducting the “Red Rocks Chamber Orchestra” assembled specifically for the event.
As multi-instrumentalist Lipke spent more than a decade touring the country with the highly successful Led Zeppelin tribute band Get The Led Out as keyboardist and guitarist and has also traveled extensively as vocalist with conductor Steve Hackman’s Brahms V Radiohead, including performances with the Pittsburgh, San Diego, Indianapolis, Colorado, Columbus, Charlotte, North Carolina, and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras.
From 2015 through 2019, upon invitation from esteemed maestro Dirk Brossè, Andrew was in collaboration with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia where he created, curated, and hosted an innovative, cross-genre concert series entitled “Intersect” exploring the common attributes of music that transcend genre and style.
Passionate about music education, Andrew – through his involvement with the Philadelphia based non-profit LiveConnections – has collaborated with several members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and other established local and regional musicians creating cross-genre presentations for under-served youth, highlighting the transformative and boundary- crossing nature of music. Lipke was an artist in residence at Philadelphia’s Science and Leadership Academy in connection with the commissioning of Julia Wolfe’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize winning composition “Anthracite Fields”, and since 2016 Lipke has been in residence with Philadelphia high school Hill Freedman World Academy writing, arranging, producing, and recording albums of original music created in collaboration with the students.
Lipke is currently in the process of creating an album cycle based on Herman Hesse’s groundbreaking novel “Siddhartha”, the first installment of which – entitled, simply, “Siddhartha” – was released in 2015, and the second – “Kamala & The Child People” – was released in 2020.
For more information about Andrew Lipke and to listen to his music, go to andrewlipke.com. Stay tuned to the Chestnut Hill Local for previews of each upcoming band or go to chestnuthill.org for more information about the Pastorius Park Summer Concert Series.
Directions to Pastorius Park
Pastorius Park is located two blocks west of Germantown Avenue, on Millman Street. See map.
Please be mindful of our Chestnut Hill neighbors and
do not park where there are No Parking signs,
or block driveways, when attending the concert.
Please do not throw anything into the pond.
Climbing on trees in the park is prohibited.
Please protect our water and trees!
If rain is in the forecast, please go to www.chestnuthill.org, visit the CHCA Facebook page or call 215-248-8810 after 3:00 pm on the day of the concert to confirm.
Rain Location – Springside Chestnut Hill Auditorium #10 on their campus map https://www.sch.org/school/campus-map
Andrew Lipke and the Azrael String Quartet concert is sponsored by
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Volunteer at our concerts!
Help us set up for the concerts, meet your neighbors and enjoy a wonderful evening of music in a beautiful park.
We begin around 6:30 pm and also clean up the park at the conclusion of the concert.
Chestnut Hill Community Association
8434 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118