PHILADEPHIA, PA, October 18, 2013 — The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill will dedicate the newly renovated Burleigh Cruikshank Memorial Chapel during a service of worship on Sunday, October 27, 2013 that begins at 8:30 a.m.


The day will continue with several celebratory events, including “Cantatas and Chamber Music,” the first in a series of monthly concerts featuring J.S. Bach’s Cantata 80, Ein feste Burg is unser Gott and G.F. Handel’s Look down, harmonious saint. Daniel Spratlan will be conducting. The Cantatas and Chamber Music performance will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will be preceded by wine, cheese, and other refreshments under the portico outside Cruikshank Chapel at 4:30 p.m. The suggested donation is $15.


The Haverstick-Borthwick Company was selected to implement the design of John Milner Architects, Inc. who also designed the renovation of the church’s sanctuary and fellowship hall in 1997. The chapel will create new spaces for worship, weddings, memorial services, musical performances, community gatherings and church meetings.


"Every time we have renovated a space in our church home, we have opened our doors in new ways to the community around us,” said The Rev. Cynthia A. Jarvis, minister of The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill. “The renovation of the church’s sanctuary, Widener Hall, the Center on the Hill and now Cruikshank Chapel embody our church’s commitment to the greater Chestnut Hill community.”



Over the next two years, the capital campaign to “Strengthen Our Foundation and Transform Our Future” will underwrite the renovation of the church’s kitchen and entrances as well as the installation of energy efficient windows. 


"The new Burleigh Cruikshank Memorial Chapel has created a magnificent space for the performance of many different genres of music,” said Daniel Spratlan, the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill’s Director of Music. “While our sanctuary already provides a nearly perfect acoustical space for many concerts and services throughout the year, I am excited by the possibilities this intimate and flexible chapel space brings to our music program, and to the greater Chestnut Hill community."


The church is located at 8855 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia. For more information, call the church office at 215-247-8855 or visit www.chestnuthillpres.org.


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