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The SIXTEENTH issue of our Orpheus newsletter. Read all about Revels, recaps of past events, and more!
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Yours In Song - Issue No. 16

February 2018

Greetings to Members of the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia.
Happy new year and welcome to winter!

Revels season is upon us and now is the time to look forward to the upcoming frivolity, to briefly reflect on the Christmas season, and to pass along other current news items. 

2019 Revels Performances


Gamey Thrones - or - Nothing Beats A Royal Flush

Two queens battle for the Iron Throne of Worsteros – the world’s ONLY flushing toilet. Meanwhile, the Night King and his unstoppable zombie army threatens humanity’s very existence. Can the queens set aside their differences and stop the unstoppable, or will their battle for the head leave them headless?

Everything Your Need To Know About Revels

Friday and Saturday – February 8 & 9

  • Reservations: Space is limited entering our final weekend but you can still email Lura Wampler at revelstickets@gmail.com or by phone at 610.688.6049 with your ticket requests.

  • Dress Code: Formal attire is requested, including black tie – or ORPHEUS COLORS, see below - for the gentlemen. 

  • The Show After The Show: Plan to stay for the traditional After Party with an open bar, generous buffet of cocktail fare, fellowship among members and more vocal entertainment.

  • Dinner Reservations: Dinner reservations at the Clubhouse are now available for Associate Members on the evening they are attending a Revels show. Dinner begins at 6:00pm and ends at 8:00pm to clear the dining area for the cast.  The dinner buffet and open bar is $55 per person. Contact Maureen to make your reservation. Cancellations will be accepted up to 48 hours prior to avoid charge.

I had the opportunity to attend a preview performance of “GAMEY THRONES” and can say with confidence that “NOTHING BEATS A ROYAL FLUSH!”

Will I enjoy the show if I haven't seen Game of Thrones?

You don’t have to be addicted to the HBO Series to follow the “plot”;  but if you are this is your chance to learn how the story really ends. This performance has everything you expect in an imaginative Revels including fourteen of the best musical numbers this side of Sea Dragon Point!  DON’T MISS IT!

March Events


2019 Mid-Winter Concerts

Wednesday & Thursday, March 6 & 7 at The Union League of Philadelphia

We will be back in beautiful Lincoln Hall at the League the first week in March.  You will be able to use your four tickets on either night or split between the two. The theme of the concerts is Songs of the Sea, we will help you take the chill off and have a blast.

The after-parties will be held at the League, and there will be limited pre-concert dining available by reservations. Click here to see our traditional dining options. 

Karaoke Night – Friday, March 22nd - NEW!

At the request of a creative Associate, we have begun planning for the first ever KARAOKE NIGHT at the Orpheus Clubhouse. Re-visit your favorite playlist, then come and partake of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while you enjoy the stylings of the aspiring Sinatra’s, Streisand’s, Elton John’s, and Lady Gaga’s among your fellow Associates – and then take the plunge yourself!  This will be the night that everybody gets to sing. Be on the lookout for more details. Get your reservations early, as we expect this event to be a sell-out.

Christmas Concert

On Wednesday, Dec. 12th Orpheus was back home on the stage of the Academy of Music for what is to many the official start of the Philadelphia Christmas season. We were joined in the midst of the Ballet’s Nutcracker setting by The Fairmont Brass and special guests, the Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School Chorale. The 30 ladies of this ensemble did three lovely solo numbers and joined Orpheus for two more to close each half of the evening.

The “Christmas Around the World” theme lent itself to a varied program of holiday classics and some more light-hearted numbers, including seven ukulele virtuosi – in grass skirts. (Sorry, no photo.) There was also a good mix of solos and small group numbers, highlighted by the Interchangeables’ hilarious rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as arranged by Straight No Chaser.

The Singers had a wonderful time, and by all accounts, so did the 1800+ Associates and their guests. We are also sorry for the jam up at the front doors before the concert started. We apologize for that inconvenience and will be taking steps with Academy management to ensure that in the future, your entry and seating will be uneventful.

Holiday Community Event Recap

This year was our busiest ever during the holiday season, with performances at many of the wonderful Philadelphia venues. We kicked off the programs with another appearance at the Powel House Christmas benefit event which is open to all Associates. Earl’s Pearls were among the 19 Singing Members, and here they are entertaining during our second set in the beautiful ballroom.

At midday on Dec 4th, we entertained the members of the New Jersey Society of Pennsylvania at the Acorn Club and then were treated to a delicious luncheon. That evening the Rat Pack entertained at a private Associate- sponsored event. The next night the Interchangeables led the crowd in carols at the Ronald McDonald House tree lighting. Catch the Brief ABC News Coverage

Over 100 Singing and Associate Members and guests then gathered at the Clubhouse on Dec 8th for the annual members-only Christmas party. We celebrated in style – enjoying OC numbers and caroling and dancing into the night to the spirited sounds of the Joe Claffy and Billy Handy Society Orchestra.
After the Christmas Concert at the Academy of Music on the 12th, the next weekend saw the Rat Pack leading caroling at  the Racquet Club’s tree-lighting on Friday night, a quartet of carolers adding flavor to the Philadelphia Country Club Christmas Ball on Saturday and an impressive contingent of Singers doing choir duty at the First City Troop George Washington memorial service at Christ Church on Sunday afternoon. The next evening, before our regular rehearsal, all the Singers gathered in front on the Clubhouse for the annual carol singalong with our neighbors.
Things wrapped up in a flourish on the 19th, with a presentation to the Colonial Dames at their annual holiday luncheon. The Singers all got unique and very tasty confections! That evening we turned out at the Acorn Club to lead their members in caroling – and cocktails. MANY thanks to all the Singers who participated in these events. It was wonderful to see Associates at so many.

Request an Orpheus Club Performance
It may be difficult to find room on the calendar, but if you would like to add an Orpheus flavor to your holiday event, contact me at tratner@comcast.net and we’ll see what’s possible.   

OC Colors Have Arrived!

The delayed shipment HAS ARRIVED, and both Bow Ties and Cummerbunds are now available – JUST IN TIME TO SHOW OFF AT REVELS. The Bow being sported here by AMAC member Val Sauri has the crest-only Associate pattern, and the Cummerbund has the unique, combined Associate Crest and Singing Member Stripes design worn by ALL Orpheus members. Each item is $50, and the set is $100 – billable to your member account. Get your orders in NOW to Maureen at orpheusclubmanager@gmail.com, and we’ll work out delivery, or you’ll be able to pick them up before the show and wear them at your Revels performance.
Order Your Colors Today

Bermuda Cruise This July

If you aren’t looking forward to Winter’s chill, plan now for warm Summer travels with Orpheus.  

Space IS limited so consider making your reservation now. CLICK HERE FOR FULL TRIP DETAILS!

A Passing – Harry French

We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing, on Dec. 7th, of Harry French, two month shy of his 93rd birthday and less than a week before what would have been his 55th Christmas Concert as our longest-standing Associate Member.

Harry graduated from Episcopal Academy in 1944 and went on to be Valedictorian of his class at Brown University, in Engineering, while also serving as a Lieutenant in the Navy.  He later received an MBA from Harvard and went into investment banking in Philadelphia. He discovered a struggling company which developed a handheld searchlight and grew it into Streamlight Incorporated, becoming Chairman in 1944 and maintaining his involvement into 2018.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Phyllis, his wife of 64 years, and to their extended family. We treasure Harry’s loyalty to Orpheus and know that he will be missed by many fellow members. Donations in Harry’s memory can be made to the Bryn Mawr Hospital Foundation Nursing Excellence Fund or The Gladwyne Fire Company.

Yours In Song,

 
Tim Ratner
Newsletter Editor
C: 267.255.7400 | E: tratner@comcast.net
 
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