Coming up in Philly music: Wayfaring strangers in the Fringe

Warsaw's Frédéric Chopin lived in Paris for nearly half his life. (Watercolor, 1835, by Maria Wodzińska, via Wikimedia Commons.)

Stranger in a Strange Land is a Philly Fringe concert devoted to songs by composers and poets forced to live in foreign countries, abandoning homelands they still loved. The exiles represented on the program include Chopin, who was an ardent Polish nationalist; Kurt Weill, who came to America to escape Nazi Germany; and Romania’s greatest composer, George Enescu, whose country was occupied by the Russians after World War II. Their songs will be performed by four out-of-towners — three singers and one pianist — all of whom work with New York choral groups. You’ll have to take a chance on artists no one in Philadelphia has heard of, but the strangers are only charging $10.

The Philadelphia Fringe Festival will present Stranger in a Strange Land on September 23 at 3pm at Christ’s Presbyterian Church, 1020 S. 10th Street, Philadelphia. Tickets are $10 and they’re available online and at the door.

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