GET READY for our June 17th Quakers’ Got Talent Concert (doors open 7:30 PM)
This year we are adding a first-ever PYM fundraiser on June 17th. This event will benefit PYM programs and gather our community around a fun event. Quakers’ Got Talent will feature an 8:00 PM performance with Rachel Zatcoff, a Broadway star, plus Emily Drinker (singer songwriter) and Zenaida Peterson (slam poet). Together they are donating their talents in support of our programming. Learn more below under 2019 current events.
ABOUT – Friends in Fellowship is an event series that bring Friends—and friends of Friends—together for fellowship, refreshments, and networking. They are perfect for expanding your experience of Quakerism beyond Sunday Meeting for Worship.
2019 June Performance
Monday Evening June 17: Quaker’s Got Talent Fundraising Celebration – 7:30 PM (doors open) with performance at 8:00
$35 or pay your age
Broadway Star Rachel Zatcoff – Slam Poet Zenaida Peterson – Singer songwriter Emily Drinker – City Love Duo Sterling Duns and Caselli Jordan – Musical Theater performer Zoe Grace Fox – Classical Composer & Pianist Philip Cooke with singer Rebecca Myers
Master of Ceremonies, Ben Camp
Proceeds will benefit PYM programming
- 6:00 We suggest self-organized Friendly 8’s at local restaurants and homes
- 7:30 Concert hall opens. There will be a limited number of silent auction items available for bidding.
- 8:00 Performance
COST – $35 or pay your age
Located at the William Penn Charter School, Kurtz Center Theater –3000 West School House Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144
We are bringing Broadway and slam poetry to the Quaker community as a way to gather Quaker youth and friends of all ages around a celebration of the arts and Quaker talent.
Our featured performers are Camden Meeting’s Roy Zatcoff, and his daughter Rachel Zatcoff, a Broadway performer who starred as Christine in Phantom of the Opera in 2016. She had her New York City Opera debut in 2017 in the sold-out run of Candide, directed by Hal Prince. Rachel is currently performing the role of Tzeitel in a Yiddish version of “Fiddler on the Roof” directed by Joel Grey. She has also sung A Little Night Music (Anne) and Little Red Riding Hood (Little Red) for the Syracuse Opera. Roy will accompany his daughter Rachel as she performs a selection of Broadway songs.
The slam poet Zenaida Peterson (one of our talented Young Adult Friends) will be opening the evening’s performance. Zenaida is a veteran of the National Poetry Slam Competition, and an advocate for more women in slam poetry.
Slam poetry is a form of high energy performance poetry that combines performance, writing, competition, and audience participation. Definition from the Encyclopedia Britannica
Emily Drinker is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Philadelphia. She blends folk, soul, and pop with a ukulele, and soulful 3 part harmonies through live looping. In 2018, Emily was featured by NPR Music in their Tiny Desk on the Road tour as an opening act for Naia Izumi. A graduate of the William Penn Charter School she is thrilled to be back on the stage to sing for Quakers.
City Love is one talented duo with a strong following in schools and performance spaces. Sterling Duns (Dwight Dunston) and Caselli Jordan (Brian Jordan) use their music to foster dialogue, hope, creativity, and positive change. Sterling is a West Philly based hip-hop artist, musician, organizer, educator, poet and Quaker at Merion Meeting. Caselli Jordan is a singer-songwriter, gardener and educator. In addition to their City Love work, Caselli and Sterling teach at the Philadelphia School, and Friends Central School respectively.
Zoe Grace Fox is both a member of Abington Monthly Meeting and a Musical Theater major at DeSales University. She has performed professionally at the Walnut Street Theater, in the Philly Fringe Festival at the Philadelphia Theater Company’s Suzanne Roberts Theatre, and is a commercial voice over performer and TV/radio jingle singer. She played the role of Hope Cladwell in Arden Theater’s Teen Company’s production of Urinetown.
Philip Cooke (Haverford Meeting) is a classical Composer and Pianist who lives and works in Boston. He will be premiering his newest work Amor Profanus with the singer Rebecca Myers.
Follow the links below for audio recordings of our previous talks and lectures
- The Human Genome & Health Disparities
- Diversity and Inclusion in Government
- Kenya’s Response to Climate change
- Living Well: A Panel Discussion on Tools for Wellness
- Teaching to the Heart, Teaching to the Mind
- Taking Tyrants to Court: Human Rights Restitution in the Philippines and Korea
- Quaker Farming: Quaker Seeds
- Wissahickon Habitat Repair: Plants and Birds and Rocks and Things
- The Art of Persuasion