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Classical Music at Woodmere

Classical Music at Woodmere 

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Romantic Music for Cello and Piano: Music of Brahms, Debussy and Kodály
Saturday, October 14 | 6:00 pm
$25 ($15 members)
Musicians: Scott Ballantyne, cello and Hiroko Sasaski, piano

Cellist Scott Ballantyne, will be giving his farewell public performance at Woodmere with his long-time collaborator, pianist Hiroko Sasaski. The program will feature the rich lyricism of Johannes Brahms’s sonatas for cello and piano as well as sonatas by Zoltán Kodály and Claude Debussy. The concert captures the late Romantic/Early 20th century musical scene, one of the most creative and impressive periods in all music. This was the first program Ballantyne and Sasaski played together at their Carnegie Hall debut and has been one of the most popular with audiences.


An Afternoon of Instrumental Sonatas and Concertos
in partnership with WRTI
Sunday, October 29 | 3:00 pm 
Musicians: Members of the Philadelphia Music Youth Alliance, Artists Initiative

Program details to come.

Philadelphia Music Alliance for Youth (PMAY) is designed for serious music students who want to pursue professional performance careers in classical music. The PMAY Artists’ Initiative is a collaboration of leading Philadelphia music institutions that believe in providing access to high quality music education for all students.

Curtis@Woodmere: An Evening of Beethoven, Ravel, Debussy and more
Saturday, November 11 | 6:00 pm
$25 ($15 members)
Musician: Maya Anjali Buchanan, violin

Curtis Institute of Music is home to some of the most talented young performers of their generation. Enjoy an evening with violinist, Maya Anjali Buchanan, who will be performing a variety of sonatas and other compositions featuring the music of Claude Debussy, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Reena Esmail. Reena Esmail's piece “Darshan” ties in with Buchanan's Indian heritage, her interest in exploring the music of Western classical composers with ties to the East, and their blending of styles.

All appear by special arrangement with Curtis on Tour, the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music.


Releasing the Energies: Choral Music in Dialogue with the Art of Barbara Bullock
Saturday, January 13 | 6:00 pm
$25 ($15 members)
Musicians: The Choir at St. Thomas, Whitemarsh

Drawing on three themes and titles from Barbara Bullocks' artwork, this program features the human voice singing texts that amplify or comment on titles of various artworks. The first theme,  "Stories my Grandmother Told Me," is a collection of works including Nigerian folksongs, songs about intergenerational connectedness and community, and texts drawn from Pennsylvania Dutch samplers. The second theme, "Most Precious Blood," features music that speaks to police violence towards Black men as well as the Christian concept of the sacredness of Jesus's blood. Finally, in "Spirit House", we explore themes of the afterlife, spirits, ancestors, and housing security. 

The choir at St. Thomas, Whitemarsh consists of trained choral singers and volunteers who love singing. They have an equal commitment to musical excellence and caring community, and we believe that those two concepts reinforce each other. They sing a wide spectrum of music: ninth century chants to works composed this year; music from the Black Church tradition and music from English cathedrals, and everything in between. The choir was recently invited to sing at St. Thomas' Fifth Avenue in NYC.


Marja Kaisla and Friends: Piano Trio, An Evening of Beethoven and Dvorak
Friday, January 19 | 6:00 pm
$25 ($15 members)
Musicians: Marja Kaisla, piano; Paul Arnold, violin; Ovidiu Marinescu, cello

Finnish American virtuoso pianist Marja Kaisla returns to Woodmere Art Museum with two back to back concerts on January 19 and 20, 2024. 

On Friday, Ms. Kaisla and chamber partners, violinist, Paul Arnold, and cellist Ovidiu Marinescu perform Ludwig van Beethoven's exhilarating "Piano Trio E flat Major op.1#1," first performed in 1795 in the house of Prince Lichnowsky, to whom it is dedicated.  The program continues with the trio performing one of Antonin Dvořák's best-known compositions, “Dumky” Trio, an emotionally compelling work. 

Born in Helsinki, Finland, Marja Kaisla is an avid chamber musician, recitalist and orchestra soloist who has performed extensively in Europe and the United States, having had her Carnegie Hall debut in 2005. Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Kaisla co-founded the Philadelphia Foundation for World Music and Arts, an advocacy organization promoting the arts and social harmony.

Marja Kaisla and Friends: The Music of Schumann
Saturday, January 20 | 6:00 pm
$25 ($15 members)
Musicians: Marja Kaisla, piano; Randall Scarlata, baritone

The second night of "Marja Kaisla and Friends" features the music of Robert Schumann.  Ms. Kaisla will collaborate with baritone Randall Scarlata, who received a Grammy award for his recording of Schubert a few years ago, to perform the gorgeous song cycle, Schumann's "Dichterliebe", ("A Poet's Love"). Ms. Kaisla will continue the program with the lightness and grace of Schumann's "Arabesque" and the passionate "Fantasie op.17."

Born in Helsinki, Finland, Kaisla is an avid chamber musician, recitalist and orchestra soloist who has performed extensively in Europe and the United States, having had her Carnegie Hall debut in 2005.