Music at Woodmere
Celebrate music at Woodmere with Friday Night Jazz and Classical Saturdays. With exceptional performers, an acoustically astounding space, and amazing works of art, the concert experience at the Museum is like no other.
Tickets are available for purchase at the door, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the performance. No advance reservations. All parties must be present to purchase a ticket.
Due to construction, we are very limited on parking. If you are attending one of our concerts, we are encouraging you to carpool. Thank you and we apologize for any inconvenience. Please do not park on Bells Mill Road. Food and drinks are allowed only in the galleries in the historic section of the Museum.
$22 ($12 members)
WRTI is a partner for Music at Woodmere. Friday Night Jazz is offered in partnership with LifeLine Music Coalition.
FRIDAY NIGHT JAZZ | 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Music to Love With: Romantic Jazz
Romance loves music, and music loves to be a part of romance. Join us as we marry these two natural partners in classic songs like “My Romance,” “I Love You,” “At Last,” and many more. Vocalists Suzanne Burgess and Michael Andrews bring the songs to life in a jazzy and romantic way. It’s time to hear the love!
Eddie Lang: Welcome to the Jazz Guitar
Philadelphia’s own Eddie Lang is called the father of the jazz guitar, with sounds more suited for the swing and rhythms of jazz music. Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble guitarist Frank Butrey explores the style and impact of Eddie Lang with songs like “Georgia on My Mind,” “Stringin’ the Blues,” and more.
Sweethearts of Rhythm
A tribute concert to the Sweethearts of Rhythm, the first interracial women’s swing band, which broke racial barriers and performed throughout the United States in the 1930s and 1940s, and toured Europe during World War II. The group generated excitement wherever they went. In conjunction with The Storybook Magic of Jerry Pinkney.
Saucy and Sassy: Sarah Vaughan and Eartha Kitt
Vocalists Suzanne Burgess and Jackie Greggs bring us the music of two divas, one a classic jazz singer, the other a sultry siren who melted hearts everywhere. Be entertained, seduced, and serenaded with songs like “Misty,” “Fever,” “ My Funny Valentine,” “The Touch,” “I Remember You,” and more.
The Real Smooth Jazz: John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman
These two musical icons epitomize mellow, contemplative jazz. Saxophonist John Coltrane defied critics who said he could only play “loud and angry” by delivering silky, velvety notes to complement Johnny Hartman’s rich baritone. Join us for classics like “My One and Only Love,” “Dedicated to You,” “In a Sentimental Mood,” and others featuring vocalist Michael Andrews and Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble saxophonist Umar Raheem.
What’s Still Going On? Marvin Gaye
In 1970, Marvin Gaye asked a question that resonates today: “What’s Goin’ On?” The Motown man who sang his way into so many hearts and onto so many dance floors is featured as we explore the power and influence of his music and his message. Vocalist El Barak brings Gaye’s repertoire to life, from early songs like “How Sweet It Is” to his socially conscious “Mercy, Mercy Me.”
Jazzical: A Courageous Musical Exchange
Come explore the possibilities when classical meets jazz: Miles and Mozart, Coltrane and Chopin. Harpist Gloria Galante and a classical pianist join the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble in a performance featuring music by Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner, and Ahmad Jamal, including “’Round Midnight,” “Mr. PC,” “Blue Monk,” and others.
Jazz Piano: Play It Again Sam
Pianists Jeff Knoettner and Adam Faulk offer their interpretations of some of the great jazz piano players: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Fats Waller, Nat King Cole, Thelonious Monk, and others with songs like “Sweet Lorraine,” “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Take Five,” “’Round Midnight,” and more jazz classics.
The lights of New York’s famed theater district always shine a little brighter when they put the jazz on stage. Vocals, dance, and swinging music will be a part of this tribute to the sound that made—and make—Broadway the jazziest street in New York. Join us for music from Ain’t Misbehavin’, Sophisticated Ladies, The Wiz, and more.
CLASSICAL SATURDAYS | 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Tempesta di Mare: Telemanns’ Solo Fantasias
February 4, 2017
Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra Tempesta di Mare’s principal players, Gwyn Roberts, (flute), Emlyn Ngai (violin), and Lisa Terry, (viola da gamba), perform from Georg Philipp Telemann’s Solo Fantasias for flute, violin, and viola da gamba. Telemann’s musical imagination and inventiveness in each fantasia is astonishing, at times depicting moods of joy, brilliance, passion, pride, seriousness, coldness, serenity, tenderness, and charm as well as rustic and courtly dancing. Musicians will perform from multiple places within Woodmere’s grand rotunda gallery allowing the music and artwork to engage with one other from unexpected viewpoints.
Daniel Hsu, pianist
March 18, 2017
Daniel Hsu is known for his expressive edge in playing the piano. He was the 2016 winner of the prestigious Gilmore Young Artist Award. Hsu has performed with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the Freemont Symphony Orchestra, the Golden Gate Philharmonic, and the El Camino Youth Symphony, among many others.
April 8, 2017
Opera North’s exceptional vocal soloists engage art and music lovers alike with arias, duets, and American song in response to the exhibition A More Perfect Union? Power, Sex, and Race in the Representation of Couples. For over forty years, Opera North has demonstrated new and exciting possibilities for combining history, music, storytelling, and performance.
April 15, 2017
Described as “one of the finest chamber ensembles of their generation,” the Neave Trio—Anna Williams (violin), Eri Nakamura
(piano), and Mikhail Veselov (cello)—bring their bright and radiant music to Woodmere. Trio members hail from the United States, Japan, and Russia.