Music at Woodmere

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 for jazz and 3:30 p.m for classical on the day of the performance. No advance reservations. All parties must be present to purchase a ticket. Guests cannot purchase a ticket and leave museum grounds. Seating is first-come, first served.

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.

Glenmede is a generous supporter of Music at Woodmere.


FRIDAY NIGHT JAZZ | 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Harold Arlen: The Wizardry Behind the Music
February 23

The winter season at Woodmere opens with songs by the great composer Harold Arlen that will take you "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," make you "Get Happy," and feel you've "Got the World on a String." Vocalist Jean Lenke will bring to life Arlen's "Old Black Magic" and more.

Bessie Smith and Etta James: Queens of the Blues 
March 2

Celebrate Women's History Month with vocalists Suzanne Burgess and Sherry Butler as they pay tribute to these queens of the blues.

Shirley Scott and Stanley Turrentine: Philly's Jazz Organ Meets Pittsburgh's Sax Titan
March 9

Philadelphia is the "Home of the Jazz Organ" because of artists like Shirley Scott, who took the B-3 organ to new heights. Organist Rich Budesa swings classic tunes "Sugar," "Don't Mess with Mister T," and more with Umar Raheem's saxophone stylings of Stanley Turrentine, Scott's husband. Featuring guest drummer: Duck Scott, Scott's son.

Patsy Cline: In The Jazz Country
March 16

Vocalist Kristen Callahan beautifully captures Patsy's Cline's deep country blues with stories of heartbreak that touch the soul from "Crazy," to "I Fall to Pieces" and more.

Donna Summer and Friends/ Re-DISCO-ver Dance
March 23

Join the exciting vocalist Lisa Chavous as she takes us back to the days of disco's exotic moves with some "Friday Night Fever" and songs that make us stay on the dance floor all night such as "Bad Girls," "Last Dance," "Don't Leave Me This Way," and more.

Old Tunes Made New
April 6

Join us for a musical exchange between generations.  Samples of tunes by jazz innovators of the 1960's, 70's, and 80's have been incorporated into new compositions by contemporary performers such as Jay-Z and Puff Daddy. Discover the origins of these samples in classics including Nina Simon's "Four Women," trumpeter Herb Alpert's "Rise," and more.

George Benson: Smooth Breezin' on Guitar
April 13

Guitarist Rich Tucker takes us to the heart of smooth jazz with the music of one of the great jazz guitarists, George Benson. Songs like "Breezin," "Moody's Mood for Love," "Rainy Night in Georgia," and "The Greatest" helped to widen the jazz audience and create a sound that delivers exciting tranquility.



Music Through the Looking Glass: Exploring the Intersection of Art and Music 
Ages 4 and up 
Saturday, March 3, 3:00–4:00 p.m. 
Musicians: Chrystal E. Williams, mezzo-soprano; Andrew Hauze, piano 
Suggested donation: $10/child; parents complimentary 

Children will discover the connections between music and art with this interactive program of performances and demonstrations, and create their own work of art inspired by music. Musical selections will be inspired by the exhibition Charles Santore: Art and Storytelling. Refreshments will follow. 

Tempesta di Mare: Harpsichordist Adam Pearl performs Bach’s Goldberg Variations 
Saturday, March 17, 5:00 p.m. 
$22 ($12 members) 

Johann Sebastian Bach’s famed “Goldberg Variations”—thirty remarkable interpretations of a single aria—get a fresh perspective from harpsichordist Adam Pearl. Pearl is a much sought-after performer of both solo and ensemble music and has been principal harpsichordist for Tempesta di Mare since 2005. 

Astral Artists Present Pianist Ronaldo Rolim 
Saturday, March 24, 5:00 p.m. 
$22 ($12 members) 

As part of the international celebration of the 150th birthday of Spanish composer Enrique Granados, Ronaldo Rolim performs his Goyescas, inspired by the beauty and tragedy of paintings by Francisco Goya. Acclaimed for his “consummate elegance,” Rolim has performed at Carnegie Hall, Zurich’s Tonhalle, London’s Wigmore Hall, and other renowned venues. 

Leonard Bernstein: A Celebration of Life and Music 
Saturday, April 7, 5:00 p.m. 
Musicians: Paul Spencer Adkins, tenor; Corbin Abernathy, tenor​; Julie van de Grift, soprano; Sharon Sigal, mezzo-soprano; and Samuel Heifetz, piano
$22 ($12 members) 

The year 2018 marks the centennial celebration of the music, wit, passion, activism, and life of Leonard Bernstein. Woodmere joins the celebration with an evening of selected compositions and music chosen for their timeliness and relevance, including West Side Story, Candide, Trouble in Tahiti, Peter Pan, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and segments of the piano work Four Sabras.