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. on the day of the performance. No advance reservations. All parties must be present to purchase a ticket. 

Limited parking is available at the Museum. 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.

Chicken Bone Beach . . . The Black Music Experience in Atlantic City!

September 30

Atlantic City was once the place to catch celebrated performers like Pearl Bailey, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr., and Billy Eckstine, who seemed to convey the very essence of black culture. Back then there were no casinos and there was not much integration, but there was plenty of good, soulful music. Join the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble and

return to the heyday of black nightlife in Atlantic City. Chicken Bone Beach music for everybody!

 

Nina Simone—High Priestess of Soul

October 7

Nina Simone was one of our most prolific and dynamic singers. Explore her legacy with vocalist Suzanne Burgess as she performs classic Simone songs like “Four Women” and “I Loves You Porgy.”

 

Ladies of Motown Meet Ladies of Memphis

October 14

Motown had a sound all its own, as did the Memphis Soul Stew. The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble brings together—both musically and culturally—the ladies who championed each of these significant musical styles. Plenty of surprises are in store.

 

What If . . . Miles Davis and Chet Baker

October 21

Amid accusations of favoritism and a racist music business, trumpeters Miles Davis and Chet Baker had no love for each other. But both felt the pull of jazz and couldn’t have stopped the music if they had wanted to. What would it have been like if they had shared the same stage at the same time? Find out with two dynamic Philadelphia musicians: Will Wright and Josh Lawrence. Enjoy a night of good jazz and a coming together of ideas.

 

Lionel Hampton—Breaking Barriers

November 4

Pay tribute to one of the great innovators and bandleaders in jazz music. A talented drummer and an early master of the vibraphone, Lionel Hampton also became a pioneer of racial progress when he joined one of the first integrated jazz bands—the world famous Benny Goodman Quartet. You will hear some of his best-known tunes, including “Flying Home,” “One O’clock Jump,” and “Stompin’ at the Savoy.”

 

Lee Morgan and Benny Golson—Two Horns, Many Sounds

November 11

Trumpeter Lee Morgan and saxophonist Benny Golson helped redefine jazz music. Morgan added some funk to the jazz swing in songs like “The Sidewinder” and “Cornbread,” while Golson moved the genre to the TV screen with his scores for The Mod Squad, Room 222, and Mannix, in addition to writing popular songs such as “Killer Joe.” Explore their work in this ongoing series celebrating the jazz giants of Philadelphia.

 

It Don’t Mean a Thing Unless Duke and

Ella Swing

November 18

Two jazz icons put some swing in our step as we snap our fingers, tap our feet, and move our hips to classics like “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Satin Doll,” “How High the Moon,” and “A-Tisket, A-Tasket.” Pianist Adam Faulk and vocalist Suzanne Burgess, accompanied by the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, do the honors of interpreting the music of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald.

 

Ragtime to Our Time

December 2

Ragtime has had an indelible impact on decades of jazz thanks to brilliant composers like Scott Joplin and others who put new twists on the older genre, including Jelly Roll Morton, James Johnson, and Fats Waller. Pianist Adam Faulk guides us through the growth of jazz as it exploded from the cradle

of ragtime and came to walk upright with a

stride all its own.

 

Ornette Coleman and the Future History of Jazz

December 9

Jazz is an ever-evolving, moving, and searching style of music that sometimes defies description. Ornette Coleman was a saxophonist and innovator of “free jazz,” an improvisational approach whose lasting impact on the genre is now history. Saxophonist Julian Pressley takes on some of Coleman’s classic compositions—“Lonely Woman,” “The Shape of Jazz to Come,” and more.

 

Holiday Sings the Holidays

December 16

Spend the holidays with the sounds of Miss Billie Holiday. Michal Beckham evokes the celebrated vocalist as she sings seasonal favorites “Let It Snow,” “We Three Kings,” “The Christmas Song,” and more.

 

CLASSICAL SATURDAYS | 5:00-7:00 p.m.

A Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.

Saturday, January 14, 2017, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Soprano Valerie Gay features works by African American composers who were inspired by the words and actions of Martin Luther King Jr. in this recital dedicated to his memory and legacy. She is accompanied by a harpist, pianist, and guitar player. In addition to her career as a singer, Ms. Gay is the executive director of Art Sanctuary, a premier arts organization in Philadelphia.