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 can not 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.


Philadelphia United Jazz Festival Preview: The Sam Reed Quartet
Monday, September 4, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Philadelphia saxophonist and music icon Sam Reed performs pure jazz at Woodmere in a preview performance of the Fifth Annual Philadelphia United Jazz Festival. The legendary bandleader at Philadelphia’s historic Uptown Theater, Reed has worked with renowned musicians McCoy Tyner, Bobby Timmons, and others, and is an integral part of the city’s jazz scene. The festival will be held on Saturday, September 16. Visit for more information.

Classic Jazz Divas: Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Gloria Lynn, and Peggy Lee
October 6

Kick off the fall jazz season with a tribute to the legendary Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Gloria Lynn, and Peggy Lee. These women put their own stamp on the jazz sound, singing stories that make us take note. We’ll listen closely and tap our feet to life’s rhythms with tunes such as “Misty,” “My Funny Valentine,” “I Wish You Love,” and “Fever.”

The Female Side of Jazz Composing
October 13

This program will bring to life the contributions of women jazz composers and musicians who wrote the rhythmic sounds we love to swing to. Enjoy the wonderful lyrics of Dorothy Fields’s “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” Ann Ronell’s classic “Willow Weep for Me,” and many more


Gershwin and Monk: Two Styles, One Mission
October 20

The compositions and musicianship of George Gershwin and Thelonious Monk have long been mainstays of jazz. Many of Gershwin’s songs, such as “Summertime,” “The Man I Love,” and “Rhapsody In Blue” became timeless classics. Monk’s compositions “Round Midnight,” “Blue Monk,” and “Well, You Needn’t” were always challenging yet accessible. Together these artists created sounds that will last forever in our hearts.

Franklin and Turner: Power and Soul
October 27

Join us as we celebrate the strength and beauty of Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner, two icons of soul music. They’ll help us understand the meaning of “Respect” and find out the answer to “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” Lisa Chavous and Suzanne Burgess present the music of these two great singers with honesty and passion.

Louie and Lil Armstrong and the History of Jazz
November 3

The birth of jazz and all its offshoots is due in large part to Louie Armstrong. Armstrong’s guiding light was his wife, Lil Hardin Armstrong, a pianist, composer, arranger, and bandleader and one of the most prominent women in early jazz. We’ll relive some of those great jazz moments with Trumpeter Tony Smith and tunes by this innovative couple, including “West End Blues,” “Blue Turning Gray,” “Struttin’ with Some Barbecue,” and “Just for a Thrill.”

Charles Mingus: The Bass that Resonates
November 10

The essence of Charles Mingus can be felt in the fabric of his music. His strong bass lines matched his fierce determination to be respected as a man and an artist. The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble will perform his classic compositions - “Goodbye Porkpie Hat”, “Haitian Fight Song”, “Nostalgia In Times Square” and other songs he made popular.

Josephine Baker and Eubie Blake: Roaring 20s Thunder
November 17

Josephine Baker was considered a “black goddess” and took Paris by storm. US audiences loved Eubie Blake’s ragtime piano playing and compositions for American musicals. Both lived in times of extreme racial prejudice and surmounted obstacles that kept so many from realizing goals and dreams. Join us as we celebrate the music of these great artists with Blake’s famous “I’m Just Wild About Harry” and “The Charleston Rag” and Baker’s “Don’t Touch My Tomatoes” and “Besame Mucho.”

Lester Young and Hoagy Carmichael: Music that Stirs the Soul
December 1

Saxophonist Lester Young was called “Prez” by Billie Holiday because she felt his playing stood above all others, including his jazz classic “Lester Leaps In.” Considered a composer ahead of his time, Hoagy Carmichael wrote songs like “Skylark,” “Georgia on My Mind,” and “Stardust” that remain integral to the American songbook decades later. When Young played Carmichael’s songs—magic was made! Join Umar Raheem and Jeff Knoettner for a night of music that touches the soul and stirs fond memories.

Billy Eckstine: A Jazz Vocal Legend
December 8

Smooth, resonant vocals propelled Billy Eckstine into many directions in the jazz arena. Besides his rich baritone, he was a big band leader and a champion for civil rights for African American jazz musicians. We’ll explore his vocal style with tunes like “The Very Thought of You,” “As Time Goes By,” “I Want to Talk about You,” and others.

Motown for the Holidays
December 15

The Temptations, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, and other great Motown artists lent their unique sound to the magic of the holidays. Enjoy a festive night with the unmistakable Motown sound of “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Rudolph,” and other holiday classics.




Eyes and Ears: Exploring the Intersection of Art and Music
Ages 8–12
Saturday, November 4, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Musicians: Tim Petrin, cello; Natalia Kazaryan, piano
Suggested donation: $10/child; parents complimentary

How do inspiration and imagination spark creativity? How does your culture impact your art? What have you always wanted to ask a musician or artist? 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. Refreshments will follow.

ASTRAL ARTISTS PRESENTS Groundbreaking Female Composers
November 11

Hailed by the New York Sun for “her prodigious ability,” Natalia Kazaryan will perform works by groundbreaking female composers of the past three centuries: Clara Schumann, a distinguished pianist of the Romantic era; Amy Beach, the first American concert pianist; Lili Boulanger, the first female winner of the Prix de Rome composition prize; and Emma Lou Diemer, a keyboardist whose music combines nontraditional elements. Like Violet Oakley, these composers paved the way for future generations of women in their craft.

Prometheus Chamber Orchestra: Barber, Ravel, and Strauss
December 2

This performance by members of the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra will complement the exhibition A Grand Vision. The program features Samuel Barber’s powerful Adagio for Strings, Richard Strauss’s sumptuous Capriccio, and Maurice Ravel’s beautiful String Quartet (Movement 1). Prometheus Chamber Orchestra is in residence at the Church of the Advocate.