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August 28th, 2001
Museum Announces Weekend Concerts, 2001-2002

From October 2001 to May 2002, the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents internationally acclaimed musicians through three vibrant series of performances: Concerts on Fairmount, The Philadelphia Orchestra Connection: Musicians' Choice, and Music in the Galleries: The Curtis Institute of Music. Exploring the intrinsic connection between visual art and music, these concerts are often related to major exhibitions or to the Museum's permanent collection.

Concerts on Fairmount offers a roster of five performances by renowned jazz, opera, and classical musicians. The line-up includes Philadelphia-born Kenny Barron (December 2), premier jazz pianist and six time Grammy nominee, performing in conjunction with an exhibition of the works of the African American printmaker Dox Thrash, whose career was influenced by the great jazz era, and Monique McDonald (April 14), soprano, presenting an opera tribute to influential 20th-century painter and opera devotee Barnett Newman. Concerts on Fairmount exposes Museum visitors to winners of major piano competitions such as Stanislav Ioudenitch (November 4), Gold Medal Winner of the rigorous and reputable 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The concerts are held on select Sundays in the Van Pelt Auditorium at 2:30 p.m.

The Museum is delighted to collaborate for the fifth year with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The Philadelphia Orchestra Connection: Musicians' Choice is a series of three concerts that consist of pieces selected and performed by key members of the acclaimed Philadelphia Orchestra such as Roberto Diaz, Principal Viola, who will lead a number of his colleagues in "A Celebration of Brahms" (March 10). Adding to this unique opportunity to experience a world-renowned orchestra within the walls of the Museum, these prestigious musicians will often offer their own personal commentary and reflections. The Philadelphia Orchestra Connection: Musicians' Choice concerts are held on select Sundays in the Van Pelt Auditorium at 2:30 p.m.

The Museum also introduces exceptionally talented students of music to a wide audience through Music in the Galleries: The Curtis Institute of Music. Soloists, duos, and chamber ensembles present informal concerts--free with Museum admission--in designated galleries on the second Saturday of each month. Among the rising stars scheduled to perform this fall are Priscilla Lee, solo cellist (October 13), Donnie Deacon, violin and Marvin Moon, viola (November 10), and Adrian Morejon, harpsichord (December 8).

Single ticket prices for Concerts on Fairmount and The Philadelphia Orchestra Connection: Musicians' Choice are $10 members, $17 senior citizens and students with valid ID, and $20 nonmembers. All prices include Museum admission. Series tickets are also available. Call 215-235-SHOW (7469) for advance reservations, or purchase tickets at the Museum. Programs and artists are subject to change. These programs are not recommended for children under 7 years of age.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philadelphia's art museum. We are a landmark building. A world-renowned collection. A place that welcomes everyone. We bring the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study and creative play—to discover the spirit of imagination that lies in everyone. We connect people with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable. We are committed to inviting visitors to see the world—and themselves—anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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