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June 27th, 2002
Museum Announces New Season of Friday Evenings Presenting Top Jazz Musicians in an Incomparable Setting

From July 5, 2002 through December 27, 2002, the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers a new season of Friday Evenings with extended hours until 8:45 p.m. that provide visitors additional time to enjoy the galleries plus jazz, light fare, and cocktails in the Great Stair Hall.

"We’re delighted to welcome visitors to our first summer and full fall schedule of Friday Evenings. Since we kicked off Friday Evenings in January, we’ve been thrilled that so many people have enjoyed the mix of art and jazz, and we have an exciting season ahead," said Gail Harrity, Chief Operating Officer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Internationally acclaimed jazz musicians and local favorites perform Fridays from 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. and 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. in the Great Stair Hall, free with Museum admission. Among the highlights this season:

  • After myriad trips to South America to study, perform, and record with top Brazilian jazz musicians, New York jazz pianist Cliff Korman presents his own Brazilian Tinge Quintet, demonstrating choro, an improvisational musical style that integrates polka, waltz, and tango (July 12).
  • With nearly 20 years experience leading ensembles on tour from Mount Fuji to Lincoln Center, Havana-born pianist, composer, and bandleader Gonzalo Rubalcaba continues to introduce new audiences to his blend of Cuban music, swing, bebop, and jazz (August 9).
  • Born in Curaçao, vocalist Izaline Calister interprets traditional Antillean and Afro-Caribbean songs backed by the percussive rhythms of her homeland (September 13).
  • The Bill Charlap Trio features Bill Charlap on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums. The Washington Post recently described Charlap’s performance as "deeply felt, dynamically sensitive meditations" with "prodigious technique" (October 18).
  • Rebecca Parris, a husky-voiced alto from Boston, has sung with an impressive list of greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, and Diana Krall (November 22).
  • He’s only 26 years old, but Philadelphia native Orrin Evans plays the piano with such precision and force that The New York Times already hails him an "artist with an impressive template of ideas at his command" (December 27).

All 200 of the Museum’s galleries are open for Friday Evenings with guided tours at 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. that focus on different aspects of the collection and exhibitions, among them, the nationally touring documentary exhibition Indivisible: Stories of American Community that features North Philadelphia’s Village of Arts and Humanities (August 10 – October 6), and Munakata Shikō: Japanese Master of the Modern Print that surveys the contributions of one of Japan’s most renowned artists of the 20th century (July 27 – November 10).

The Museum Restaurant is open for Friday Evenings (last reservation at 7:30 p.m.). In addition, a full cash bar and an à la carte menu of appetizers, light entrées, and desserts is available with table service in the Great Stair Hall.

Support for Friday Evenings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art has been provided by The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindbach Foundation. The piano is courtesy of Cunningham Piano Company and Factory. For more information about Friday Evenings call the Museum at (215) 685-7506 or visit our website at www.philamuseum.org.

Hours:
Closed Mondays and holidays
Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday evenings until 8:45 p.m.

Admission:
$10 for adults; $7 for students with I.D., children 13-18, and senior citizens (62 and over); children 12 years old and younger are admitted free at all times. Pay what you wish on Sundays, all day, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Parking on the terrace level outside the Museum is free on Fridays.

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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