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February 12th, 2005
Art After Five Celebrates Salvador Dalí with Two Special Friday Evening Performances

In conjunction with the major retrospective Salvador Dalí, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present two special Friday Evening performances. The Museum stays open late every Friday evening, presenting a program of Art After Five, with music, dance, food and drinks in the Great Stair Hall in addition to the experience of 200 galleries housing a vast collection of art from around the world.

On Friday, April 1, the Museum and Arts in Motion present Surreal Art in Motion: A Multimedia Tribute to Dalí. This multimedia concert performance integrates contemporary compositions in the classical tradition with visual elements of Dalí’s work, poetry by his contemporaries and friends like Federico Garcia Lorca, and audience-driven improvisation featuring interactive technology. The performance features new works by violinist Gloria Justen collaborating with electronic musician Tim Motzer. Additional works to include compositions by Arts in Motion founder Eric Haeker in collaboration with DJ Ben Camp. Surreal visuals provided by video artist Ricardo Rivera will transform the walls of the Great Stair Hall into a dynamic canvas featuring a morphing collage of Dalí’s imagery.

On Friday, May 6, the Museum presents a concert performance by Marta Topferova. Born and raised in Prague and now living in the U.S., Topferova’s love and dedication to Latin American music as well as the folklore of Czechoslovakia, makes her a unique artist who sings in both Czech and Spanish. She is known for her beautifully wrought original ballads caressed by acoustic guitar, gentle percussion, and baroque string-and-horn arrangements.

Performances are presented in two sets—5:45 – 6:45 p.m. and 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. 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. Admission is $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.

To receive more information about Art After Five at the Philadelphia Museum of Art call (215) 763-8100 or visit www.philamuseum.org. To receive a free brochure, call (215) 684-7506. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays until 8:45 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission prices: $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. Parking on the terrace level outside the Museum is free Monday through Friday.

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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