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October 16th, 2009
Art After 5 Presents A Diverse Slate of Jazz and World Music Performers This Fall


From the traditional to the very contemporary, a range of musical experiences await at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as leading performers in jazz and international music take the to stage Friday nights in the Museum’s Great Stair Hall. Each Friday evening the space is transformed into a lively concert hall, with table service, cocktails, elegant café-style appetizers, and desserts. Highlights of the fall 2009 season include a Day of the Dead dance party on October 30, with Brooklyn-based party band Cumbiagra playing the classic cumbias of Colombia and Mexico. Also this autumn, in conjunction with the exhibition Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective (October 21, 2009–January 10, 2010), which celebrates the achievements and influence of the Armenian-born artist who transformed 20th-century American art, the program will present two evenings of Armenian-influenced music: on Friday, November 6, jazz pianist and composer Armen Donelian offers jazz interpretations of Armenian folk songs; and on Friday, December 4, Richard Hagopian and his band will perform with traditional instruments dating back to the 16th century.

Beginning in October patrons can also sample the winter martini bar menu, which will include such delectable seasonal flavors as the Pecan Pie Martini, Spiced Pear Martini and Peanut Butter Cup Martini.

Art After 5 showcases an eclectic mix of international music and dance performers on the first Friday of each month. Recognized and emerging jazz artists perform on all other Fridays. The fall 2009 Art After 5 lineup is as follows:

October 23: Federico Aubele
Inspired by the classic and passionate sounds of bolero and Argentinean tango, Aubele infuses his distinctive Spanish guitar sound with sultry vocals and subtle electronic beats to create a unique collage of intimate love songs.

October 30: Day of the Dead dance party
Celebrate Halloween and the Day of the Dead with Brooklyn-based Cumbiagra, who will play the classic cumbias of Colombia and Mexico. The special evening also includes spooky art tours, costume contests, face painting, and tarot card readings.

November 6: Armen Donelian
Jazz pianist and composer Armen Donelian presents an evening of music inspired by the Armenian experience and culture. Donelian will perform original compositions and jazz interpretations of Armenian folk songs with bassist David Clark and drummer George Schuller.

November 13: Jon Dichter with Stephane Wrembel & the Underwoods
Guitarist and vocalist Jon Dichter, French guitarist Stephane Wrembel, and Philadelphia’s Underwood Family visit the Great Stair Hall for a night of Gypsy heat and Philly beat.

November 20: Warren Oree
Led by Warren Oree, some of the city’s most popular band leaders come together as one unified jazz ensemble to create a musical collage that reflects the Philly jazz sound.

November 27: Luba Mason
Broadway/recording artist (and wife of Latin superstar Rubén Blades) Luba Mason is blessed with “a celestial voice” (Los Angeles Times). She mixes Latin and jazz rhythms with the raw emotionality of folk and pop on he latest recording, Krazy Love.

December 4: Richard Hagopian
Richard Hagopian leads a concert of Armenian music, including folk songs from Gorky’s birth village, Khorkom. He and his band will perform on instruments that date back to the 16th century: Hagopian on oud (Middle Eastern fretless lute), Harold Hagopian on kanun (ancient seventy-six stringed harp), and Paul Aljian on dap (traditional handheld percussion).

December 11: Afro Bop Alliance Featuring Dave Samuels
Combining jazz with Afro-Cuban music, Afro Bop Alliance offers enticing grooves and exciting improvisation. Appearing with them is Dave Samuels, widely acknowledged as the top mallet player of his generation. Their last collaboration, Caribbean Jazz Project– Afro Bop Alliance Featuring Dave Samuels, won a Latin Grammy Award.

December 18: Tim Warfield
Saxophonist Tim Warfield has been praised by The New York Times and has performed with such names as Christian McBride, Isaac Hayes, Orrin Evans, and others. This holiday concert features Philadelphia vocalist Joanna Pascale.

(*The Museum is closed December 25)

About Art After 5
Art After 5 offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy evening hours to explore the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s 200 galleries, housing a vast collection of art from around the world. The experience is enhanced each Friday by a program of music, dance, food, and drinks in the Great Stair Hall. Performances are presented in two sets: 5:45 – 6:45 p.m. and 7:15 – 8:15 p.m., with guided tours of the galleries offered throughout the evening. A full cash bar and à la carte menu of appetizers, light entrées and desserts is available with table service in the Great Stair Hall. Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens (62 and over); $12 for students with I.D. and children 13-18; children 12 years old and younger are admitted free at all times. Parking is available on the Museum’s terrace lot and in the parking garage, located on the west side of the main Museum building: $10 (members $8) for the first four hours, $2 for each additional hour.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Marketing and Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at (215) 684-7860. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100, or visit the Museum's website at www.philamuseum.org.

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