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February 24th, 2011
Art After 5 Presents a Spring Season of Jazz and Opera, Fashion and Dance, and Art-inspired Music

Season kicks off with Project Runway fashion competition on April 1.

On April 1, the Philadelphia Museum of Art begins its Spring 2011 season of Art After 5, the Friday-night concert series that presents award-winning artists and engaging events in the Great Stair Hall and invites guests to combine the experience of the performance with art in the galleries. Every Friday, the Museum’s culinary team of STARR Events also prepares specialty cocktails, appetizers, and small plates inspired by the flavors, spices, and styles to complement the international flavor of the performance lineup.

With its own burgeoning Fashion Week and a host of budding designers and students, Philadelphia’s fashion scene is coming into its own. On April 1, Art After 5 goes haute couture with its very own Project Runway as Philly fashion students create clothing inspired by Roberto Capucci: Art Into Fashion, which will be on view at the Museum (March 16 – June 5, 2011). Pennsylvania native, inaugural Project Runway winner, and Philadelphia resident Jay McCarroll joins the chic evening of fashion art as a special guest judge. The evening event will be hosted by NBC10 anchor Lu Ann Cahn.

In conjunction with the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), the Miro Dance Theatre on April 8 previews a radical reimagining of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella which originally premiered in Paris on May 15, 1920. Miro’s rendition of Stravinsky’s pivotal work, PUNCH, intersects contemporary dance, video, and visual art. The program ties into PIFA’s theme of “Paris 1910-1920” encompassing the genius of Stravinsky and such artists as Picasso, Matisse, and Chagall, and complements the Museum’s exhibition Paris Through the Window: Marc Chagall and His Circle (March 1- July 11), including around 70 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper.

Among the other season highlights: A dose of cross-dressing, vocal talent, and witty banter by Martha Graham Cracker, Philadelphia’s unmatched queen of drag cabaret (April 22) and Vicious World, a seven piece ensemble blending classical and jazz into acoustic renditions of Rufus Wainwright’s music (May 6). Celebrate the legacy of late Philadelphia Museum of Art Director and CEO Anne d’Harnoncourt on May 20 and May 27 as musicians and composers Joe Lovano and Chris Potter perform new compositions inspired by Ellsworth Kelly’s painting Seine (1951), which was the first acquisition made in her memory through the Anne d’Harnoncourt Memorial Fund for Art Acquisitions. On June 14, Art After 5 presents 18 year-old saxophonist and composer Grace Kelly who has performed worldwide and recorded with the likes of Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Boston Pops, and Harry Connick, Jr.

Following is the complete schedule of the ART AFTER 5 Spring 2011 lineup:*
(*press interviews and photos available upon request)

April 1
Project Runway: Capucci
Take a front row seat by the catwalk to see the debut of clothing inspired by Italian designer Roberto Capucci. Fashion students will unveil their creations and compete for fabulous prizes during a Project Runway-inspired fashion show. Guest judges include Jay McCarroll, season one winner of Project Runway. Hosted by NBC10 anchor Lu Ann Cahn. Roberto Capucci: Art Into Fashion will be on view at the Museum March 16 – June 5, 2011.

April 8
Miro Dance Theatre
As part of Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, inspired by the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia's Miro Dance Theatre will preview Punch, a bawdy and comic reimagining of Russian composer Igor Stravinsky's ballet, Pulcinella. Miro will also present Already Seen, which premiered at the 2010 Filament Festival at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy, New York. The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will place Philadelphia's cultural scene onto the world stage with its festival offering performances, exhibitions, and events extending from April 7–May 1, 2011. During the festival, the Museum will present Paris Through the Window: Marc Chagall and His Circle (March 1 - July 10, 2011) in the Perelman Building.

April 15
Rebecca Coupe Franks
The talented Rebecca Coupe Franks is a Californian trumpeter and composer who has played with musicians such as Joe Henderson, Javon Jackson, Ben Riley, Herb Ellis, as well as Bill Cosby. A leading innovator, her jazz compositions have won acclaim in the international John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She has also written music for popular television shows such as “Melrose Place” and “Law and Order.”

April 22
Martha Graham Cracker
Supreme queen of Philadelphia drag cabaret Martha Graham Cracker brings her hilariously campy cultural commentary to the Museum. The diva's vocal range is matched only by her witty banter. Martha will perform with her trusty and talented accompanist Victor Fiorillo.

April 29
Philadelphia Freedom Jazz Orchestra
Conducted by upright bassist and composer Warren Oree of the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, the Philadelphia Freedom Jazz Orchestra consists of 16 innovative and adventurous local jazz musicians. The orchestra will perform Oree's original compositions, with each musician bringing their own voice and style to the pieces.

May 6
Vicious World
Blending elements drawn from classical music and jazz, this ensemble performs acoustic arrangements of singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright's compositions, combining saxophone, clarinet, flute, trombone, guitar, bass, drums, violin, and cello.

May 13
Art After 5 and WXPN Welcomes Dutch
Kevin Baldwin, from the hip-hop group Jedi Mind Tricks, and vocalist-lyricist Liz Fullerton are Dutch. This Philadelphia–based duo combines touches of jazz, hip-hop, and orchestral undertones. Their 2010 album, A Bright Cold Day, fully embodies these elements and has sparked comparisons to Portishead, Cat Power, and Aimee Mann. This event is sponsored by the Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

May 20 and May 27
This program, including commissioning and presentation, is made possible by a grant from the Philadelphia Music Project, a program of the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, administered by the University of the Arts.
The legacy of Anne d'Harnoncourt, late Philadelphia Museum of Art Director and CEO is celebrated through art and music. Two commissions offer new interpretations of visual art while creating opportunities for exchange between two of today's leading jazz musicians. World-renowned and critically acclaimed saxophonist-composers Joe Lovano (May 20) and Chris Potter (May 27) will premiere their new compositions, both inspired by Ellsworth Kelly's early painting Seine (1951), the first work acquired for the Museum through the Anne d’Harnoncourt Memorial Fund for Art Acquisitions.

June 3
French and Italian Opera Night
Opera meets cabaret in this night of lively, informal performances by vocalists from one of Philadelphia's most exciting and critically acclaimed performing arts groups, the Center City Opera Theater. Performers will be stationed throughout the Great Stair Hall, interspersed with the crowd so the audience will find singers appearing from unexpected places.

June 10
Morton Feldman's “Three Voices” by Joan La Barbara
Vocalist Joan La Barbara will perform "Three Voices," Morton Feldman's composition for one voice and two prerecorded voices based on the text of a Frank O'Hara poem. Feldman is one of the most influential composers of the last half century; music critic Kyle Gann remarks that "in the current Babel of musical styles, [he] is almost the only composer whose music appeals across stylistic boundaries . . ."

June 17
Ladies of Cool
Jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins pays tribute to singers Anita O'Day, June Christy, Julie London, and Chris Connor. The performance will also include anecdotes from the rich and colorful lives of these "Ladies."

June 24
Grace Kelly
Alto saxophonist Grace Kelly has performed with notable musicians including Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, and Harry Connick, Jr., as well as at notable venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Newport Jazz Festival, and the Kennedy Center. Marsalis notes that the eighteen-year-old "has a great amount of natural ability and the ability to adapt. That is the hallmark of a first-class jazz musician."

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