The popular Art After 5 Friday evening series continues to offer live performances in the Great Stair Hall of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Some of them will celebrate upcoming exhibitions, while others will reflect a multiplicity of jazz styles and international music, contributing to a globally focused series.
On January 31, the spotlight will be on the music of international artist Michael Snow, whose photography-based work is the subject of his first exhibition in the United States in 40 years, Michael Snow: Photo-Centric. Snow will perform an improvisational, dual-piano concert with composer Thollem McDonas, a first-time-ever collaboration. On March 28, the K-Pop Dance Party + Fashion Show will feature a runway with student designs from the Art Institute of Philadelphia inspired by the concurrent exhibition Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910, followed by a Korean pop performance and party with the New York–based dance company I Love Dance, for which the Museum will be open extra late.
Classic and Contemporary Jazz
Other performances of the season showcase a range of jazz talents. Dandy Wellington and His Band will present Mood Indigo: A Harlem Renaissance Retrospective (February 7 ) with sounds of the 1920s and 1930s. Valentine’s Day will offer an opportunity to bring a date, or find one, at Love Lounge (February 14), when award-winning artist and poet Nina “Lyrispect” Ball presents soul music with classical interludes from pianist Dana Kristina-Joi Morgan and vocalists V. Shayne Frederick and Valerie Gay. Classic jazz vocalist Joanna Pascale will also perform (February 21); she’s described by Philadelphia Weekly as “stunning, sophisticated and extremely soulful.” Visitors can enjoy ambient jazz and good conversation at a Cocktail Party (March 7), featuring vibraphonist Tony Miceli. Jazz, soul, funk, and rock will all fuse in the performance of Mimi Jones and the Mimi Jones Band (March 14), while Mazel Tov Cocktail will offer original interpretations of jazz, swing, and soul standards from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, as well as contemporary rock and pop (March 21).
Among the highlights of the globally flavored performances this season is five-time Grammy nominee and Puerto Rican tenor saxophonist David Sánchez, who will bring his experience playing in Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra when he performs (February 28). The East Gipsy Band will take the stage with a unique blend of traditional Hungarian Roma music and jazz (January 17), and Zenia and the Natural Experience (January 24) will feature lead singer and Baltimore native Zenia, whose Barbados roots influence her powerful voice.
All performances are free after Museum admission and are from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. and 7:15 to 8:15 p.m., with the K-Pop Dance Party + Fashion Show (March 28) lasting until 9:45 p.m. Guided gallery tours are offered throughout the evening, and select galleries remain open until 8:45 p.m. Cocktails, wine, and beer as well as snacks and light supper options are available.
Promotional support is provided by WRTI.
SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES
January 17: East Gipsy Band
January 24: Zenia and the Natural Experience
January 31: Improvisations: Michael Snow and Thollem McDonas
February 7: Mood Indigo: A Harlem Renaissance Retrospective
February 14: Love Lounge
February 21: Joanna Pascale
February 28: David Sánchez
March 7: Cocktail Party
March 14: Mimi Jones
March 21: Mazel Tov Cocktail
March 28: K-Pop Dance Party + Fashion Show
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