Philadelphia, PA—This season, Art After 5 celebrates summer with a sizzle every Friday night in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Great Stair Hall. From Bastille Day and Brazilian dance parties to jazz greats and romantic standards, Art After 5 brings together great art and music each week. With award-winning performers and engaging events, visitors experience live performance and enjoy the galleries while the Museum’s culinary team of STARR Events prepares specialty cocktails, appetizers, and small plates that complement the flavor of each evening. And every Friday throughout the summer months, the popular “Martinis on the Portico” on the Museum’s east terrace offers delectable cocktails and a spectacular view of the city.
Vive la France with Art After 5’s July 13 Bastille Day Party featuring Can-Can dancers, confetti cannons, and a cardboard tour of Paris with The Bearded Ladies, an experimental cabaret group who performs French favorites including “La Vie En Rose” and “Non Je Ne Regrette Rien.” Francophile performances continue on August 3 in celebration of Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia with the all-female chamber ensemble Siren Baroque presenting classical works about earthly dreams of paradise, immortality, and love. From the romance of France to the romantic Hollywood musical, The Swinging Foxes, on August 10, draw inspiration from the 1930s and 40s Swing era of jazz. On September 14, a burgeoning jazz great, Kat Edmundson performs. The Boston Globe called Edmundson “the most promising American jazz singer…since Cassandra Wilson.” Round out the summer season and head back to school dancing the night—the entire night—away. On September 28, Art After 5 hosts the Philadelphia DJ Dance Party in celebration of the exhibition Full Spectrum: Prints from the Brandywine Workshop with DJ Phoenix, DJ Be Free, and special guest DJ Rich Medina. DJs will spin until midnight and help kick off Campus Philly’s College Day weekend.
Following is the complete schedule of the Art After 5 Summer 2012 schedule:
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Argento Chamber Ensemble
Sneak Peek of two special concerts at the Rodin Musuem
Exploring traditional and more radical approaches to musical form and structure, members of the critically acclaimed Argento Chamber Ensemble will perform a varied set, including a preview of their upcoming Rodin Museum Concerts. Composer, violinist, and conductor David Fulmer will present a Philadelphia premiere of his own composition, a premiere by John Zorn written especially for Fulmer, and works by W. A. Mozart and Matthias Pintscher.
Bastille Day Party
No Regrets: A Piaf Affair
No Bastille Day celebration would be complete without Can-Can dancers, confetti cannons, and a cardboard tour of Paris. The Bearded Ladies, an experimental cabaret group, performs French favorites including “La Vie En Rose,” “Non Je Ne Regrette Rien,” and “Milord,” during an evening of tricked-out costume changes, drag, and virtuosic prop construction. With wit and homespun sparkle, they engage in popular culture, gender politics, identity, and artistic invention.
Orquesta La Paz
Originating in Philadelphia in 1974, Orqusta La Paz is the only salsa band from the city to ever reach the final entry nomination list for the Latin Grammys in four categories, including “Album of the Year.” They have toured throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
Considered a rising star by fans and critics alike, Joanna Pascale has emerged as one of the premier vocalists on the East Coast. Her style is firmly rooted in the tradition of jazz and Philadelphia Weekly raves, "Stunning, sophisticated, and extremely soulful.”
Twilight in Arcadia
Siren Baroque, the all-female, New York-based chamber ensemble, presents a mélange of classical music about the earthly dreams of paradise, immortality, love, and illusions of grandeur by composers including Caldera, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, and Purcell, among others. Siren Baroque will be joined by special guests from the acclaimed contemporary and baroque, mixed media theater and dance company, Company XIV.
The Swinging Foxes
Drawing inspiration from the romantic Hollywood musicals of the 1930’s and 40s, swing-era jazz, and the soulful dance music of early 1950’s rhythm and blues, vocalist Amber Rae and veteran guitarist Andy Buraz lead a five-member ensemble. Styled after swingers like Anita O’Day, soul soothers like Billie Holiday, and rockers like Ruth Brown, The Swinging Foxes have performed numerous times at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, as well as a variety of music and arts festivals in the greater Philadelphia area.
The Philly tenor sax legend is a longtime favorite with Art After 5 audiences and jazz fans throughout the region. McKenna has performed as soloist with Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, Buddy DeFranco, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Bootsie Barnes, Frank Sinatra and many more. An accomplished composer and arranger, McKenna’s recordings have received critical acclaim and his solo performances showcase the veteran saxophonist in all his lyrical glory, interpreting unique versions of classic standards.
The New York-based songwriter expresses her passion for a diversity of people and cultures. Drawing on the genres of singer-songwriter, world music, and jazz, her music has a mellow groove that samples French pop, new American soul and Latin rhythms, telling personal and accessible stories.
Brazilian Dance Party
Celebrate Brazilian Independence Day by dancing the night away to popular Brazilian hits with live dancers and dance instruction.
"Edmonson might be the most promising American jazz singer to come along since Cassandra Wilson," notes The Boston Globe. Edmonson credits her mother back in Houston for acquainting her with music from the Great American Songbook. She began singing and writing songs at a very early age and at 19 auditioned for "American Idol," making it to the final 48 in Hollywood. Edmundson has gone on to perform with fellow Texan Willie Nelson, open for Smoky Robinson, tour with Boz Scaggs, and perform at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival and headline the Taichung Jazz Festival in Taiwan.
Originally from West Philadelphia, King sings pop and jazz standards with touches of the blues, soul, and gospel in a voice steeped in a sophisticated style, much like one of her idols, Sarah Vaughan.
Philadelphia DJ Dance Party
Dance until midnight in celebration of the exhibition Full Spectrum: Prints from the Brandywine Workshop. DJ Phoenix and DJ Be Free spin soul, ambient, trip-hop and jazz until Rich Medina takes over to take crowds on a sonic journey through hip-hop, house, Afrobeat, funk and soul. Spoken word, live painting, and other happenings help celebrate the arts in Philadelphia and kick off Campus Philly’s College Day weekend.