The new season of Art After 5 features programs and performances inspired by the major fall exhibition Leger: Modern Art and the Metropolis, plus a diverse lineup of international music genres including Dixieland jazz and Motown, German cabaret, Eastern European music including Lithuanian jazz, Balkan bands and klezmer, and traditional Mexican Christmas music.
Four of the season’s evenings are planned in conjunction with the exhibition that explores the art of Fernand Léger and the Paris avant-garde of the 1920s. It begins with a tribute to silent film star Charlie Chaplin on October 25, which includes a screening of his short films accompanied by performances by Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra and the Give and Take Jugglers. On November 1 visitors are invited to dress in Roaring 20s fashions as Drew Nugent and The Midnight Society serves up jazz and dance by “flappers” Gin Minsky and the Dandy Wellington. “Americans in Paris” is the theme on November 22 with music by Warren Oree, and on November 29 the Great Stair Hall becomes a cabaret for La Vie Parisiènne, with jazz and swing by the Avalon Jazz Band and a dance tribute to Josephine Baker.
Other autumn evenings will feature a variety of themes. It’s Daniel Isengart, with Weimer-era cabaret on October 4. Motown meets jazz on October 11 with such favorites as “Heat Wave” and “Midnight Train to Georgia” performed by The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, including vocalists Roy Richardson and Pat Scott accompanied by Tony Smith and Harold Watkins on horns. Vocalist Rhenda Fearrington, former back-up singer for Roberta Flack, returns with smooth jazz on October 18, saxophonist Kestustis Vaignis fills the Great Stair Hall with the sound of Lithuanian jazz on November 8, and pianist Orrin Evans performs on November 15.
December brings in the holidays with a Festival of Lights on December 6, when the West Philadelphia Orchestra offers a blend of Eastern European-style folk music, including lively traditional Jewish klezmer. It will be a Latin Christmas on December 13, with a posada of Mexican carols, and artisans creating decorations. On December 20, the acclaimed Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O puts a jazzy spin on Christmas with high-spirited variations of holiday standards, and the Mistletoe Hop follows on December 27 with the music of the 50s and 60s performed by Matthew Piazzi and the Debonairs.
Art After 5’s performances are 5:45–6:45 p.m. and 7:15–8:15 p.m. every Friday in the Museum’s Great Stair Hall. All shows are free after Museum admission, which is valid for two days. 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 sharable snacks and light supper options are available.
SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCESOCTOBER
October 4: Daniel Isengart
October 11: Motown Meets Jazz
October 18: Rhenda Fearrington
October 25: Cine-cabaret NOVEMBER
November 1: Roaring 20s Dance Party
November 8: Lithuanian Jazz
November 15: Orrin Evans
November 22: Americans in Paris
November 29: La Vie Parisiènne DECEMBER
December 6: Festival of Lights
December 13: Christmas in Mexico
December 20: Christmas Tree-O
December 27: Mistletoe Hop
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