PhilaLandmarks Early Music Series brings the Powel House and the Hill-Physick House to life through vibrant and educational period-instrument chamber music performance.
Philadelphia is the home of numerous world-class early music ensembles. Performances in the lovingly restored PhilaLandmarks houses provide the perfect opportunity to hear and get to know these creative musicians.
Our concerts give the audience a unique chance to experience an intimate and authentic 18th century salon
performance with interspersed educational commentary and a complimentary wine and cheese reception with the musicians.
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Special thanks to our sponsor:
Charles P. Keates, Esq.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
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Filament is a chamber ensemble, formed in 2019, of Philadelphia-based period-instrument soloists. As an ensemble, they share their collective passion for the rich trio repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries with preoccupations including music of Northern Germany and Scandinavia, and cross-cultural music-making in Northern Europe.
The Franklin Quartet
performs music from the dawn of the string quartet on period instruments. Named after Age of Enlightenment polymath Benjamin Franklin, the Franklin Quartet brings a spirit of invention and exploration to its presentation of early string quartet repertoire.
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Formed in 2013, Kleine Kammermusik is dedicated to bringing to life the wealth of intimate chamber music from the courts of Europe. Each member brings superb artistry and a high level of virtuosity to music full of dazzling surprises.
Night Music charms its audiences with music of the Revolutionary and Romantic eras, performing music of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and beyond on string and wind instruments of the time.
Due to the COVID-19 Crisis
PLEMS concerts have been rescheduled as follows.
Classical Inside Out
by Night Music
Out of the parlor and into the sunshine, Night Music invites you to a garden party with a musical guest list including friends both old and new. Two trios by Haydn balance duos for unusual instrumental pairings by Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf and François Devienne, together with a set of country dances by the African-English writer and composer Ignatius Sancho. Our concert also marks the release of Night Music’s first CD, Music for a Viennese Salon.
Dances for Queens
by Kleine Kammermusik
We may forget that some of the most important musical patrons of the Baroque were women. This program includes music that accompanied queens in their daily lives and celebrated the sovereign charm they brought to the lives of their subjects. Music by Purcell, Jacquet de la Guerre, Francois Couperin, and others.
Harmony of Nations
If you find yourself in need of a break from the fire hydrant blast of the current moment, immerse yourself instead in creative streams, prolific in another time when seekers and sages alike crossed borders and cultural thresholds in search of their own musical truth. Filament’s program, Harmony of Nations, celebrates this free-flowing exchange of musical ideas and identities and the distinctive, newly inflected voices developed through the merger of seemingly disparate national styles. Highlights include Georg Muffat’s iconic violin sonata and music of the visionary Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre.
The Goethe Connection
by the Franklin Quartet
The Sturm und Drang movement (1760s-1780s), with Goethe in the forefront, came to be associated with literature or music aimed at shocking the audience and moving them to extremes of emotion. The principal driver of the movement was rebellion against the constraints and rational ideals of the Enlightenment. In “The Goethe Connection” the Franklin Quartet explores the ways Haydn, Mendelssohn, Kraus and Vanhal embrace of this ethos.