EARLY MUSIC SERIES | philalandmarks
PhilaLandmarks Early Music Series brings the Powel House and the Hill-Physick House to life through vibrant and educational period-instrument chamber music performance.


$20 suggested donation

includes the concert, educational lecture and reception!

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. 

Video courtesy of Sharon Tortello Photography

Special thanks to our sponsor:

Charles P. Keates, Esq.


Tatiana Daubek Photography

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.

Sharon Tortello Photography

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.


The Goethe Connection

by the Franklin Quartet

February 20th

7:30-9:30 pm

Hill-Physick House

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.

Mozart & Friends

by Night Music

March 26th

7:30-9:30 pm

Powel House

Listen in on intimate musical conversations cast as duos, trios, and quartets for various combinations of string and wind instruments. Our program includes two sublime flute quartets by Mozart, a stirring string trio by Beethoven, and an elegant duo for viola and double bass by Johannes Matthias Sperger. You will feel as though you are part of the discussion as you listen to the give-and-take between these eloquent instruments.

Harmony of Nations

by Filament

April 16th

7:30-9:30 pm

Powel House

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 traveled great distances, crossing borders and cultural thresholds in a quest for musical wisdom and enrichment. 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 of the program will include Georg Muffat’s iconic violin sonata, chamber sonatas by Rosenmüller and Krieger, and music of the visionary Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre.

A well-tended Garden

by Kleine Kammermusik

May 21st

7:30-9:30 pm

Hill-Physick House

Join Kleine Kammermusik as we present a springtime program of works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Philipp Telemann, and George Frideric Handel. We travel to Leipzig, which in addition to being home to both Telemann and Bach, is the site of a famous botanic garden founded in the 16th century. Handel, an amateur botanist from nearby Halle, must have visited the garden on his travels. Kleine Kammermusik imagines Leipzigers tending a musical garden grown from the works of these three local composers, choosing a pleasing assortment of varied colors, textures, and forms.

Due to the COVID-19 Crisis

PLEMS is postponed until further notice.

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