Philadelphia, PA—From Asia to Europe and South America to West Philadelphia, Art After 5 this season brings visitors around the world in the Great Stair Hall. Featuring its renowned jazz concerts and innovative programs, visitors can experience live performance reflecting a wide range of cultures 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.
Here are some of the Fall highlights:
Pull up a seat on October 5 as Weimar Cabaret, spotlights the decadent German scene with Dances of Vice: Kabarett Berlin. On November 2’s Japan Night, Art After 5 brings folk music and dance from Iwate prefecture (the area of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami). On November 30, celebrate the major exhibition Dancing around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp, by exploring its key themes of chess, chance, and collaboration. Chess Music for the Moving Image invites the audience to play a live game of chess that will shape the evening’s musical notes and dance steps. The ever-popular West Philadelphia Orchestra celebrates the Festival of Lights on December 14, with its inspirational repertoire of eastern European and klezmer tunes.
Following is the complete schedule of the Art After 5 Fall 2012 schedule:
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After World War I, Weimar Berlin gained a reputation for decadence as avant-garde artists and intellectuals struggled to create a modern German culture. In this atmosphere of artistic ferment, nightclubs teemed with live jazz and dancing showgirls. Experience Art After 5’s own
Weimar Berlin revue with Dances of Vice: Kabarett Berlin.
Manuel Valera and the New Cuban Express
Deeply influenced by the experiments of Cuban musicians from the 1970s and ‘80s, Manuel Valera and the New Cuban Express create a unique and distinctive style that mixes elements of jazz, R & B, fusion, and funk with Cuban music styles.
Latin Dance Party
The Johnny Cruz Latin Jazz Ensemble hails from the barrio in the Centro de Oro, or Golden Block District, in North Philadelphia. Dance the night away with a partner, or try free dance lessons! This program is supported by Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas.
John Cage: Music for Film
Avant-garde pianist Margaret Leng Tan performs film music by John Cage to live projected videos. Compositions include Works of Calder, Music for Marcel Duchamp, Cage’s score painting Chess Pieces, and Music for Piano no. 2, which will be performed with Rob Dietz’s video projections of Cage’s artwork 10 Stones.
Experience Japanese folk music and dance from Iwate prefecture, the area devastated by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Designated as an Important Cultural Folk Asset by the Japanese government in 2006, the group Kuromori Kagura will perform dances from its vast repertoire, which includes furious jumps, brisk turns, and whimsical moves accompanied by percussion and fue (Japanese flute). The four-city American tour of Kuromori Kagura is produced and organized by Japan Society, New York, and is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, in the fiscal year 2012, The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program, and The Asahi Shimbun Foundation. The regional tour of Kuromori Kagura is made possible by a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Violinist Diane Monroe performs as a leader and sidewoman of various jazz ensembles while pursuing a career as a classical solo and chamber artist. She has performed with drummer Max Roach and cellist Yo-Yo Ma and has been a featured soloist at the Blue Note Jazz Club and Carnegie Hall. She will premiere her new band and project, which features protest songs from the 1960s and beyond.
Since the mid-sixties, John Dowell has been exploring the relationships between the elements of composing and improvising music and painting in terms of the use of colors, rhythms, space, textures, shapes, harmony, linear development, and human feelings. This program is offered in in celebration of the exhibition Full Spectrum: Prints from the Brandywine Workshop, on view September 7–November 25.
Vocalist Rhenda Fearrington has immersed herself in Philadelphia jazz. Once a back-up singer for Roberta Flack, she has toured internationally. This program honors legends like Flack, Phoebe Snow, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Nancy Wilson.
Chess Music for the Moving Image
The intersecting work of visual artists Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg and the music of John Cage and choreography of Merce Cunningham explored the collision between chance, collaboration, and often, the game of chess. This evening, join Morricone Youth, a New York City septet, for an interactive musical and dance performance generated by a chess game played by the audience. The live game of chess shapes the musical progression of the concert and the movements of the dancers. In celebration of the exhibition Dancing Around the Bride: Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp (October 30, 2012 – January 21, 2013), each strategic move towards “checkmate” arbitrarily unlocks the notes and steps of the entire performance.
Just Breathe: Yoga Night
Get centered before the holidays. Practice meditative exercises, yoga postures, and breathing techniques amid the beauty of the Museum’s collection. After a peaceful stretch, dance to DJ-spun bhangra music. Henna tattoos, themed tours, and healthful menu items will be available throughout the night. Don’t forget to bring your yoga mat.
Festival of Lights with West Philadelphia Orchestra
West Philadelphia Orchestra began in late 2006 by playing Romanian songs, Serbian brass band tunes, Macedonian folk-dance songs, Bulgarian wedding music, and various klezmer tunes. Since then, the group has continued expanding and refining its sound and repertoire.
With its pounding drums and shimmering brass sounds, it inspires audiences to hold hands, dance, and sing along.
The Jingle Bell Jive
Get ready to jump and jive to the swinging rhythms of The Tickled Pinks, a New York-based swing vocal trio and tribute band dedicated to playing Andrews Sisters arrangements true to their original 1940's sound. The evening will feature dance performances and an open dance floor!
New Year’s Eve Pre-Party
‘Tis the season for Art After 5 to commemorate the great rhythm-and-blues and doo-wop artists of the 1950s and 1960s! Spend the evening listening to classic holiday doo-wop, rock ‘n’ roll, and soul with Matthew Piazzi and the Debonairs.