July 28, 2021
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Philadelphia’s robust network of arts & culture organizations, large and small, will be celebrated every week as they perform in the center of the city. Shows will range from orchestral serenades and ballet ensembles to jazz instrumentals and beyond. In support of local restaurants, guests are encouraged to dine al fresco with takeout meals from nearby eateries. A special menu will be offered at the Air Grille, and cocktails made with Maker’s Mark Bourbon and Michelob Ultra Organic Seltzer will be available for purchase to guests 21 and older to enjoy within designated areas in the park. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets or chairs, as seating is limited.
Theatrical music with a message fills the evening air at Dilworth Park as Curtis Institute alumni accompany performances by the Paul Robeson Museum and the Marian Anderson Museum and Historical Society. Each world-renown organization will provide a history of their respective organizations and the role their mission plays in the Philadelphia music community. Jennifer Robinson, Director of Preservation Services, from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia will briefly discuss the urgent need to support the preservation and sustainability of Philadelphia’s music heritage sites. Pianist and Curtis Institute faculty member, Thomas Weaver will perform William Grant Still’s Three Visions, Joseph Patterson- Key Arts Productions featuring Nathan Harmon as Paul Robeson in Emperor Jones and Showboat will sing Negro Spirituals Robeson popularized, and the Marian Anderson Historical Society presents – A ‘Porgy & Bess’ Medley sung by the Marian Anderson Scholar Artists. Thank you to our sponsor, Jacobs Music Company. The performance will begin at 5:30 p.m.
This event is presented by the Philadelphia Music Alliance and sponsored by the Philadelphia Music Heritage Council.