In the first of our new, free series “Resounding Voices,” which showcases choral traditions from around the world, the Philadelphia Girls Choir makes its debut appearance at the Barnes Foundation, led by Nathan Wadley and Laura Harmon. As the sister choir of the Philadelphia Boys Choir, the Girls Choir appears in celebration of underrepresented female composers and librettists in “Songbird.” This concert is a multi-cultural kaleidoscope highlighting the unique perspective of women in music, featuring the music of Sarah Bareilles, Susan Brumfield, Sarah Quartel, Mary Lynn Lightfoot, Maddalena Casulana, and more.
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Recipient of the 2015 Mexican Music Award for Best Contemporary Folk Band, Jarana Beat is a world music band incorporating dance and activism. The group blends the origins of Mexican music with contemporary elements and other musical traditions to offer a new interpretation of Afro-Amerindian Mexico. This program is part of Mexican Week in partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center and the Consulate of Mexico.
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Meet up at the Barnes for free after-hours access to Person of the Crowd! Wearing her signature neon-yellow zebra-patterned bodysuit and high heels, performance artist Ayana Evans hosts an interactive food performance for randomly selected visitors.
Join us for an evening of poets, dancers, musicians, and fashion designers performing and strutting the red carpet. Tonight’s theme is personal style: how does what you wear share your heritage or history? Featuring the Ikiré Jones men’s fashion line, classical Indian dancer Roshni Tailor, poet Lyrispect, live music by AveNoir, and the sounds of Worldtown’s DJ Oluwafemi! In partnership with iHeart Radio, Onehunted, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, and Small But Mighty Arts. Collection and exhibition access included.
Hailed by the New York Times as one of the great interpreters of new music, pianist Marilyn Nonken performs an evening of French spectral music. The program includes the early preludes of visionary Olivier Messiaen, which set the stage for a century of experimentation in harmony and timbre, culminating in Tristan Murail's epic Les Travaux et les Jours (2003).
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Directed by Christopher Nolan, 1998. 70 min.
In this neo-noir thriller by the director of Memento, a man’s innocent game of following strangers around the streets of London turns deadly. Martha Lucy introduces the film, discussing its connection to the exhibition’s themes of observation and interruption in contemporary urban life.
Pasión y Arte brings flamenco to the Barnes, showcasing the intimate style called tablao. Featuring vocalists Barbara Martinez and Hector Marquez, guitarist Raphael Brunn, dancers Xianix Barrera and Alexa Milton, and artistic director Elba Hevia y Vaca.
Photo by Mike Hurwitz.
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From Soutine’s frenetic strokes to Matisse's blazing colors, dig into masterpieces that defined expressionism in early modern art, revealing the artist’s passions, fury, or desires. With live beats, bites, and sips, #BarnesYP night is all the rage with Philly's young industry leaders and art lovers this summer. Dress code: cocktail attire in raging red.
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This free concert series fills the space of the Annenberg Court with a dramatic chorus of voices on Sundays, alternating monthly with the Solo Series. Evolving out of Dr. Barnes’s interest in choral music, Resounding Voices features a diverse array of musical periods and genres, with upcoming performances by the Westminster Choir, St. Thomas Gospel Choir, and other exciting choral artists.
This performance includes the rarely heard Vigilia by Rautavaara alongside other beautiful 20th- and 21st-century works, sung by the Philadelphia Voices and led by guest conductor Robert Whalen.
In their first US tour and only appearance in Philadelphia, the Havana Lyceum Orchestra travels from Cuba to the Barnes Foundation to perform, with acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein, the works of their new Sony album, Mozart in Havana.
For the recording, Grammy® nominee Dinnerstein collaborated with the orchestra over three long, sleepless nights, using donated strings and recording equipment brought in by Grammy®-winning producer Adam Abeshouse.
Their collaborative performance here at the Barnes, which features Mozart’s Piano Concerti no. 21 and 23, is a testament to the ability of music to cross all cultural and language barriers.
In Dinnerstein’s own words: "My first direct connection to Cuba came in 2013 when my former piano teacher Solomon Mikowsky inaugurated a piano festival in Havana and invited me to play. Two years later I returned to his festival, this time to play a Mozart concerto with the Havana Lyceum Orchestra. I had not known what to expect, and they were stunning. The orchestra mixed conservatory students, recent graduates, and professors. They played with thoughtful sensitivity and sensual beauty, despite the fact that in some cases the materials they were using were inferior. It was clear that the sound they made came from inside them, not simply from their instruments. I left thinking that the world would be hearing much more from them."
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Directed by John Sturges, 1960. 128 min.
Playing on the “urban rider” theme explored in the works of Mohamed Bourouissa, the Barnes presents The Magnificent Seven, the 1960 classic starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen. A remake of Seven Samurai, the Japanese epic historical film from 1954, The Magnificent Seven set the standard for the American Western genre and was declared by the US National Film Registry as “culturally, historically, aesthetically significant.”
Join us in celebrating Bourouissa’s first major solo exhibition in Philadelphia, featuring approximately 85 works, including drawings, photos, costumes, and sculptures, and a video. Many of the works relate to his 2014 project, which focused on a North Philadelphia community’s efforts at neighborhood revitalization via a horseback riding event.