Programs: Calendar

Philadelphia Girls Choir

Resounding Voices Choral Series: Philadelphia Girls Choir

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.

Sunday, April 30
3–4:15 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

For more information, call 215.278.7200.

Jarana Beat

First Friday! Jarana Beat

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.

First Friday! is sponsored by

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Friday, May 5
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $28; college students $10 (walk-up only); members free. Collection access included.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Ayana Evans

Barnes open house: #Personofthecrowd

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.

Wednesday, May 10
5–8 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free walk-up; exhibition access only

Ikiré Jones

Artist Bash: Personal Stories on Public Style

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.

Saturday, May 13
8–11 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $30; members $15. Collection and exhibition access included.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Marilyn Nonken

Solo Series. The Spectral Piano

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).  

 

For an interview with Marilyn Nonken about French spectral music and this Solo Series concert, tune into VERSO, our new behind-the-scenes podcast series! http://apple.co/2p1fqb0 

Subscribe to VERSO by searching for "Barnes Foundation" on iTunes, Google Play, or your favorite podcast app!



Thursday, May 18
8–9:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $30; members $20; students $10

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Following poster

Film. Following

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.

Monday, May 22
8–9:30 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $14; members and students $7

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Pasión y Arte

First Friday! Pasión y Arte: Flamenco

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.

First Friday! is sponsored by

Blue Moon





Friday, June 2
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $28; college students $10 with valid ID (walk-up only); members free. Collection access included.

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Young Professionals Night

Young Professionals Night: All the Rage

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.

Hosted by the Contemporaries.

Young Professionals Night is sponsored by 

Blue Moon   Mole Street

 

 

 

Friday, June 9
7–10 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $35; members $15

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Eton Choirbook

Resounding Voices Choral Series: Vigilia

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.

Sunday, June 18
3–4:15 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Free

Havana concert

Solo Series Special Guest: Mozart in Havana

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."

Read more at https://www.sonyclassical.com/releases/88985382442

 

Monday, June 19
7 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $10; members and students $5

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

The Magnificent Seven

Film. The Magnificent Seven

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.”

Monday, June 26
8–10 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $14; members and students $7

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Mohamed Bourouissa's Horse Day

Opening of Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders

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. 

Friday, June 30
6–9 pm 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130 $25; members $20

Reserve general admission or member tickets online or call 215.278.7200.