About the Event
Philadelphia’s Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra champions cultural diversity in classical music. This impressive collection of musicians plays a mix of musical styles that connect countries, cultures, and communities in exciting ways. Before Black Pearl takes the stage, enjoy an opening set by harpist Claire Thai, a student at the Curtis Institute of Music.
Between the performances, catch a lively conversation inspired by Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel. Jeri Lynne Johnson, Black Pearl’s artistic director and founder, joins Valerie Gay, our deputy director for audience engagement & chief experience officer. Learn how Johnson, a Black woman composer and conductor, defied the odds to break new ground in her field by founding her own orchestra.
Collection and exhibition access included.
6:30 – 7pm: Harpist Claire Thai
7:15 – 7:45pm: Conversation with Jeri Lynne Johnson and Valerie Gay
8 – 9pm: Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
Cocktails and light fare available for purchase, including crab cakes, meatballs, and a local cheese board. Limited seating available.
Please note that, effective August 12, 2021, our COVID-19 guidelines have changed to reflect current guidance from the City of Philadelphia. More information.
First Fridays! at the Barnes
The Barnes is open late on the first Friday of every month, with live music, performances, and access to the collection. Join us for after-hours art and an exciting array of entertainment.