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Nightlife / Music / Performance

Opera Philadelphia: The Wake World

Monday, September 18 – Monday, September 25
In a one-act opera inspired by Aleister Crowley’s ecstatic fairy tale "The Wake World," visitors will experience the Barnes collection like never before.
Music / Performance

Barnes Ensemble Festival

Saturday, September 30 – Sunday, October 8
Young musicians from around the world will gather in Philadelphia to play at the Barnes Ensemble's premiere festival.
Free / Music / Performance / 5th Anniversary

Open Rehearsal with the Barnes Ensemble

Wednesday, October 4, 10am – noon
Sit in on a rehearsal of the Barnes Ensemble, a cutting-edge contemporary music collective debuting at the Barnes on October 8.
Free / Music / 5th Anniversary

Central High School Alumni Morning

Thursday, October 5, 10am – noon
In celebration of Albert Barnes’s alma mater, Central High School alumni are invited for a morning of collection tours and music.
Nightlife / Music / Performance / 5th Anniversary

First Friday! Elio and Pablo

Friday, October 6, 6 – 9pm
Featuring Elio Villafranca and Pablo Batista, tonight’s performance fuses traditional and contemporary Cuban music.
Nightlife / Music / Performance / 5th Anniversary

Barnes Ensemble Premiere Concert: “Ramifications”​

Sunday, October 8, 7 – 9pm
Witness history in the making at the debut of the Barnes Ensemble.
Nightlife / Music / 5th Anniversary

5th Anniversary Celebration - Fête the Fifth

Friday, October 13, 7 – 10pm
Join us as we celebrate our 5th anniversary on the Parkway and share our excitement over plans for the Barnes’s second century.
Free / Nightlife / Music / 5th Anniversary

College Night: Party at the Barnes!

Thursday, October 19, 6 – 9pm
We’re turning it up for our third annual college night in partnership with Campus Philly.
Members / Nightlife / Music / 5th Anniversary

Young Professionals Night

Friday, October 20, 7 – 10pm
A night of fun, fashion, art, and music for young professionals and Contemporaries members.
Nightlife / Music

First Friday! A Jazz Connection

Friday, November 3, 6 – 9pm
In a mash-up of East and West Coast jazz scenes, this evening pays tribute to two major groups of the 1950s: the Modern Jazz Quartet and the Mastersounds.
Free / Family / Music / Performance

Free First Sunday: Crossing the Line

Sunday, November 5, 10am – 5pm
Look for a wide range of performances and presentations inviting audience participation. Presented by the Small But Mighty Artists emerging artist network
Nightlife / Music / Performance

Solo Series Concert: Cage, Cowell, Crumb—Pioneers of the Avant-Garde Piano

Wednesday, November 8, 6:15 – 9:30pm
World-renowned pianist Margaret Leng Tan presents the Philadelphia premiere of George Crumb’s first major piano work in more than 40 years.
Nightlife / Music / Performance

First Friday! A Celebration of Sun Ra

Friday, December 1, 6 – 9pm
This program celebrates the visionary artist with a mix of Sun Ra classics, jazz, poetry, funk, hip-hop, rock, and more.
Free / Family / Music / Performance

Free First Sunday: The Artist’s Process

Sunday, December 3, 10am – 5pm
This afternoon’s program is part of a yearlong competition for emerging artists organized by Art Sanctuary and Rush Arts Philly.