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Classical Revolution Philly @ Pentridge Station
6:00 PM18:00

Classical Revolution Philly @ Pentridge Station

Come hear classical jams and maybe even some improvisations at Pentridge Station Pop-Up on Friday, June 22!

Pentridge Station is an incredible gem in the city of Philadelphia - a cool beer garden with interesting food truck options that isn't completely overrun on the weekends!  

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Satellites are Spinning #5
8:00 PM20:00

Satellites are Spinning #5

Satellites Series: A Sizzling, Sonic Celebration of Sun Ra


  • Kim Pedro - drums
  • Mitch Beer - electric bass
  • Dan Kaplowitz - guitar
  • Adam Faulk - Keyboards
  • Malik Henry - E-percussion & fx
  • Terry Lawson - tenor sax
  • Matthew Stewart - trumpet
  • V. Shayne Frederick - Vocals/Keyboards
  • Raphael Xavier - Rapper/Poet
  • Matt Engle - acoustic bass
  • Veronica Jurkiewicz - violin/viola
  • Jakeya Sanders - Vocalist
  • Carlos Santiago - violin/viola


Concert #5

Wednesday, March 28th 8pm

Johnny Brenda's - 1201 N. Frankford Ave.

Presented by the Philadelphia Jazz Project

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(DIS)PLACED Showcase & Concert featuring the music of Kinan Abou-afach
4:00 PM16:00

(DIS)PLACED Showcase & Concert featuring the music of Kinan Abou-afach

Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018


Time: 4:00 – 6:30 PM

4:00 – 5:15 pm:  Poetry by Nazem El Sayed  •  Film by Dave Tavani • Artwork inspired by Buthayna Ali • Light Fare

5:15 – 6:30 pm:  World Premiere of “Of Roads and Homes” by composer Kinan Abou-afach, featuring:

Issam Rafea – oud • Kinan Abou-afach – cello • Hafez Kotain – percussion • Shannon Lee – violin • Veronica Jurkiewicz – viola • Ken Ulansey – clarinet • Matt Engle – bass  • Denise Valentine – narration

Location: Trinity Center for Urban Life – 22nd and Spruce St, Philadelphia

Tickets: $20 in Advance | $25 at the Door | $10 for Students with ID

Tickets available here>>>

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Julius Eastman:  That Which is Fundamental at the Kitchen
8:00 PM20:00

Julius Eastman: That Which is Fundamental at the Kitchen

An important landmark in the recovery of Julius Eastman's music, this concert features one of Eastman's earliest works—Thruway (for soprano, flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, cello, large choir, and jazz trio)—in its New York City debut performed by the Arcana New Music Ensemble. They will also be performing Eastman's piece Buddha. Opening the evening will be a special performance by Gerry Eastman, brother of Julius.


Julius Eastman: Buddha (1984) 
Eastman Community Choir directed by Dustin Hurt

Gerry Eastman: In Memory of Julius
Gerry Eastman, solo guitar

Julius Eastman: Thruway (1969) 
Tara Middleton, soprano; Arcana New Music Ensemble (Anthony Bob, flute; Joseph Dvorak, clarinet; Min Young Kim, violin; Tom Kraines, cello; Rodney McGhee, trombone Aaron Stewart, saxophone); Eastman Community Choir with Josh Lee, saxophone; Drew Gaunce, bass; Patrick Hwang, drums; Hprizm, electronics; John J.H. Phillips, video

*Moor Mother is no longer performing as part of this concert due to a scheduling conflict. 

January 27, 8pm
Tickets $25 General / $20 Members

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Symphony for a Broken Orchestra
5:00 PM17:00

Symphony for a Broken Orchestra

World premiere performance of David Lang's Symphony for a Broken Orchestra


There are over 1,000 musical instruments owned by The School District of Philadelphia that cannot be played because they are broken and there is no available budget to fix them.  Symphony for a Broken Orchestra is a city-wide effort initiated by Temple Contemporary in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Boyer College of Music & Dance, the Curtis Institute and numerous professional/amateur musicians throughout the city.  Together, these hundreds of musicians will perform a composition in December 2017 that is written specifically for the sounds these instruments can only make in their broken state.  This once in a lifetime arrangement is being written by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang to unite generations of Philadelphia musicians and audiences in support of music education for our public schools.

Following the performance, Temple Contemporary, in collaboration with instrument repair professionals throughout the region, will repair all of the fixable instruments and return them back to the public schools they came from in the fall of 2018. Instrument repair kits will also be installed in every public school offering instrumental music classes, allowing any minor repairs to be fixed in the future.

Major support for Symphony for a Broken Orchestra is provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Barra Foundation. Temple Contemporary is part of Tyler School of Art at Temple University.

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