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The Brass Project.  Photo courtesy of the artists.

The Brass Project

The Brass Project is a brass sextet formed by leading players from Philadelphia’s celebrated Curtis Institute of Music.  During the Museum’s blockbuster exhibit this fall /winter —Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful — this brilliant, young brass ensemble will be in residence twice!

The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians to engage a local and global community through the highest level of artistry. One of the most selective schools in the United States, Curtis accepts four percent of applicants each year on average. With a small student body of about 175, Curtis ensures that each young musician receives an education of unparalleled quality, distinguished by real-world training and personalized attention from a faculty that includes a high proportion of actively performing musicians. The training allows these extraordinary young musicians to join the front rank of performers, composers, conductors, and musical leaders, making a profound impact on music onstage and in their communities.

The Brass Project appears by special arrangement with Curtis on Tour, the Nina von Maltzahn global touring initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Reserved Seating.

Members: $30
Non-Members: $40
Seniors: $35
Students: $20 with ID
Groups of 10 or more: $33


The Brass Project POPs
Sunday, March 3, 2:00PM

There’s fun for all, in this survey of old favorites and current hits.


  • Viva la Vida – Coldplay Arr. Ridenour
  • West Side Story – Leonard Bernstein Arr. Jack Gale
    •  Tonight
    •  Maria
    •  America
    •  I Feel Pretty
    • Somewhere
  • Beatles Medley
    • Help!
    • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
    • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Sound of Music Medley – Rodgers & Hammerstein Arr. Jack Gale
  • Fly me to the Moon
  • Tin Roof Blues
  • Bugle Call Rag

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Rob Kapilow. Photo by John Johansen.

Rob Kapilow. Photo by John Johansen.

What Makes it Great?

Through his concert presentations, commentaries and CD series, Rob Kapilow helps listeners understand “what makes great music great”.  In the first part of each program, he explores a piece of music thoroughly to understand why it is so extraordinary. Then in the second part, the music is heard performed in its entirety, hopefully with a totally new perspective.

Characterized by his unique ability to create an “aha” moment for his audiences and collaborators, whatever their level of musical sophistication, Kapilow’s work brings music into people’s lives, opening new ears to musical experiences and helping people to listen actively rather than just hear.

Theatermania.com calls Rob Kapilow’s engaging commentaries “a knockout combination of entertainment and education.”

Reserved Seating.

After the program, there will be a complimentary reception to meet and mingle with the performers.

Members: $30
Non-Members: $40
Seniors: $35
Students: $20 with ID
Groups of 10 or more: $33 (Call the Box Office)


Kyle Athayde Dance Party. Photo courtesy of the artists.

Duke Ellington, 1934. Courtesy of the Duke Ellington Collection.

It Don’t Mean a Thing, Music of Duke Ellington
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 2:00PM


In this program, Rob Kapilow will explore 5 compositions by the legendary Duke Ellington:

  • It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing (1931)
  • Harlem Airshaft (1940)
  • Peanut Brittle Brigade (1960)
  • Single Petal of the Rose (1959)
  • Chinoiserie (1973)

The music will be performed by the Kyle Athayde Dance Party – a NY-based big band acclaimed for its versatility in the wide range of styles it performs.

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