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Monday, August 31

100 New Members to Celebrate 100 Years!

Special offer ends August 31, 2015!

Joins us as we celebrate our centennial and move into our second century! Until August 31, 2015, we are offering a Centennial Membership for only $100! Centennial Members receive benefits for two individuals, a 10% discount on PAA exhibition catalogs and selected merchandise, membership in the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) with FREE admission at over 750 partner museums and galleries and a FREE Centennial Package which includes two books on PAA's remarkable history The Philadelphia Art Alliance: 50 Years 1915 - 1965 and The Philadelphia Art Alliance: A Retrospective at 90 Years, as well as a limited edition collection of printed cards (blank inside). For just $25 more you can elevate your membership to Supporter Level and receive a 10% discount at Le Chéri.
To purchase a Centennial Membership CLICK HERE.

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Saturday, September 5 // 7 PM - 9 PM

Joseph Rossetti in Concert with Special Guests


“He is a master of the Classical and Romantic solo repertory, with unerring ensemble sense in chamber music and concerti.”

Dr. Robert Ross, Music Dept. Chairman at CCP



photo (2)The piano is Joseph's passion, refuge, and strength. It inspires him the way he seeks to inspire all those who hear him play. The sounds of the instrument covers his soul like a warm blanket the way he hopes to comfort the souls of his audiences. It provides strength when he is weak the way he tries to empower the minds of those who have their own musical dream. His dedication to his musical journey has been extensive, and by no means has it been easy.
Born in Palermo, Sicily, but raised in Philadelphia since age 12, Joseph Rossetti began studying piano as a young child with his opera-singing mother. Honing the skills of sight-reading and playing by ear early on, Joseph’s dedication has paid off, leading him to secure sponsorships to play before many audiences.
With a Master’s degree in Music Performance from Western State University, Joseph is determined to play on stages across the country, and eventually, around the world.  To date, he’s performed locally with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia at Bryn Mawr College and the West Chester University Symphony Orchestra at WCU. He has also performed in Atlantic City and in New York City at The Dimenna Center for Classical Music.
Joseph feels strongly about empowering young people to pursue their musical passion and donated his time to perform at the Ethel D. Allen Promise Academy in North Philadelphia, where he also held an essay contest, as part of an ongoing effort to give back to the community and promote music appreciation.
To support his piano career, Joseph is self-employed as a piano teacher and in-demand window washer, catering to local businesses. He readily invests his earnings in lessons with piano greats David Oei and Dr. Mark Silverman and studies at The Manhattan School of Music. According to Dr. Robert Ross, Chairman of the Music Department at The Community College of Philadelphia, where Joseph studied and performed, “Joseph is a master of the Classical and Romantic solo piano repertory, with unerring ensemble sense in chamber music and concerti.”
To see Joseph’s performances online, visit his website at www.josephrossetti.com.



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Saturday, September 12 // 7:00 PM

Fringe Arts Performance – El Carro del Amor and Soprano Meets Contrabass

$20 for each individual show

$35 with a purchase to see both shows

 – Use discount code: Soprano/Cart

Purchase Tickets HERE

7PM - El Carro del Amor

9PM - Soprano Meets Contrabass

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“El Carro Del Amor,” a bilingual multimedia theatrical spectacular written by and starring Ana María Ruimonte and featuring “profane” songs of 17th Century Spain accompanied in performance
by a baroque chamber orchestra, each song introduced by a short play set in a different part of the country during Spain’s “Golden Century.”

Ana María Ruimonte, “the Spanish Mezzo&Soprano” sings baroque theatrical love songs accompanied live by musicians with period instruments, while in the background are projected scenes from the paintings and photographs of surviving landscapes that transport the audience into the Siglo de Oro – the Spanish Golden Century.FRINGECARRO1
The Cart of Love uses elaborate period costumes based directly on characters depicted in paintings from 17th Century Spain. A multimedia composition accompanies the original stories with puppets which act out adult themes of love. The stories educate the audience in an entertaining way about life in 17th Century Spain and explore the adult themes of love, loss and jealousy. They make it possible for the audience to understand the various family situations and conflicts and passions of love. Much of the theatrical presentation and the lyrics are in Spanish. The multimedia include English subtitles for a truly bilingual,multicultural experience.


Soprano Meets Contrabass

Ana María Ruimonte,  joins jazz bassist Alan Lewine to present eight centuries of music in a little over one hour. 

With a multinational, bilingual mix of ancient Sephardic and Spanish medieval and Baroque songs and opera, lieder, zarzuela, chachachá and boleros, Lewine’s originals and contemporary classical compositions, they mix her classical voice with his jazz sensibility and flamenco fire into everything they play.  Over the last year they have appeared to great reviews in the US, throughout Spain, and in the Netherlands, Belgium and Israel with various percussionists from Spain, US, Ghana and Brazil as guest.  Ana María has appeared on several CDs on Deutsche Grammophon and other labels, including her own Owlsong where a couple preview tracks by SMC appeared on the “Sampler” release last year.  Their first CD as Soprano Meets Contrabass will be out soon.
Our special guest on percussion here: Shawn Hennessey.
“You’ve never heard anything like this before.”
“8 centuries of music in about an hour!”



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Thursday, September 17 // 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Material Legacy: Masters of Fiber, Clay and Glass at the PAA

Opening Reception: Free and open to the public!

This exhibition is part of a multi-venue series of exhibitions honoring Fellows of the American Craft Council who have had considerable impact on the Philadelphia region. In addition, this series of exhibitions is a major feature of the city-wide pilot project Craft NOW I Philadelphia, and includes the participation of our organization along with The Center for Art in Wood, The Clay Studio, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The ACC College of Fellows are composed of craftspeople that have made significant contributions to the field of craft in the United States, with over 25 years of practice in their respective disciplines. The Philadelphia region has been widely recognized for its rich history and accomplishments in the field of craft, which is reflected in the number of artists who have become part of the ACC College of Fellows. These four exhibitions, the accompanying publication, and educational programming are all designed to highlight the impact of the Philadelphia region on craft on a national scale by featuring the work of 15 different Fellows among the four venues.

At the PAA, this exhibition will be held from September 17 to November 30, 2015 and will feature Adela Akers (fiber), Lewis Knauss (fiber), Judith Schaechter (glass), Warren Seelig (fiber/architecture), and Paula Winokur (porcelain). During the three months of this exhibition, the PAA will also present educational programs featuring Lewis Knauss, Warren Seelig and Judith Scheachter. It should also be noted that this collaborative project among these four institutions is also the cummulation of the 100-year anniversary program at the PAA. Throughout this celebratory year, the PAA has presented the work of all Philadelphia-based artists, as well as educational programming that challenges preconceived definitions of engagement and creative practice in craft and design.



Friday, September 18 // 8:00 PM

Ars Nova Returns to PAA with Charles Evans Quartet


Purchase Tickets HERE

Charles-Evans-Quartet2Ars Nova Workshop is pleased to welcome the

Charles Evans Quartet featuring Dave Liebman.

Charles Evans, baritone saxophone 

Dave Liebman, soprano saxophone

Ron Stabinsky, piano

Tony Marino, bass

Charles Evans is an American baritone saxophonist based in New York, specializing in chromatic improvisation/composition and traditional jazz. In addition to intense study with Dave Liebman, Evans has studied with Julian Sparacino, Jim Buckley, the late Bill Zaccagni, Chris Farr, Ron Kerber, John Swana, and Antonio Hart. He has been included in Downbeat’s  Critics’ and Readers’ in both the Rising Star and Baritone Saxophone categories. His sixth and most recent release as a leader,  Subliminal Leaps (2013) was released on Peter Evans’ More in More Records Evans’ and Liebman’s interplay on the record “alternates between the nervous and dense to the gentle and introvert, still, and captivating with its bold ideas” (All About Jazz).David Liebman was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 4, 1946. His interest in jazz was sparked by seeing John Coltrane perform live in New York City clubs such as Birdland, Village Vanguard and the Half Note. As a student of Lennie Tristano and Charles Lloyd, he went on to be a central figure in New York’s loft scene of the 1970s. As one of the few true masters of the soprano saxophone, the list of people he has recorded and toured with read like a jazz history lesson of the last 40 years: Elvin Jones, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, John Scofield, Al Foster, Billy Hart, Bob Moses, Ellery Eskelin, Jim Black, Steve Swallow, Bobo Stenson, Richie Beirach, Ron McLure, and Vic Juris to name only a few. In 2011 Liebman was rightly named a Jazz Master by the National Endowment of the Arts. Evans and Liebman will be joined by Liebman’s longtime bassist, Tony Marino and Ron Stabinsky, best known for his work in Mostly Other People Do the Killing.

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