The Holidays can start to feel pretty expensive right around now. Here are some free and low cost art events around town that will keep you in the holiday spirit in the week ahead.
On Monday November 28th at 8pm in Gould Rehearsal Hall (seating is limited) the evening is devoted mostly to the brass instruments with performance of Dance Suite and Fanfare for Bima by Leonard Bernstein. Wednesday November 30th at Field Concert Hall features the vocal department including the performance of the song ‘Our Long War’, written by Bucks County native David Ludwig. Friday December 2nd also at Field Concert Hall Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 2 will be played, amongst other works.All shows start at 8pm. For more information call the Student Recital Hotline at (215) 893-5261 or visit online at www.curtis.edu
- The Curtis Institute of Music, located at 1726 Locust Street, often showcases its talented students with free recitals. This week there are three exciting free recitals at Curtis.
- Friday December 2nd is a big night for Philadelphia. Many parts of the city have a ‘First Friday’ where art galleries and shops stay open late and showcase new exhibits and goods. Old City Arts and First Friday in Philadelphia has a website at http://www.oldcityarts.org/ . One spot in Old City that never disappoints is The Clay Studio, located at 139 North Second Street, is open 5 pm – 9 pm the first Friday of every month, and currently features the exhibit Gifted: The Clay Studio’s Annual Holiday Exhibition. For more information visit www.theclaystudio.org or call 215-925-3453.
- On First Friday The Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum at 315 Chestnut Street is open until 8pm. On December 2nd the exhibit Elemental Matters: Artists Imagine Chemistry at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, described as a way to ‘experience the elements and the periodic table’, continues free of charge. Call 215-955-2222 or visit chemheritage.org for more information.
- On Sunday you can continue perusing Philadelphia’s artistic treasures at The Philadelphia Museum of Art. On Sunday December 4th you can visit the Main Building at 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and/or Perelman Building at Fairmount and Pennsylvania Avenues without breaking the bank, the first Sunday of every month is pay what you can day at PMA. The museum is open from 10am until 5pm. Visit http://www.philamuseum.org/ or call (215) 763-8100 for more information.