April 6, 2014
Venue: At the beautiful and historic Oaks Cloister in the Wissahickon
To see 2013 photos from this event at the Oaks Cloister, click here.
This delightful annual event presents glorious song and musical conversation, accompanied by delectable hors d’oeuvres and potables. Meet Artistic Director Alan Harler and hear selections of music offered by singers of Mendelssohn Club Chorus.
The “tacet” auction often features items such as elegant vacation homes and select items of fine art and crafts. A special afternoon not to be missed!
About the Oaks Cloister
The Oaks Cloister is one of the most magnificent private residences in Philadelphia. Designed in 1900 by Joseph Miller Huston, the architect of the Pennsylvania State Capitol, this elegant Tudor estate stands on a hill overlooking the greenery of Fairmount Park. Superbly restored under its current owners, Dr. Russell Harris and Mr. John Casavecchia, the Oaks Cloister has the distinction of achieving historical certification as one of Pennsylvania’s treasured landmarks. To read more about the owners’ careful restoration of the Oaks Cloister and the art housed therein, click here.
About our Honorary Chair Julia Wolfe
Drawing inspiration from folk, classical, and rock genres, Julia Wolfe’s music brings a modern sensibility to each while simultaneously tearing down the walls between them. Her music is distinguished by an intense physicality and a relentless power that pushes performers to extremes and demands attention from the audience. In the words of the Wall Street Journal, Wolfe has “long inhabited a terrain of [her] own, a place where classical forms are recharged by the repetitive patterns of minimalism and the driving energy of rock.”
Wolfe has collaborated with theater artist Anna Deveare Smith, architects Diller Scofidio+Renfro, filmmaker Bill Morrison, Ridge Theater, director Francois Girard, Jim Findlay, and choreographer Susan Marshall among others. Her music has been heard at BAM, the Sydney Olympic Arts Festival, Settembre Musica (Italy), Theatre de la Ville (Paris), Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and has been recorded on Cantaloupe, Teldec, Point/Universal, Sony Classical, and Argo/Decca. In 2009 Wolfe joined the NYU Steinhardt School composition faculty. She is co-founder of New York’s music collective Bang on a Can.