PhilaLandmarks has come up with a classy response to the current restrictions on public events: They’ve moved their early music concerts outdoors.
Out by the garden
The organization can make the move because the concerts are normally held in the Powel House, in east Center City, and the house has a garden. An 18th Century townhouse is an appropriate historical setting—a garden concert back then would’ve been a social occasion. PhilaLandmarks is using the pandemic as an opportunity to renew the tradition.
Kicking off the programming on Thursday, September 3, is Kleine Kammermusick, a Baroque wind chamber ensemble that plays on Baroque instruments, playing music associated with queens of the period. They’re a little larger than most chamber groups, and they deploy an instrumental complement that gives them plenty of opportunity for variety and complexity: two flutes, two oboes, a bassoon, a cello, and a harpsichord.
History in the walls
The Powel House is one of four historic buildings maintained by PhilaLandmarks. It was the home of Elizabeth Willing Powel, who was a confidante of George Washington. She and her husband created a major social center during Washington’s administration when the national capital was located in Philadelphia. The guests they entertained included the Washingtons, Benjamin Franklin, the Marquis de Lafayette, and John Adams.
What, When, Where:
PhilaLandmarks will present Dances for Queens on September 3 at 6pm at the Powel House, 244 South 3rd St. Tickets are $20 and are available on the PhilaLandmarks website. Physical distancing is observed, and masks are required. Attendance is limited. The event is BYOB and you can bring your own seating.