Seattle Chamber Music Society

James Ehnes, Artistic Director

Patron Trip to Philadelphia //

Music and Art in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, the birthplace of our nation, is home to top museums, spacious parks, beautiful gardens, and stately buildings of red bricks and stone columns. Join SCMS Executive Director Connie Cooper for 5 days of music, history, art, and food in the City of Brotherly Love.

Sofitel Philadelphia
120 South 17th Street (near Rittenhouse Square)
(215) 569-8300

Philadelphia Itinerary

Trip Itinerary:

May 7, 2018 - Arrival in Philadelphia

Welcome to Philadelphia. The local Tour Director will be on hand in the hotel lobby to greet you. Join us for a Welcome Dinner with wine at Davio’s Italian Restaurant. (Dinner)

May 8, 2018 - Philadelphia Historic Tour and Italian Market

Join your local guide this morning for included sightseeing focusing on the important buildings of this historic city, the “Birthplace of the Nation.” Visit major attractions, including Independence National Historical Park, home to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Also visit the Avenue of the Arts, a recently designated area that acknowledges Philadelphia’s artistic and cultural center stretching more than four-and-a-half miles along Broad Street in Philadelphia.

Join your guide for a Walking Food Tour of South 9th Street Italian Market this afternoon with lunch included. (Breakfast, Lunch)

May 9, 2018 - Longwood Gardens and American Philosophical Society

Depart today for a visit to Longwood Gardens with 1,050 acres of flowerbeds, woodlands, and meadows. It is considered one of the premier botanical gardens in the United States. Enjoy a gourmet luncheon at their 1906 Fine Dining Room overlooking the Conservatory and Gardens.

After lunch, return back to the city for a guided tour of the American Philosophical Society, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743 and the home of renowned collections that trace American history and science including Franklin’s personal library books. (Breakfast, Lunch)

May 10, 2018 - Barnes Museum, Curtis Institute, and Philadelphia Orchestra Concert

Experience a docent-led tour of the Barnes Foundation Museum, home to one of the world’s greatest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern European paintings. The collection also includes important examples of African art, Native American pottery and jewelry, Pennsylvania German furniture, American avant-garde painting, and wrought-iron metalwork.

Afterward, we go to The Curtis Institute of Music for lunch with the President (and SCMS violist) Roberto Diaz, and a private tour of the school.

This evening we’ll attend the Philadelphia Orchestra concert at Kimmel Center, with conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin and pianist Helene Grimaud in Dvorak’s Othello Overture, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 4. (Breakfast, Lunch)

May 11, 2018 - Rodin Museum and Chamber Music Concert

Today we visit the Rodin Museum, home to the largest Rodin collection outside of Paris, with over one hundred sculptures and bronze casts of the artist’s greatest works including The Thinker, The Burghers of Calais, and The Gates of Hell.

Later we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner with wine at Estia Restaurant, followed by a Philadelphia Chamber Music Society performance of Brahms’ seminal Sextet for Strings with violinists Pamela Frank and Jaime Laredo, violists Nokuthula Ngwenyama and Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, and cellists Keith Robinson and Sharon Robinson. (Breakfast, Dinner)

May 12, 2018 - Departure from Philadelphia

Departure from Philadelphia after breakfast. (Breakfast)