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Classical Music c. 1765 -- Where was music headed? Discussion at Powel House!

FREE EVENT AND TOUR: The years 1750 to 1820 are considered by many to be the "Classical Period" of music, characterized by balance, periodicity, contrast, and the first vestiges of the Romantic spirit. In the 1760's, the decade Powell House was built, the new language of the Classical Period was in rapid development, but had not reached its final form.  Where had the new style come from, where was it going?  We'll listen to some music of the period, including some music written in the very year Powel House was built and perhaps discover something of the Age of Enlightenment that survives in the very walls of mansion -- perhaps even a ghost or two?  Steve Schatz, founder of the Philadelphia Classical Music Meetup, will lead an easy to understand one hour discussion and give us the chance to hear some music that laid the groundwork for the great Classical masterworks of the 1780's, 90's -- paving the way for the great Beethoven himself. 

On top of this, after the discussion, enjoy a FREE GUIDED tour of the historic Powel mansion, built 1765 and home of Samuel Powel, the last mayor of Philadelphia under British rule, and the first mayor of the new capital of the United States of America.

About Powel House: Built in 1765 by merchant and businessman Charles Stedman, this elegant Georgian brick mansion was purchased by Samuel Powel in 1769 at the time of his marriage to Elizabeth Willing. Samuel Powel, an important, educated man who had toured the Continent for seven years before settling down, served as the last mayor of Philadelphia under the Crown and was the first mayor of the city after the creation of the United States. Mayor Powel was later dubbed the "Patriot Mayor". Mayor Powel and his wife were well known for their hospitality and frequently entertained such notable guests as George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, and the Marquis de Lafayette."

More about historic Powel House: http://www.philalandmarks.org/powel_history.aspx

Parking is FREE in Center City on Wednesday evenings, even at meters. For this event, feel free to bring your favorite bottle of WHITE wine, beers, spirit, or non-alcoholic beverage to share and enjoy. This event including the tour should be concluded by 8:30, leaving enough time for dinner at an area restaurant. (PS the presenter is headed to Lovash Indian restaurant for their $10.95 buffet!).

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  • Steve S.

    Thanks for all your wonderful comments and feedback. Nearly 50 people turned out to listen to and talk about music from the 1760's on a cold January evening? Wow -- that must be some kind of record. I know the Bach boys: Wilhelm Friedeman, Johann Christian, and brother C.P.E. are all smiling down from above, along with their proud papa.

    January 16, 2014

  • Steve S.

    Thanks all for coming. Hope you had fun and that we can go back to Powel House again.

    January 16, 2014

  • Barbara

    Sounds like it was a great evening. So sorry I could not make it.

    January 16, 2014

  • Arlean

    Nice meeting you Steve. The lecture was fun.

    January 16, 2014

  • Mike W.

    Thank you, Steve. Excellent lecture.

    January 15, 2014

  • Sofya

    very informative and entertaining

    January 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It sounds like it was a fantastic presentation and very informative!
    I hope to attend a classical music presentation or event with our meetup soon.

    January 15, 2014

  • Gwynne

    Steve's presentation was fantastic! Well organized, very edifying and wittily entertaining.

    January 15, 2014

  • donna

    Fantastic!! Steve's presentation was fun informative and interesting. I learned a lot. He presented music that was clearly heard with a history that coincided with the Powels and their house, a fascinating time for our nation and Philadelphia. I had never been in the Powell house before and taking the tour was a real treat.

    1 · January 15, 2014

  • Olga

    Steve, Thank you so much for this enlightening presentation. Awesome!

    1 · January 15, 2014

  • Kay T. A.

    Hi Steve. I made an honest effort to attend but could not find convenient on-street parking and I did not want to pay lot prices. I regret missing what promised to be a most interesting evening.
    For future events, I think it would be helpful if better directions re location/parking are provided. Thanks.

    January 15, 2014

  • Barbara

    I am going to have to cancel my RSVP, Steve and I am truly sorry. I have been hit with a terrible cold and a loud, hacking cough. I don't think it would be wise for me to be in the audience. Please post descriptions of the evening afterward! Want to hear all about it!

    January 14, 2014

    • Barbara

      Thanks, Steve. I have to be better by Monday because I have a ticket for the PCMS concert that night. Right now I am a MESS!

      January 15, 2014

    • Deborah H.

      Hi Barbara--take lots of Vitamin c--maybe 3000mg. It works fine for me. Also try decongestants if you are stuffed up and an expectorant cough medicine to get rid of the cough. Works for me every time.

      January 15, 2014

  • Arlean

    May I bring a friend, and if so, does she have to first join the meetup group before she can attend?

    January 13, 2014

    • Steve S.

      If she's still interested in coming, let me know, I'll add another spot and you can edit your reservation to include a guest.

      January 14, 2014

    • Arlean

      It appears she has a conflict so she will not be joining us. I encouraged her to join this meetup for future events. Thank you.

      January 14, 2014

  • Tomas D.

    Hi, Everyone,
    I was late sending in my RSVP and, like Shakespeare said, "You snooze - you loose." Maybe it wasn't Shakespeare. But the meetup response was that this event is already filled up because I waited too long. If a space opens up I would like to attend so, if anyone who RSVPed has a change of plans, let me know so I can fill the slot. Thanks, Tom

    January 12, 2014

    • Steve S.

      Hi Tom, I just added a spot for you and created a wait list. You're in!

      January 12, 2014

    • Tomas D.

      Yeee-Haaahhhh!

      January 12, 2014

  • Cory F. N.

    This sounds like a great idea for a meet-up, but I have my guitar lesson on Wednesday evenings and I try not to miss them. So, I can only send my regrets, but have a great time, and I will see many of you on the 20th at Alma de Cuba before the concert. Have a great weekend!

    January 10, 2014

  • Kay T. A.

    I live on the Main Line Jennifer.Where could we meet?

    January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would definitely like to make it and learn more about classical music. Would there be anyone I could carpool with that is passing through the Main Line and on their way to Philly?

    January 8, 2014

    • Steve S.

      Hi Jennifer, folks should be able to see you post, hopefully someone is coming the same direction!

      1 · January 8, 2014

  • Steve S.

    Hi folks,

    The Philadelphia Fans of Classical Music also posted this as a meet up -- about 10 have already signed up! This will give you a chance to meet some of the friends from the other main Classical Music meet up group. Many of them are off-the-chart brilliant and I know they'll add to our discussion!

    January 1, 2014

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