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!).