Finding connections between the Salons of London and Philadelphia through music for trumpets and fortepiano
Private salons were a vital part of the music scenes of major cities throughout Europe and the budding United States in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Musicians like Therese Jansen and Thomas Harper held court in London, while John Norton and Francis Johnson made waves in Philadelphia. Johnson, an African-American keyed bugler, violinist, and composer, bridged both worlds, bringing a group of black musicians to perform in celebrations for Queen Victoria's coronation in 1838. In this intimate concert, Chris Belluscio and Sylvia Berry will show off the characteristics of various trumpets paired with a quintessentially English 1806 Broadwood fortepiano. Unique and beguiling, you’ll love these rare instruments.
The PhilaLandmarks Early Music Series debuted last year to a full house with a diverse program featuring members of Grand Harmonie and Philadelphia’s Franklin Quartet. Now in its first complete season, the PhilaLandmarks series brings the historical homes of Philadelphia to life with music.