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Quartet Masterclass with JACK Quartet

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Room 108 Parkway Central Library (Free Library of Philadelphia)

1901 Vine Street

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The Music Department at the Parkway Central Library is delighted to partner with neighboring institution the Barnes Foundation to offer library customers free access to rehearsals of the Barnes Ensemble at the Parkway Central Library. The rehearsals will be part of a 9-day Barnes Ensemble Debut Festival that leads up to a final performance at the Barnes Foundation on October 8. This partnership, in line with the work of Music Department librarians, aims to offer library users the opportunity to discover relationships between different pieces of music, making contemporary classical works more approachable for new audiences.

The Barnes Ensemble is a cutting-edge contemporary music ensemble with the celebrated JACK Quartet—an award-winning contemporary-music foursome comprised of two violinists, a violist, and a cellist—as its core. Its work is inspired by the wall ensembles in the Barnes Foundation’s permanent collection. The Ensemble presents musical works of different cultures and periods, challenging established genres much as Dr. Barnes’s unconventional art ensembles challenged traditional art norms.

During the festival, the Ensemble will hold rehearsal sessions at the Parkway Central Library. Library customers are invited to attend, as audience members, scheduled open rehearsals and master classes, which are free and open to the public at the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street.

About the Free Library of Philadelphia

The Free Library of Philadelphia system, with 54 locations and the Rosenbach, advances literacy, guides learning, and inspires curiosity with millions of digital and physical materials; 25,000 yearly programs and workshops; free public computers and extensive Wi-Fi, including neighborhood Hotspots; and rich special collections, including those at Parkway Central Library and at the Rosenbach. With more than 6 million in-person visits and millions more online annually, the Free Library and the Rosenbach are among the most widely used educational and cultural institutions in Philadelphia and boast a worldwide impact.

About the Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation is a nonprofit cultural and educational institution that shares its unparalleled art collection with the public, organizes special exhibitions, and presents programming that fosters new ways of thinking about human creativity. The Barnes collection is displayed in ensembles that integrate art and objects from across cultures and time periods, overturning traditional hierarchies and revealing universal elements of human expression. Home to one of the world’s finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern paintings—including the largest groups of paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Paul Cézanne in existence—the Barnes brings together renowned masterworks by such artists as Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, and Vincent van Gogh, alongside ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and non-Western art as well as metalwork, furniture, and decorative art.

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