14th Annual WinterShelter Benefit Approaches
November 24, 2016
Once again Liebesfreud combines a celebration of Beethoven's birthday with the opportunity for us all to soften the lives of those less fortunate. All donations go directly to Trinity Center's program to house and feed Philadelphia's homeless through these winter months.
This time around, Mark Gigliotti, Shelley Showers and Rob Kesselman, all of Philadelphia Orchestra fame join in the festivities for Beethoven's thoroughly enjoyable 'Septet'.
December 18th @ 6p.m. ~ Please see the 'calendar' page for details.
Liebesfreud's 12th Season on the Horizon
September 18, 2016
Liebesfreud's twelfth season officially begins at 5:30p.m. on September 30th
with quartets by two of music's most gifted and devoted composers in the string quartet genre.
Haydn, known as the father of the string quartet (and the symphony, for that matter) wrote so engagingly for this chamber ensemble. He earned the admiration of Mozart and Beethoven, but by the time he began his final string quartet- op. 103- he realized his powers were beginning to wane so he stopped writing after completing only two movements, noting as he did, "Gone is all my strength; old and weak am I".
Notwithstanding this self-assessment, the work as it exists (like the Schubert "Unfinished" symphony and Mozart [uncompleted] mass both of which the Philadelphia Orchestra perform this week) is a masterpiece and a great gift to music lovers.
Schubert, even though his lifespan was so much shorter than Haydn's, left a truly remarkable legacy as well and it is impossible to imagine the world without his heartrendingly beautiful "Rosamunde" quartet [op. 29] which is the feature work of this one-hour program.
As always- admission is free for concerts in this "Last Fridays" series.
2016 - 2017 Season Announcement
July 14, 2016
Liebesfreud is pleased to announce another season of our "Last Fridays" series at the Art Alliance.
There will be programs in September, October & November of this year, and January, February, March & May of 2017.
We will also continue our tradition of our Annual Beethoven's Birthday concert at the Trinity Center for Urban Life, as a Benefit for the program "WinterShelter" which helps Philadelphia's homeless.
Details to be released in late August.
Thank you, all, and have a great summer!