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~March 22 update~
In March and April, Liebesfreud's free "Last Fridays" concerts will be held at the
First Unitarian Universalist Church
2125 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Join us there on March 26 and April 30!
Details on our Calendar page.
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~ February 1st update ~
The 5th season of our free "Last Fridays" series kicked off with the early op. 18 #1 Beethoven Quartet. Next month features the late, and truly great op. 130. March & April programs are still in the works, but to finish out the spring in May we have the fabulous duo of Dara and Jesus Morales joining us for the gorgeous Brahms Bb major Sextet. Don't miss this one!
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~ October 13th update ~
This season's "Last Fridays" series begins in October with music by Schubert, Ravel and Dohnanyi.
Venue will again be the Art Alliance on Rittenhouse Square.
November's program wraps up our Mendelssohn year with two late works: the op. 81 Quartet and the op.87 Quintet.
December's program occurs mid-month - our 7th annual Beethoven's Birthday celebration.
Details on the Calendar page.
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~ June 11th update ~
Rehearsals begin for our annual Pajama Concert at the Strings International Music Festival in nearby Bryn Mawr. JUNE 19th.
Program in tribute to the genius of Mendelssohn on the 200th anniversary of his birth.
Op. 13 Quartet and the famous Octet (op. 20) with young guest artists from the Festival.
Don't miss it!
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~ December 16th update ~
Beethoven's Birthday [BB]. Liebesfreud's Sixth Annual BB concert netted about $2000 for Trinity Center's Community Outreach Partnership (CORP) which provides food and shelter for (otherwise) homeless men.
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~ November 28th update ~
Annual Beethoven's Birthday [BB] concert (and silent auction) on December 14th @ 5pm. "Last Fridays" series resumes at Art Alliance (free concerts, February-May) on February 27th. Details on 'Calendar' page.
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~ September 1st update ~
Art Alliance hosts Autumn's three free "Last Fridays" concerts. Please see 'Calendar' page for program details.
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~ June 13th update ~
Liebesfreud opens summer activities with Master Class and Annual "Pajama" Concert at Bryn Mawr College on Sunday.
Also, Phil is back from the Orchestra tour to China. An account of his visit to earthquake-affected areas is on the 'News' page.
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~ May 18th update ~
"Last Fridays" series resumes in September. Much appreciation to the Ethical Society and Art Alliance for hosting programs of the past year.
Just a couple public programs presented this summer. Details on 'Calendar' page.
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~April 25th update~
Final "Last Fridays" concert of the spring...
TODAY - 5:15
Philadelphia Art Alliance
(SE corner of Rittenhouse Square)
1-hour program
Free Admission
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~March 25th update~
Last minute concert added...
Philip Kates is joined by pianist, Hugh Sung, in Beethoven "Spring Sonata" and Fritz Kreisler salon pieces.
Ethical Society - Friday - 5:30
1-hour program
Free Admission
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~February 29th update~
This month's 'Quiz' winner was in attendance at today's "Last Friday" concert so it was a special pleasure to personally award Ann Fowser with her prize!
March "Last Friday": date changed to MONDAY, March 31st (Haydn's Birthday). Quartets of Haydn & Beethoven. (details on 'Calendar' page)
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~February 14th update~
The quiz is here and love is in the air.
Find it on the 'Music' page.
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~February 4th update~
"Last Friday" this month with guest, Miles Davis on bass. Dvorak Quintet and a trubute to "Leap Year baby", Gioacchino Rossini: his C major String Sonata.
New venue: First Unitarian Church - 22nd & Chestnut Streets. Please see 'Calendar'
Special edition of monthly quiz appears on Valentines' Day. Give it a try! ##################################################

~December 31st update~
Grateful for a satisfying 2007, Liebesfreud already looks forward to January 25th, our first 'Last Friday' concert of 2008: Quartets of Mozart & Schubert. (see 'calendar' page)
The (almost) monthly 'Quiz' undergoes a couple changes - please look for it again in February

A Happy New Year to all !
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~November 30th update~
Congratulations to Frances Holoman, a student at Oberlin College and a member of its fabulous women's a capella group, "Nothing But Treble". She is November's Trivia Quiz winner.
Also, please mark your datebook with Beethoven's Birthday, December 16th.
Check our 'Calendar' page to see why!
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~November 2nd update~
Mozart's E flat major Divertimento for String Trio takes over this "Last Friday" at the Ethical Society.
(Reminder: monthly quiz to appear in a few days...)
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~October 18th update~
This month enjoy a preview of our "Last Fridays" all-Elgar concert.
Radio station WRTI (90.1 FM) invites Liebesfreud to return to the air waves. WRTI studio "Live Performance"! Thursday, October 25th just after the 2pm news: Hear the middle movement of Elgar's String Quartet.
Then come hear the Violin Sonata and entire Quartet -FREE- at the Art Alliance. Friday, October 26th - 5:30 pm.
Details on the 'Calendar' page.
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~September 27th update~
Well done to Anlin Wang with a near perfect score - 73/75! - on our September Quiz. His second win! Anlin, a Borders gift card is on its way to you.
Liebesfreud fans: Watch for the October Quiz in a few days....
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~September 1st update~
"Last Fridays" begin again!
September 28th - 5:30 - FREE!
click 'Calendar' tab for details
Also...
Try this month's Quiz -
First Prize: $18 Borders Gift Card
click the 'Music' tab to get started
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~July 13th update~
Where is July's Quiz???
On summer vacation (like all the school students who have been the main "players").
Look for its return in September... with...
TRIPLE points!
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~July 1st update~
"Last Fridays" resume in September.
Haydn Quartet op. 76 no. 1 and Mozart Viola Quintet in D major K. 593
Philadelphia Art Alliance on Rittenhouse Square
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~June 1st update ~
"Last Friday" concert this month the same except for 3 things ...
#1 - It's on a Monday! ... the last... June 25th
#2 - Held (as last summer!!) on the campus of Bryn Mawr college*
#3 - Begins at 10 pm!!!
Details on 'Calendar' page
{please remember to play the 'Quiz' - click on 'Music' tab week of June 18th}
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~ May 25th update ~
Congratulations to Robert A. Ellis for his perfect score on May's "quiz", and also to Anlin Wang (nearly perfect). Each will shortly receive his prize.
Thanks to all for playing - please try again next month ...
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~ May 1st update ~
"Last Friday" this month back at the Ethical Society. Details on 'Calendar' page
{remember to play the 'Quiz' - click on 'Music' tab}
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~ April 18th update ~
"Last Friday" this month at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. Details on 'Calendar' page
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~ March 21st update ~
Congratulations to Iliriana Elshani on winning the March Trivia Quiz with a perfect score - the only one!
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~ March 1st update ~
The monthly quiz is now on the website.
This month's theme is "Musical Flowers".
Click on the 'Music' page to play!
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~ February 24th update ~
Congratulations to Anlin Wang and Susan Busch! Each earned a perfect score on February's Trivia Quiz and a gift card to Borders.
Next quiz will appear in a few days.
Next concert (free!) on March 30th.
(Detais on the 'Calendar' page.)
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~ February 10th update ~
If you haven't done so already, please check out - and enter! - February's quiz:
"Love and the World of Classical Music"
Click the 'Music' page tab at left.
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~ January 27th update ~
Our first concert of 2007 is behind us, and we announced a winner in our first ever Trivia Quiz - Dana Shukovsky who had the only perfect score!
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~ January 1st update ~
Happy New Year!
New for 2007 - a monthly music trivia quiz
Great prize, too!
Find the contest by going to the 'Music' page (click tab at left) and then clicking on the word "Quiz" ...
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~ December 26th update ~
We are officially on winter break!
Please mark your calendars for "Last Fridays" - starting again January 26th (Details on 'Calendar' page)
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~ December 16th update ~
Happy Beethoven's Birthday!
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~ November 13th update ~
Join us for 4th Annual Beethoven's Birthday Concert. Details on 'Calendar' page.
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~ October 18th update ~
'Last Fridays' Series next performance on November 24th at Ethical Society - please see 'Calendar' page. (The one-hour program will include 'sneak preview' of December's annual 'Beethoven's Birthday' concert.)
Admission: Free
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~ September 18th update ~
Two Invitations:
Liebesfreud has, again, been invited to perform live on radio station 'WRTI'. The occasion is the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Dmitri Shostakovich. If you miss it on the radio on September 25th...
you can hear it Friday, the 29th (free) at the Ethical Society (please see 'Calendar' page) or...
our second invitation to perform for a Philadelphia Orchestra Postlude event! October 13th, 10:00 pm in Verizon Hall.
In honor of the Shostakovich centenary, the same: the iconic master's String Quartet #6 in Gmajor.
Free with admission to that evening's Philadelphia Orchestra concert. Program: Shostakovich 1st and 2nd Piano Concertos, with Andre Watts and Tchaikovsky Symphony #6 ("Pathetique"). Christoph Eschenbach conducts.
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~ July 4th update ~
Come hear Jennifer Montone, the Philadelphia Orchestra's newly appointed Principal Horn, in her first Philadelphia Chamber Music appearance! The first concert in our new season's "Last Fridays" series continues the observance of this 250th Anniversary Mozart year with the Quintet, K. 407, for Horn and Strings and, in celebration of the Shostakovich centenary, that composer's String Quartet #6 in Gmajor.
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~ June 22nd update ~
Summer is upon us. Just a reminder of our late night, Late Beethoven concert on June 30th (10p.m.) at Bryn Mawr College. A definite bonus: Bass virtuoso Harold Robinson joins us! "Last Fridays" series resumes in September. Please stay tuned!
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~ June 1st update ~
Liebesfreud has been invited to participate in the Kimmel Center's day-long Summer Solstice celebration on Saturday, June 24th. Program will include the sunny Italian Serenade of Hugo Wolf. Check 'Calendar' page for exact time and location. (info also at www.kimmelcenter.org)
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~ May 18th update ~
Once again Liebesfreud is priveleged to share the stage with a principal player from the Philadelphia Orchestra. Harold Robinson joins for Dvorak's Bass Quintet on our June "Last Fridays" program!
(please see 'Calendar' page for more info)
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~ May 1st update ~
Liebesfreud has been invited by Christoph Eschenbach, the Philadelphia Orchestra's Maestro, to perform at a 'Postlude' event in Verizon Hall following the Orchestra's May 17th performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony!
While the Orchestra concert (at 8:00) is sold out, seating (Free Admission!) is available for our 10:00 pm* performance of Beethoven's F major Quartet, op. 135.
* subject to end time of Orchestra concert
(Quartet performance approx. 35 minutes).
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~ April 30th update ~
Beethoven's first published String Quartet, opus 18 #3 in D major, may be the best-known but is one of three masterpieces on Liebesfreud's fifth concert in its "Last Fridays" series on May 26th. The program also includes Rachmaninoff's youthful Romance and Scherzo and a true rarity by Rimsky-Korsakov (both on our CD!)
"Last Fridays":
New - Venue: Philadelphia Ethical Society
Old - Admission cost: Free!
(please see 'Calendar' page)
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~ April 21st update ~
Beethoven's late masterpiece, the String Quartet, opus 135 in F major, will be the featured work on Liebesfreud's fourth concert in its "Last Fridays" series on April 28th. The program opens with Schubert's powerful "Quartetsatz" (opener, also, on our CD!) and Mendelssohn's radiant op. 81 quartet.
"Last Fridays": Same time, same place.
Free admission.
(please see 'Calendar' page)
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~ March 24th update ~
Honor to Haydn on the 274th anniversary of his birth!
The 3rd in our series of six "Last Fridays" concerts: 5:30 pm March 31st at Chambers-Wylie. Program includes Grieg and Wolf selections from "the cd" and Haydn's last completed string quartet, op. 77 #2 in F major. FREE
(details on 'Calendar' page)
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~ February 2nd update ~
* CDs arrive on Fritz Kreisler's birthday!
Available at "Applause" gift shop in Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, on this website - click the "buy" tab - and from CD Baby - www.cdbaby.com/cd/liebesfreud - where you can listen to samples of each selection ~ Enjoy!
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