Perelstein Gallery

3401 Filbert St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

April 1 - 3, 2 pm -9 pm

April 7 - 9, 11 am - 6 pm

Special guests

Tyshawn Sorey: April 1, 5 - 9 pm + April 2, 2 - 6 pm

Dover Quartet: April 1, 3 - 7 pm

Zoë Keating: April 8, 2 - 6 pm + April 9, 10 am - 2pm

Ticket Info

Admission is free. You may come and go as you please, stay for a while or just drop by.


This module references back to Ari Benjamin Meyers’ meta-institutional project Kunsthalle for Music, which was first fully realized at Kunstinstituut Melly (fka Witte de With) in Rotterdam in 2017. This iteration for Rehearsing Philadelphia is an open source version of the project activated by a group of 40 exceptional students from The Curtis Institute of Music and Drexel University, split into four experimental ensembles, who come together in units similar in size to a family or quarantine pod. Under the direction of Mary Javian (Curtis) and Christopher Farrell (Drexel) the ensembles will perform over six days, eight hours a day in an exhibition of musical works drawn from a repertoire or “collection” that includes existing and newly commissioned solos, duets, and group pieces by both composers and visual artists combined with works brought in by the young musicians themselves. The core collection and exhibition score is created by Ari Benjamin Meyers, but in this iteration performed during Rehearsing Philadelphia it is open to daily variations and reconfigurations. In this way Ensemble seeks to question concepts around the classical canon and the traditional concert format, as well issues of accessibility and transparency. Highlights will be a new version of Autoschediasms by Tyshawn Sorey, a newly commissioned work by Zoë Keating and a workshop performance by the Dover Quartet. All three will be present, rehearsing and performing with the ensembles on various days as special guests. The location for this module will be an abandoned building in center city, providing a fitting context for these young musicians given the current atmosphere of economic crisis and uncertainty caused by the pandemic.

Instructors: Christopher Farrell & Mary Javian

Ensemble Leader: Julienne Cormier, Justin Goldsmith, Ying Li, Grace Takeda

Audio Engineer:  Jacob Wolos & Nicholas Rahn

Venue Manager: Shavon Coleman

Special thanks to:

Alan Greenberger

Curtis Orchestra Crew

Perelstein Gallery

Leah Appleton

Andy Meyer @ The Living Sample

Raphael Xavier

School District of Philadelphia

Curtis Orchestra Crew: Raul, Robert & David

Curtis Lenfest Hall Security

Paul Jerue

Gina Renzi

The Rotunda

Chris Totora

Drew Schlegel

Zoë Keating w/ Ensemble