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Bernstein, Bates & Friends

Sunday, December 09, 2018 - 3:00 PM

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

  • Leon Bates - Chopin Sonata in B-flat Minor

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This concert is part of the Social Series. Click here to learn more about the free tasting paired with this concert.

Pianist Leon Bates, whose career has spanned almost 50 years since his student days at Settlement Music School and Temple University’s Boyer College of Music, has announced his retirement from concert touring for medical reasons. The Society honors his legacy with a program entitled Bernstein, Bates & Friends, which will feature more than a dozen musicians who Leon has mentored, or with whom he has collaborated throughout his amazing five-decade career.

Ahn Trio; Portland String Quartet; Borealis Wind Quintet; Louise Toppin, soprano; Dynasty Battles, piano; Joseph Joubert, piano


Bernstein: Piano Trio [Ahn Trio]
Walker: Piano Sonata No. 1 [Dynasty Battles, piano]
Lefebvre: Suite for Wind Quintet, Op. 57 [Borealis Wind Quintet]
Ives: String Quartet No. 1 [Portland String Quartet]
Gershwin: Selection of Songs TBA [Louise Toppin, soprano and Joseph Joubert, piano]


Note this program replaces the Leon Bates-Michelle Cann program originally scheduled for this date.

This concert is supported by The Presser Foundation.

Leon Bates will give a master class for students at Settlement Music School (Curtis Branch) on Saturday, December 8, 4-6 pm.

Leon Bates, piano

As one of America’s leading pianists, Leon Bates has earned for himself a place on the international concert circuit. His performance schedule includes dates across the United States, in Canada, Italy, France, Austria, Ireland, England as well as Africa. He is invited to perform on the major concert stages around the world and audiences and.

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American Philosophical Society

Address: Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

  Benjamin Franklin Hall is a 375 seat auditorium offering plaza level and balcony seating.  All concerts at this venue are general admission seating.  Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance. There are many historic elements to the building.  Designed in the Italianate style, it features a visually striking white marble façade and an impressive collection of…more info