Checchia Legacy Society
By founding PCMS in 1986, and serving as Artistic Director for its first 28 years, Anthony P. Checchia changed the cultural landscape of Philadelphia. He also established the values that guide PCMS: artistic excellence and diverse programming; affordable prices that make the music accessible to everyone; a friendly staff who love the music and wish to share it with others; and a welcoming concert environment.
The Checchia Legacy Society honors Tony’s unique service to musicians, our city, this region, and this art form, while helping to ensure the future of PCMS.
Before PCMS, very few international chamber groups and recitalists appeared here. Today, Philadelphia is a major destination for the world’s leading ensembles, instrumentalists, and singers. Cited by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “a cultural gem rooted in quality” with a season that “would be the envy of any city from Tokyo to Vienna”, PCMS is among the largest and most prestigious chamber music presenters in the United States. From its first season of seven concerts, PCMS now programs more than 100 concerts and educational events each season and boasts a balanced operating budget.
PCMS builds new audiences through its extensive Education Program by arranging for world-class artists to mentor students in master classes and seminars held in partnership with area schools, colleges, conservatories, and community arts centers.
Members of the Anthony P. Checchia Legacy Society will be listed in all PCMS publications in perpetuity, helping to set an example of dedicated philanthropy for others. See Planned Giving options here.
If you have questions or would like to become a member of the Anthony P. Checchia Legacy Society, please contact Patricia Manley, Director of Advancement, by phone at 215-569-8587, or by e-mail at [email protected].
Members of the Anthony P. Checchia Legacy Society
The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society gratefully acknowledges the members of the Anthony P. Checchia Legacy Society for their commitment to world-class chamber music for future audiences and artists.
Andrea M. Baldeck, M.D.
Peter A. Benoliel and Willo Carey
Jane A. Berryman
Jack and Helen Bershad
Julian and Lois Brodsky
Anthony P. Checchia and Benita Valente
CHG Charitable Trust, as recommended by Carole Haas Gravagno
Cynthia W. Cooke, M.D.
Gordon B. Fink, M.D.
Sonya C. Garfinkle
Fred* and Linda Burnett Goldman
Bruce Jay Gould, M.D.
Carole Haas Gravagno
Dr. Jeffrey L. Hough
Donald and Dorothy Kardon
Jan Krzywicki and Susan Nowicki
Anne and Wynn Lee
Carol S. and Howard L. Lidz
Philip and Wendy Maneval
Edward A. Montgomery, Jr.
Robert E. Mortensen
Andrew and Marjorie Quint
Stephen S. Rappoport
Margaret A. Rohdy
Jerry and Bernice Rubenstein
Elias and Esta Schwartz
Meyer and Helen Schwartz*
Richard D. Stephenson
Richard and Beatrice Wernick