Checchia Legacy Society

PCMS Founder Anthony P. “Tony” Checchia, shown here with Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson on October 19, 2016, holds the “Walk of Fame” plaque that was installed in front of the Kimmel Center on the Avenue of the Arts. The Philadelphia Music Alliance honors artists who have had enormous impact on the musical life in our city. PCMS is a founding Resident Company of the Kimmel Center, and is the Center’s curator of chamber music.


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.

Martha B. and Alexis Barron

David Basedow

Peter A. Benoliel and Willo Carey

Meg and Roger Berlin

Jane A. Berryman

Jack and Helen Bershad

Jane Biberman

Julian and Lois Brodsky

Diana Burgwyn

Pauline Candaux

Anthony P. Checchia and Benita Valente

CHG Charitable Trust, as recommended by Carole Haas Gravagno

Cynthia W. Cooke, M.D.

Margaret S.G. Cooke

Peggy and Mark Curchack

Gordon B. Fink, M.D.

Sonya C. Garfinkle

Gwen and Al Gilens

Fred* and Linda Burnett Goldman

Bruce Jay Gould, M.D.

Carole Haas Gravagno

Pearl and Larry Grika

Dr. Jeffrey L. Hough

Donald and Dorothy Kardon

Herbert and Toni Kestenbaum

Jan Krzywicki and Susan Nowicki

Anne and Wynn Lee

Carol S. and Howard L. Lidz

Andrew Ludasi

Howard M. Magen

Philip and Wendy Maneval

James McClelland

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*

Gussie Spector*

Richard D. Stephenson

Barrie Trimingham and David Pierson

Thomas and Patricia Vernon

A. Charles Winkelman, M.D.

Richard and Beatrice Wernick

Ursule Phaeton Yates

Raymond and Joan Zumoff

* deceased

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