Checchia Legacy Society

By founding this organization in 1986, and serving as Artistic Director for our first 28 years, Anthony P. Checchia changed forever the cultural landscape of this city. Tony also established the values that make this such a special and unique organization: artistic excellence, diverse programming, affordable prices, education and outreach programs, a caring staff, and a welcoming concert environment.  Tony was honored for his lifetime achievements with a permanent plaque (see photo above), that is appropriately placed in front of the Kimmel Center on Philadelphia’s “Walk of Fame.”

We established the Anthony P. Checchia Legacy Society to honor Tony and his extraordinary service in the best way possible—by helping to perpetuate his goals and values for generations to come.

Before the Society was founded, very few great artists and ensembles appeared here. Today, Philadelphia is a major destination for the world’s leading musicians. 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,” the Society is among the largest, most prestigious music presenter in the world today. Over the years, we grew our season from 7 concerts to more than 50 today, while balancing our budget every year.

Every year, the Society also builds and inspires new audiences through its multi-faceted Education Program by arranging for world-class artists to mentor students in a series of master classes and seminars that are held in partnership with area schools, colleges, conservatories, and community arts centers.

Members of the Checchia Legacy Society are listed, in perpetuity, in our seasonal program book and on our website, providing an example of dedicated philanthropy for others. See Planned Giving options here.

If you have questions or would like to join the Anthony P. Checchia Legacy Society, don’t hesitate to contact Patricia Manley, Director of Advancement, by phone at 215-569-8587, or by e-mail at We would love to hear from you!

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.

    • Anonymous (2)
    • 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
    • Robert* and Helen* Buttel
    • 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
    • Martin Heckscher
    • Dr. Jeffrey L. Hough
    • Judith and Richard Hurtig
    • Donald and Dorothy Kardon
    • Herbert and Toni Kestenbaum
    • Vincent Kling
    • Jan Krzywicki and Susan Nowicki
    • Anne Silvers Lee and Wynn E. Lee
    • Carol S. and Howard L. Lidz
    • Andrew Ludasi, in honor of Agnes and Gabor Ludasi
    • Howard M. Magen
    • Philip and Wendy Maneval
    • James McClelland*
    • Kenneth McNeil*
    • Edward A. Montgomery, Jr.
    • Robert E. Mortensen*
    • Andrew and Marjorie Quint
    • Stephen S. Rappoport
    • Kurt W. Reiss*
    • Sevgi B. Rodan
    • Margaret A. Rohdy
    • Jerry* and Bernice Rubenstein
    • Joseph Schatanoff, M.D.*
    • Elias* and Esta Schwartz
    • Meyer and Helen Schwartz*
    • Gussie Spector*
    • Richard D. Stephenson
    • Barrie Trimingham and David Pierson
    • Thomas and Patricia Vernon
    • Robert J. Weiner
    • A. Charles Winkelman, M.D.
    • Richard and Beatrice Wernick
    • Ursule Phaeton Yates
    • Raymond and Joan Zumoff

    * deceased