PECO Family Jams: Music Boxes with Phyllis Chen

Sunday, July 8th

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Inspired by Isaiah Zagar’s mosaics, musician and composer Phyllis Chen is working with the community to create a 400-foot music box strip for a performance in Philadelphia this September. During this hands-on family workshop, each participant will create a one-foot section of Phyllis’ music box mosaic. We will explore music boxes and create music by drawing on and punching holes in special music box paper.

On September 22 and 23, the strip will wind around the historic Christ Church property in Old City, one part of In Plain Air, a work by Phyllis and composer Nathan Davis for the church’s new pipe organ, dedicated this May. Performances of In Plain Air by the International Contemporary Ensemble are free, making it possible for all participants in this workshop to attend and hear/see the community artwork we will be creating together!

Phyllis Chen is a pianist, toy pianist, composer, educator, and curator, whose musical interests have led in numerous directions as a soloist and collaborative artist. She is dedicated to performing and promoting new works to engage audiences in concerts and educational programs. Described as “a dazzling performer who wrings novel sounds from the humble toy piano,”(NY Times) and “a bold pianist with an excellent sense of color” (LA Times), Phyllis is the founder of the UnCaged Toy Piano, an annual toy piano composition competition and biennial festival in NYC. As a composer, she has received commissions and grants from the Singapore International Festival of the Arts, Fromm Music Foundation, NYSCA, New Music USA, Baryshnikov Arts Center, A Far Cry, Opera Cabal, and others. Phyllis has released five albums, including three solo albums. Her fifth album, Nature of Thingness (Starkland), featuring chamber works by Phyllis and Nathan Davis, won the 2016 Independent Music Award for best Contemporary Classical album.

Major support for In Plain Air has been provided to Christ Church Preservation Trust by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage with additional support from Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation and Arthur Judson Foundation.

PECO Family Jams are PMG’s one-of-a-kind, family-oriented programs, featured every second Sunday of the month between NOON and 4:00 PM. Drop in with the whole gang for a variety of hands-on workshops and free kid-friendly tours at 1:00 PM & 2:30 PM. All PECO Family Jams activities are free with admission.

Location Details

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Location Address

1020 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147