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Garden Music with Relâche

Sunday, June 06, 2021 |
2:00PM - 4:00PM ET

The Warden Garden and fountain during the summer.


Warden Garden - Penn Museum


Join Relâche for informal, open-air music in the Penn Museum’s beautiful Warden Garden. Roger Mgrdichian, master of the oud, an ancestor of the European lute, will perform along with Lloyd Shorter (oboe/French horn) and Wes Morton (percussion), exploring global common threads through improvisation of Jim Pepper‘s “Witchi-Tai-To.” 

Relâche has partnered with the Penn Museum over the years to provide free music to visitors. We are deeply grateful for ongoing opportunities to connect with this talented team of musicians and for this moment of re-emergence after a long separation with live audiences.

Roger Mgrdichian holding an oud.

About Relâche

Recognized for its world-class performances of works by leading contemporary composers, Relâche is an international leader in commissioning, presenting, and performing the innovative music of our time. Founded as a composer's collective in 1977 and officially founded as an ensemble in 1979, Relâche is among the oldest continuously operating nonprofit chamber ensembles dedicated to contemporary music in the United States. Relâche continues to invest in the future of new music through its commitment to the work of young and emerging composers. To date, Relâche has performed more than 550 concerts in and around its home city of Philadelphia as well as across the country and the globe, including residencies, festivals, and touring appearances in South America, Japan, and Eastern and Western Europe. Relâche is one of the most stylistically flexible groups on the East Coast and is equally at home playing everything from folk to jazz, and from rock to contemporary classical.

Free and Open to the Public

Museum admission and registration are not required. Guests may sit in the grass or at the courtyard tables to enjoy the original compositions of this group. The Museum recommends that you keep a six-foot distance from those not in your household.