Sounds of the Season

  • December 14

  • @ 10:00am-4:00pm

  • Tickets

Join us for a day of festive music with some of the best regarded performance groups in Philadelphia.

Each of the 6 houses will host one of these premier Philadelphia musical organizations as well as some of the most talented Philadelphia area student musicians. Enjoy all these wondrous sounds while taking in the beauty of the houses decorated for the holidays.

Presented in collaboration with WRTI radio.


PROGRAM DETAILS* (*subject to minor changes) 


Special “SOUNDS of the SEASON SINGERS SHOWCASE” at Mount Pleasant Mansion

Meet & greet with with WRTI classical host Gregg Whiteside, as he introduces:

10:15 – 11:45: The Quintave Singers, all-male choral group

12 – 12:45: Opera Philadelphia performs selections from Handel’s Messiah

1:00 – 3:45: Shamika Byrd and band



Morning  (10:00 am – 12:30 pm)  


Lemon Hill: Bernard Samuels & KB Classic – jazz piano trio with bass & drums

Mount Pleasant: Sounds of the Season Singers Showcase, introduced by WRTI classical host Gregg Whiteside:

Laurel Hill:

  • 10:00 – 11:00: Mary Roth – classical dulcimer
  • 11:00 – 12:30: Little Big Sister Band – 3 sibling singers / songwriters

Woodford: Ministers of Apollo – 18th cent. duet-harpsichord & vocals

Historic Strawberry Mansion: V. Shayne Frederick – solo jazz piano

Cedar Grove: Meet & greet with WRTI classical host Debra Lew Harder, presenting:

soloists from Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra



Afternoon (1:00-3:30 pm)  


Lemon Hill: Meet & greet with WRTI jazz host J. Michael Harrison as he introduces:

International master percussionist Pablo Batista & his Holiday Celebration – Latin jazz quartet

Mount Pleasant: Sounds of the Season Singers Showcase:




Laurel Hill: Larry Tamanini (guitar) & his jazz trio

Woodford: Rob Curto (accordion) & Fish Harmonics – original American roots music

Historic Strawberry Mansion: Mary Roth – classical solo dulcimer

Cedar Grove: Julian Hartwell (piano) and his jazz trio



Participating historic houses include: Cedar Grove, Historic Strawberry Mansion, Laurel Hill Mansion, Lemon Hill Mansion, Mount Pleasant, and Woodford Mansion.

New for 2019! On “Sounds of the Season” and other Special Event Days, PHLASH buses will stop at Ridgeland Mansion for a delicious HOLIDAY LUNCH for only $10, provided by Joshua’s Catering from 11am – 3pm! Includes hot coffee or tea, soup of your choice, sandwich of your choice, and cookies.


Discounted All-House Pass: $35 — includes entry to all 6 participating houses (+ Ridgeland Mansion) as well as house to house transportation via the Holiday Houses Loop powered by PHLASH
Single entry: $8
Lunch Combo: $10

-Children 12 and under admitted free!

-Fairmount Park neighbors receive a generous discount! Enter your zip code as the discount code in the Ticketleap checkout (eligible zip codes: 19130, 19121, 19132, 19129, 19131, and 19104).

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