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Laurel Hill: Jack McCarthy "Music of Antebellum Philadelphia"

Music historian Jack McCarthy presents the "Music of Antebellum Philadelphia" – the years between 1820 to 1860 – and includes archival images and recorded examples that highlight the era's leading performing artists and composers, musical organizations and ensembles, concert halls and music venues. 

A long-time archivist and historian, Jack McCarthy has a master’s degree in music history and specializes in Philadelphia music history. He has served as consulting archivist/historian to the Philadelphia Orchestra and for the 2013 radio documentary Going Black: The Legacy of Philly Soul Radio. Jack gives walking tours on Philadelphia music history and writes on the topic for the on-line magazine Hidden City Philadelphia Daily. He is currently project director for Historical Society of Pennsylvania‘s Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR).

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These programs are part of a series of 2015 lectures hosted by the City of Philadelphia's Parks & Recreation (PP&R) Department and held at various historic house museums in Fairmount Park. Cost of each program is $15; free for students with accompanying adult. Light refreshments served. Free parking.

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