Investing in the musical life and legacy of Philadelphia

Celebrating 200 Years

June 17, 2019

The Musical Fund Society celebrates its 200th bicentennial anniversary in 2020 with four newly commissioned works by significant American composers and presenting their world premieres with leading Philadelphia ensembles on April 26, 2020, at the Mary Louise Curtis branch of the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia.

The concert will go hand-in-hand with a special exhibit of historic Musical Fund Society memorabilia—including the manuscript of the Bartok third string quartet and a lock of hair from Niccolo Paganini—at the Kislak Center in the University of Pennsylvania Library, and a display of Musical Fund Society-related manuscripts at the Edwin A. Fleisher Collection of The Free Library of Philadelphia. There also are plans for a bicentennial program book.

These exciting events will celebrate music in Philadelphia, from the Society’s inception in 1820 through the present time. The bicentennial celebration will call attention to the Society’s unique role in promoting, supporting and encouraging this rich musical legacy by providing vital opportunities to deserving composers, outstanding performing artists, and regional audiences.


Musical Fund Society Bicentennial: New Commissions from Tania León, Stephen Jaffe, Roberto Sierra, and Augusta Read Thomas was supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit the project page.