Dickens Christmas Party

Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Special EventsCelebrate this holiday season by attending the Mansion’s Dickens Christmas Party. Santa Claus will be on hand from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm to hear wish lists from children. Take home a photo of your child with Santa as a remembrance of the afternoon. Children have the opportunity to create an ornament featuring a photo with Santa Claus.

Throughout the afternoon, Touch of Classics Victorian Carolers will perform holiday favorites such as “Sleigh Ride,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Winter Wonderland.” Musical interludes will be interspersed with Victorian Theatre presentations. At 2:00 pm, actress Christina Higgins as Louisa May Alcott will perform one of Alcott’s stories, “Tilly’s Christmas.” And then at 3:15 pm, Mansion favorite, Josh Hitchens, will perform his compelling one-man show of Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Hitchens premiered this one-man performance at the Mansion in December 2009.

Christmas cookies and punch will be served in the Mansion’s historic 1860s kitchen.

COST: $20, children 12 & under: $10 Make reservations online or call 215-438-1861 to purchase tickets. Reservations are strongly suggested.

Victorian Musicale

“Song of the Wrens” by Arthur Sullivan with words by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is pleased to present operatic soprano, Rebecca Broberg, and accomplished pianist, John Silva, for an exceptional performance of “Song of the Wrens” by Arthur Sullivan with words by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

George Grove, the secretary of the Crystal Palace, originally suggested a collaboration between Tennyson and Sullivan on a German-style song cycle, in English, but similar to Schubert’s De Schöne Müllerin. Grove was a friend of Sullivan’s and an early promoter of his music. An English-language narrative song cycle, like Schubert’s, was a novelty. On October 17, 1866, Grove and Sullivan dined with Tennyson at his home on the Isle of Wight, where they began to discuss the piece.

The songs were finally published early in 1871 and included twelve poems written by Tennyson, eleven of which Sullivan had set to music.

John Silva
Rebecca Broberg

Cost: $35, Member cost: $30
Purchase tickets ONLINE or call 215-438-1861. Reservations are required.