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2019-20 Concert Season

Sunday November 17th 2019, 3 pm

Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College:

Gatokaca: Light of the Future

A Collaborative Performance of a Balinese Shadow Play (Wayang Kulit)

Created and performed by The Brothers Campur, Gamelan Semara Santi, and the Indonesian Cultural Club of Delaware.  

Co-directed by Ian Coss, Lidya Darmawan, Matt Elkins, Ni Luh Kadek Kusuma Dewi, Sam Gold, Putu Rekayasa, I Nyoman Suadin, Thomas Whitman, and Panji Wilimantara

Admission: free; families with children are welcome

This performance will be live-streamed via this link.


Friday December 6th, 8 PM and
Sunday December 8th, 7:30 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College. Admission: free.

World premiere production of Cassandra: a Chamber Opera in Two Acts (2019). This opera revisits the myth of Cassandra, a seer whose curse was that no one would believe her prophecies. Performed by students from the Department of Music and Dance. Presented with support from the Office of the President, Swarthmore College.

Libretto by Nathalie Anderson

Music by Thomas Whitman

Stage direction by Elizabeth Stevens

Musical direction by Shira Samuels-Shragg

Admission: free

These performances will be live-streamed via this link.

Wednesday December 11th, 6 PM

IBC – 619 South Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 

Javanese Liwetan (feast) Fundraiser for the Philadelphia Folklore Project..  This will include an informal performance by Gamelan Gita Santi, a new Balinese Gamelan Angklung directed by Whitman.  Presented by Modero Dance and the Philadelphia Folklore Project.

For tickets, click here.

Friday December 13th, 7:30 PM and
Saturday December 14th, 7:30 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College.
Winter concerts of the Chester Children’s Chorus. Will include the world premiere of Whitman’s At Night / At Dawn for SATB chorus (2019).
Admission: free; families with children are welcome

Sunday December 15th, 5 PM

From Bali to Bala Art Show and Exhibition

8532 Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA 19119

“Gamelan Music from Bali” performed by five members of Gamelan Semara Santi, directed by Tom Whitman 

Evite –

Admission: free; families with children are welcome

Saturday January 10th, 2020,  1:30 PM

George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

World premiere of Whitman’s Four Bagatelles for Flute and Alto Saxophone (2018) by Duo Vercio at the 42nd International Saxophone Symposium.

Saturday February 29th, 7 PM – POSTPONED

Settlement Music School, Mary Louise Curtis Branch

416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Ben and Carol Auger Ensemble for Contemporary Music, coached by Linda Reichert as part of Settlement’s Advanced Study Program, will perform Whitman’s Scherzando for Piano Quartet (2003).


Sunday April 5th 2020, 3 PM – CANCELLED

Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College

Spring Concert of Gamelan Semara Santi with the Indonesian Cultural Club of Delaware

Traditional and Modern Music and Dance from Bali, Indonesia. Co-directed by Lidya Darmawan, Ni Luh Kadek Kusuma Dewi, I Nyoman Suadin, and Thomas Whitman.

Admission: free; families with children especially welcome.

This concert will be live-streamed via this link.


Wednesday May 13th, 2020, 6:30 PM – POSTPONED

Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122 

Jubilee Concert of Play on Philly: will include the premiere of a new work by Whitman for youth orchestra. Free and open to the public.


Tuesday June 16th, 2020, 8 PM: – POSTPONED

Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W. 69th Street, New York City

Premiere of a Immigrant Portraits for string orchestra by Whitman, commissioned by North/South Consonance in honor of its 40th anniversary. Free and open to the public.

Poem… uses the chamber ensemble as smoothly as a capella voices. Its melodic questions and answers are direct, its textures uncluttered, and the work is admirable for its unity of purpose.

Thomas Whitman’s Romanza … [is] solidly within the Philadelphia school of inside-and-outside the piano color and an abundance of whole tones. His attention to long melody helps to establish his own voice within this context in a very convincing and arresting work, sounding at times like some cross-bred time-warp offspring of George Crumb in the late 19th century.

– 20th Century Music, November 1998, reviewing the North/South Consonance recording

Thomas Whitman’s (b. 1960) Aubade for solo English horn, double bass, piano, and three percussionists is lovely atmospheric evocation of the hours prior to sunrise. Wisps and dots of sound surround the English horn a what sound like fleeting allusions to other musical dawns, sunrises, and daybreaks flit by.