"These aren't your typical collaborations. LiveConnections ... creates synergy between Philadelphia-area musicians and other talent that would normally be unlikely bedfellows."
Philadelphia Magazine, 2015

Philadelphia Weekly, 2014



Are you ready for adventurous musical collaborations?

Prefer your cutting-edge music in an intimate venue with a cocktail in hand?

Our LiveConnections Presents concert series (formerly ClassicAlive) features collaborative concerts especially for adventurous music-lovers.  The performances provide the opportunity for musicians to create distinctive, boundary-crossing music, frequently involving new commissions and world premieres. Our partner venue World Cafe Live provides a relaxed atmosphere for audiences to experience cutting-edge compositions and innovative music.

Curated by double bassist Mary Javian, the concerts highlight LiveConnections’ distinctive cross-genre collaborations and interest in reaching new audiences. Programs typically pair classically trained musicians with artists from diverse genres, including rock, hip-hop, spoken word, traditional Arab music, dance and Brazilian percussion. LiveConnections initiates the partnerships and works with the artists to craft the programs and select repertoire. Importantly, several of the partnerships introduced by LiveConnections have resulted in ongoing collaborations between the artists and ongoing relationships with LiveConnections.

Our concert artists frequently participate in our educational Bridge Sessions as well, providing opportunities for youth to hear the same music as concert-going adults.

Check out our current season.









2014-2015: Performer-Songwriters


2013-2014: The Soloists


2012-2013: The Collaborators



  • Sixth Floor Trio
  • The Dali Quartet with Alô Brasil’s Alex Shaw
  • Network for New Music with spoken word poets Lamont “Napalm” Dixon and Jeanne McGinn
  • Serafin String Quartet
  • Indie-rocker Andrew Lipke with the Carpe Diem String Quartet


Latest News: Concerts

Yo-Yo Ma Silk Road Ensemble’s Kinan Azmeh Joins Forces with Aizuri Quartet for LiveConnections Season Finale

March 7, 2018 — LiveConnections' May 31 concert will feature brand new music and a global array of musical languages, as part of LiveConnections' 10th Anniversary celebrations.


LA Opera’s Elizabeth Zharoff and Award-Winning Double Bassist Xavier Foley Team Up to Premiere Video Game Music at LiveConnections

April 25, 2017 — On June 2, two Curtis Institute grads will present an evening of classical tunes and original video game compositions at LiveConnections, in residence at World Cafe Live.


Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Bassist John Patitucci Teams Up With Daedalus Quartet In Philadelphia

March 8, 2017 — LiveConnections presents the unique pairing of John Patitucci and Daedalus Quartet on April 18 (during Philly Celebrates Jazz month), featuring world premieres of newly-commissioned music.


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