Benoliel Arts & Culture Series

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The Benoliel Art and Culture Series at the Templeton Honors College was established to ensure that future Templeton scholars will enjoy access to the very highest quality fine and performing arts as a part of their liberal arts education at Templeton. Peter A. Benoliel is Chairman Emeritus of Quaker Chemical Corporation and a longtime friend of the Templeton Honors College. Mr. Benoliel served as CEO of Quaker for 25 years, on a number of corporate and philanthropic boards in addition to being the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (1989-1992). He continues to be an avid student of the liberal arts and an enthusiastic violinist.

Speaking of what motivated him to establish this series, Mr. Benoliel writes, “Among my earliest memories is the ecstasy I felt on hearing classical music, followed by the thrill of going to Philadelphia Orchestra concerts at age 7. It was not many years later that I attended live theater – Walter Hampton in The Patriots and Ethel Barrymore in How Green Was My Valley. Ballet and opera performances followed in my adolescent years. I cannot begin to describe the pleasure and happiness that pervades my being as I experience the performing arts – igniting my intellect, touching my heart and exalting my spirit. The purpose of this Series is to afford students similar experiences to complement their studies, thus to have another window on man’s creativity and the human condition.”


Fall 2017 – Spring 2018 Benoliel Arts & Culture Series:

Please plan to arrive at least half an hour early to any of these events. 1 HF credit each.

Date Event
9/24/17 (2:30 PM) The Magic Flute, presented by the Philadelphia Opera at the Academy of Music
10/18/17 (8:00 PM) A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, presented by the Walnut Street Theater
11/18/17 (8:00 PM) Haydn’s Seasons, performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center
12/1/2017 (7:00 PM) Handel’s Messiah, presented by the Vox Ama Deus Ensemble at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill
12/3/2017 (4:00 PM) Handel’s Messiah, presented by the Vox Ama Deus Ensemble at Daylesford Abbey, Paoli
1/20/18 (2:00 PM) Copenhagen, presented by the Lantern Theater Company
2/1/18 (7:30 PM) Beethoven’s 5th with Eschenbach, performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center
3/11/18 (2:00 PM) Swan Lake, presented by the Pennsylvania Ballet Company at the Academy of Music
4/11/18 (7:00 PM) The Tempest, presented by the Lantern Theater Company