Have You Ever Bumped Into Franz Schubert, Joseph Haydn, or Giuseppe Verdi in Fairmount Park?
Among the hundreds of outdoor sculptures that dot Philadelphia’s urban landscape are three classical music masters. But they're not where you might expect to find them.
In Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park, a bust of early 19th-century Austrian composer Franz Schubert, unveiled in 1891, stares down a path flanked by two lions. Not far away, another Austrian, Joseph Haydn, appears to be looking off into the brush that today buffers the park from the Schuylkill Expressway below. And, just around the bend, Giuseppe Verdi is nestled in the trees - a curious cluster of classical composers in a corner that was not always so remote.