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April 2019

Carol of Words ~ Walt Whitman in Song

April 6, 2019 @ 12:00 am - April 9, 2019 @ 12:00 am

To celebrate the bicentennial of Walt Whitman’s birth and his lasting contribution to American letters and song, Lyric Fest presents concerts with distinct programming of Whitman songs. 

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Mavericks of Minimalism

April 7, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
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$5 – $20

The enchanting final concert of the season, centered around a commissioned work by post-minimalist cross-culturalist, Evan Ziporyn, for string quartet and 4 gamelan players.

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October 2019

Cynthia Raim, piano

October 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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$20

The Chamber Music Society proudly opens their 34th Season with a world-class artist making her 42nd appearance on our series. Cynthia Raim’s wonderfully-crafted recital concludes with Schumann’s early masterpiece: Carnaval, Op. 9, a colorful suite that Franz Liszt assessed as “one of the greatest works I know.”

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November 2019

Marina Piccinini, flute; Tessa Lark, violin/viola; & Michael Thurber, double bass

November 3, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
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$20

“The Heifetz of the flute” (Gramophone), Marina Piccinini, joins the high-energy duo of Lark and Thurber for a genre-bending blend of classical and international folk sounds. Of particular note on this program is the world premiere of a piece by Paul Wiancko whose music the Washington Post lauds as “fresh and full blooded.”

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December 2019

A Czech Christmas

December 6, 2019 - December 8, 2019
$30 – $40

A vocal quartet, trumpets, recorders, strings, organ and theorbo usher in the season with glorious 17th-century music collected by Bishop-Prince Karl II von Liechtenstein-Kastelkorn.

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Vera Quartet & Roberto Díaz, viola

December 12, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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$20

In just three years as an ensemble, the Vera Quartet has earned top prizes at several competitions and is currently part of Astral and quartet-in-residence at the Curtis Institute. Featuring esteemed violist and Curtis President Roberto Díaz, their PCMS debut program showcases Mendelssohn’s late masterpiece: his B-flat Major String Quintet, a work that melds the exuberance of the composer’s celebrated String Octet with the technical and emotive growth of the intervening years.

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March 2020

Mending Wall

March 21, 2020 - March 22, 2020
Bryn Mawr College: Goodhard Hall, McPherson Auditorium, 150 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 United States
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$10

Mending Wall is a fully staged concert exploring the meaning of walls in our world by giving musical form to questions about identity, community, division, and freedom.

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November 2020

Jasper Quartet & Amy Yang, piano

November 22, 2020 @ 3:00 am - 4:30 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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$25

Philadelphia is home to a multitude of astonishingly gifted musicians and ensembles, five of whom (the Jasper Quartet and Musical Fund Society Career Advancement Winner Yang) are highlighted in this creative program dedicated to works by living female composers.

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December 2020

Marcantonio Barone, piano

December 13, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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$25

We are delighted to welcome back to our series a pianist well known for his consummate musicianship and brilliant technique. Marcantonio Barone’s recital features the world premiere of George Crumb’s Metamorphoses (Book II), a work written specifically for him that offers a broad palette of coloristic effects along with Crumb’s unmistakable musical gestures, and an inherent sense of drama coupled with a magical, suspenseful atmosphere.

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January 2021

Curtis Chamber Orchestra w/ Pamela Frank, violin & Tabea Zimmermann, viola [CANCELED]

January 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
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$30

Our annual concert collaboration with the esteemed Curtis Institute of Music spotlights the Curtis Chamber Orchestra with beloved Curtis alumna and violin faculty member Pamela Frank and acclaimed violist Tabea Zimmermann. This conductor-less program opens with Mozart’s magnificent Sinfonia Concertante, followed by Britten’s moving Lachrymae (based on John Dowland’s song Flow my tears) and Tchaikovsky’s beloved Serenade for Strings.

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