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October 2022

Merz Trio Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano

October 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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The Merz Trio has made a sweep of recent US chamber awards, having taken top prizes at the 2021 Naumburg, 2019 Concert Artists Guild, and 2019 Fischoff Competitions. For its PCMS debut, the Trio joins forces with Lucy Fitz Gibbon—a soprano noted for her “dazzling, virtuoso singing” (Boston Globe)—for a program that includes songs by James Primosch, a world premiere by Philip Maneval, and beloved instrumental works by Brahms and Ravel. A Concert in Celebration of James Primosch (1956-2021) Primosch:…

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December 2022

Curtis Opera Theatre Eric Owens, bass-baritone

December 4 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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A master of his craft, bass-baritone Eric Owens “speaks to you even in his silences… and shakes you when he sings” (Chicago Sun-Times). An alumnus of the Curtis Institute, where he is now Director of Vocal Studies and the Curtis Opera Theatre, the Philadelphia native and opera superstar leads a group of exceptional young singers in a program encompassing Brahms’s Romantic Neue Liebeslieder and a range of operatic repertoire. Program includes Brahms’s Neue Liebeslieder, Op. 65 and a selection of…

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Dynasty Battles, piano

December 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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Philadelphia native Dynasty Battles once performed George Walker’s Piano Sonata No. 1 in a private engagement at the composer’s home. In his PCMS recital debut, this visionary young pianist celebrates the centenary of the first Black composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music, performing two of Walker’s groundbreaking piano sonatas alongside works by Beethoven, Bach, and Hindemith. Celebrating George Walker Beethoven: Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110 Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier (Sel.) interspersed with Hindemith: Ludus Tonalis (Sel.) Walker:…

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January 2023

JACK Quartet Julietta Curenton, flute

January 25, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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Possessing a “tone that draws in one’s ear with sounds and ideas that simply cannot be resisted” (Philadelphia Inquirer), flutist Julietta Curenton joins “leading new-music foursome” (New York Times) the JACK Quartet in a concert that includes the Philadelphia premiere of Iranian composer Aida Shirazi’s Vestiges. The program concludes with John Zorn’s Nachträglichkeit, a work for string quartet and flute that is full of surprises, from extremely quiet moments to unexpected, fast blows. Burhans: Contritus Lachenmann: Quartet No. 2, Reigen…

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February 2023

Philippe Tondre, oboe Roberto Díaz, viola Amy Yang, piano

February 8, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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Lauded for the elegance and power of his playing, Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Oboe Philippe Tondre debuts on our series in the company of two Philadelphia favorites: Roberto Díaz—the President and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music and former principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra—and pianist Amy Yang, a “jaw-dropping pianist who the show… with effortless finesse” (Washington Post). Schumann: Three Romances, Op. 94 Loeffler: Deux Rhapsodies Brahms: Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2 Klughardt: Schilflieder, Op. 28

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