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January 2019

Ricardo Morales, clarinet, and Natalie Zhu, piano

January 28, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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$20

Ricardo Morales and Natalie Zhu never fail to delight us with their incredible virtuosity and deeply-felt musicianship. The principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra displays “utterly natural musical grace, and the lyricism and breath control of a fine opera singer” (New York Times) while Zhu—making her 20th appearance with the Society—is a sensitive pianist with an incredible command of her sound.

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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

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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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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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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March 2021

Jason Vieaux, guitar & Clancy Newman, cello

March 26 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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$25

Making his eighth appearance on the PCMS stage, Grammy-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux has been lauded as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation” (NPR). For his return to Benjamin Franklin Hall, he teams up with Clancy Newman, a cellist whose musical acumen and superb technique have been praised time and again. “Newman’s exceptional technique seeks not to scintillate but integrate” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

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April 2021

Formosa Quartet & Cynthia Raim, piano [CANCELED]

April 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
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$30

In its PCMS debut, the Formosa Quartet offers a concert of beloved masterworks and new musical arrangements. Dvořák’s famed “American” quartet opens the program, and Philadelphia favorite Cynthia Raim joins the ensemble to conclude the afternoon with Schumann’s fiery Piano Quintet. The “Formosa Quartet Set” includes a spontaneous combination of pieces in the spirit of world, folk, and jazz music that the musicians themselves have curated for the concert.

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May 2021

Francesca dePasquale, violin & Reiko Uchida, piano

May 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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$25

After her highly successful PCMS recital debut, Francesca dePasquale returns to our series with a newly-created program that combines works by Mozart, Szymanowski, and Fauré with a suite of three world premieres. Based on Pablo Neruda’s book of poetry On the Blue Shore of Silence/Poems of the Sea, all three works in the suite will be paired with visual art by Johanna Andruchovici.

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