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November 2016

Ilya Poletaev, piano

November 30, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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$25

Making his PCMS debut, Ilya Poletaev enjoys a multifaceted career as both a classically trained pianist and as a performer on early keyboards. A pianist with an inquisitive mind, he embraces a wide range of repertoire choices and performance practices ranging from the 16th to the 21st century. The Philadelphia Inquirer recently praised Poletaev’s Kimmel Center debut as an “interpretation of considerable individuality” demonstrating “lively imagination” and “unfailingly gorgeous tone.” Bach: Overture in the French Style in B Minor, BWV…

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January 2017

Ben Wager, bass and Jeffrey Miller, piano

January 18, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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$25

“A hugely compelling vocal and theatrical presence” (Philadelphia Inquirer), 2009 Academy of Vocal Arts graduate Ben Wager makes his PCMS debut with a program highlighted by Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel. Written between 1901 and 1904, this work represents Vaughan Williams’s first major foray into song writing. Drawn from a volume of Robert Louis Stevenson poems of the same name, the cycle offers a rather different take on the idea of the wayfarer cycle. Stevenson’s world-weary yet resolute traveler shows…

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February 2017

Julietta Curenton, flute; Karen Slack, soprano; Lura Johnson, piano

February 3, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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$18

Poulenc: Flute Sonata Ravel: La Flûte enchantée Caplet: Viens! Une flûte invisible soupire Delibes: Le Rossignol Widor: Flute Sonata, Op. 34, No. 1 Wertheim: Trois Chansons for soprano, flute, and piano Messiaen: Le Merle noir Jolivet: Chant de Linos

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April 2018

Natalie Zhu, piano

April 10, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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$20

The recipient of a 2006 Musical Fund Society Career Advancement Award and the 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant, pianist Natalie Zhu is a regular favorite with PCMS audiences.  She returns in a solo recital with works by Mozart, Schumann, Chopin and Beethoven, which is sure to be a display of “emotional and pianistic pyrotechnics” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).

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May 2018

Nitzan Haroz, trombone, and Gloria Kim, piano

May 6, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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$20

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Trombone Nitzan Haroz presents the first-ever PCMS concert showcasing the trombone. The Israeli-born trombonist is an active chamber musician, having performed with the New York, Philadelphia, and Israel brass ensembles; the Rishon-Le Zion Brass Quintet; and many other chamber groups. He is joined by pianist Gloria Kim and a quartet of trombones in this very special PCMS debut.

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October 2018

Trumpets 5, Music of our Time

October 15, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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Principal Trumpets David Bilger (Philadelphia Orchestra) and Thomas Rolfs (Boston Symphony) are joined by their colleagues Jeffery Curnow, Anthony Prisk, Benjamin Wright, and pianist Susan Nowicki in a program featuring solo works and pieces for various combinations of trumpets written since 1945.

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Piffaro; PRISM; and Hyunah Yu, soprano

October 17, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
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$20

Two world-renowned ensembles and a sensational soprano collaborate in the world premiere of a new song cycle by Philadelphia composer David Ludwig, chair of composition at the Curtis Institute. The Anchoress is a monodrama that imagines the life of a medieval mystic, merging the sounds of ancient and modern worlds to explore issues of faith, isolation, and social power.

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December 2018

Curtis Chamber Orchestra w/ Andrew Grams, conductor

December 2, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
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$20

For over two decades, the Curtis Chamber Orchestra has been appearing with PCMS, spotlighting this esteemed conservatory’s best and brightest talent in large-ensemble repertoire. A program of classical and romantic works offers Mendelssohn’s Midsummer’s Night Dream Overture, Haydn’s singular Drumroll Symphony, and a late, unfinished masterpiece by Schubert.

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January 2019

Xavier Foley, double bass, and Sejoon Park, piano

January 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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$20

“The double-bass world could use Xavier Foley. He is not only a standout player but also has the bright spark of a composer” (Philadelphia Inquirer). Foley’s PCMS recital debut offers a wide-ranging program of well-known works alongside his own arrangements and compositions, augmented by the “gorgeously clear but rounded sound” (Philadelphia Inquirer) of fellow Astral artist Sejoon Park.

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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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