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December 2018

A French Noel

December 21 @ 12:00 am - December 23 @ 12:00 am
$29 – $49

Experience a pastoral Christmas in 16th c. France – actors from the Helen Hayes Award-winning Happenstance Theater help us bring charming tableaus from a precious noël manuscript to life.

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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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February 2019

Broken Consort

February 1, 2019 @ 12:00 am - February 3, 2019 @ 12:00 am
$25 – $39

A flute, violin, viol, lute and the wire-strung cittern and bandora make up the Elizabethan “broken” or mixed consort. Guests Julianne Baird, soprano, Christopher Morongiello, lute, and Mark Cudek, cittern join Tempesta for late renaissance music by Dowland and Morley, and early baroque consorts by Locke and Lawes.

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Rediscoveries: Festival of American Chamber Music I

February 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd and Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, 19103 United States
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$10 – $30

A project which seeks to illuminate an important but largely neglected body of 20th- and 21st-century chamber music by American composers, with a special focus on composers with ties to Philadelphia.

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March 2019

A Song Everyone Can Sing: A Community Sing featuring VOCES8

March 10, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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In celebration of LiveConnections’ 10th anniversary season, we’re dreaming big about accessibility and inclusion in our city. We’re creating a multi-media music extravaganza where EVERYONE can participate in making music together. Young and old. People of diverse abilities and backgrounds. People who love to sing and people who don’t think they can sing at all.

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Portrait of Augusta Read Thomas

March 23, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gould Rehearsal Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1616 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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$20

Curtis 20/21 performs a selection of works by Curtis’s 2018–19 composer in residence, Augusta Read Thomas.

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The Americas

March 31, 2019 @ 12:00 am - April 1, 2019 @ 12:00 am
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
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$25

Astral Spotlight Artist Jordan Dodson makes his Chamber Orchestra debut displaying the beauty of acoustic and electric guitar. Joining him is COP/ACF’s Steven R. Gerber Composer-in-Residence and Philadelphia Composer Andrea Clearfield as she premieres her new work for electric guitar.

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Rediscoveries: Festival of American Chamber Music II

March 31, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd and Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, 19103 United States
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$10 – $30

A project which seeks to illuminate an important but largely neglected body of 20th- and 21st-century chamber music by American composers, with a special focus on composers with ties to Philadelphia.

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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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