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October 2018

Trumpets 5, Music of our Time

October 15 @ 7:30 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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$20

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 @ 7:30 pm
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
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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 @ 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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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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