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The Frances Suite

The Frances Suite is a new musical and poetic work by noted Philadelphia composer Ruth Naomi Floyd exploring the life of abolitionist, suffragist, and writer Frances Ellen Watkins Harper. Taking place in Frances’ adopted hometown of Philadelphia, The Frances Suite illuminates Frances’ visionary work and words, sharing a vital vision of Black womanhood, creativity, and […]

Joycean Perspectives

Settlement Music School 416 Queen St., Philadelphia, PA

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, Network collaborates with The Rosenbach to present a new song cycle based on select passages from the novel by Grammy Award-winning composer Lansing McLoskey. Titled One Book Called Ulysses and scored for voice and sinfonietta, this special commission will be featured alongside […]

$10.00 – $20.00

The Book of Dawkins Songs

Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill 8855 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA

An expression of belief about the nature of life, and the joy we can find in understanding it, told through Richard Dawkins’ decidedly secular world view, paradoxically organized by David in the shape of a Christian Mass. Sumptuous Planet: A Dawkins Mass captures the famed biologist’s thoughts on the magnificence and staggering beauty of nature, […]

$20.00 – $35.00

George Crumb, A Celebration

Lang Concert Hall 500 College Ave, Swarthmore, PA

The Swarthmore College of Music and Dance with Chamber Orchestra First Editions present a celebration of George Crumb and his music on Sunday, October 23, 2022. The program includes his two very last works: Metamorphoses II, for solo piano performed by Marcantonio Barone Kronos – Kryptos, for percussion quintet Area Premiere The concert is of […]

Merz Trio Lucy Fitz Gibbon, soprano

American Philosophical Society 427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

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 […]

Curtis Opera Theatre Eric Owens, bass-baritone

American Philosophical Society 427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

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 […]

Dynasty Battles, piano

American Philosophical Society 427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

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, […]

JACK Quartet Julietta Curenton, flute

American Philosophical Society 427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

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 […]

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

American Philosophical Society 427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

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 […]