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January 2021

Curtis Chamber Orchestra w/ Pamela Frank, violin & Tabea Zimmermann, viola [CANCELED]

January 12, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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, 2021 @ 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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Jasper String Quartet & Sarah Shafer \ soprano

May 26, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 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 Sarah Shafer) are highlighted in the second of a two-part concert dedicated to works by living female composers.

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June 2021

Coming Together

June 30, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Bowerbird is pleased to present an online virtual portrait concert of American composer and virtuoso pianist Frederic Rzewski. The concert will feature the world premiere of a new music video of Rzewski’s “Coming Together” made by Camae Ayewa (aka Moor Mother) and video artist Bob Sweeney. The video was shot this spring on site at Eastern State Penitentiary and features a musical performance by the Arcana New Music Ensemble. The program will also include video recordings from May 2021 of Frederick Rzewski performing several of his recent works. The program will also include two rarely heard solo works – “Shtick” for solo saxophone and “Sixteen Sneakers” for solo viola.

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October 2021

Zlatomir Fung, cello Mishka Rushdie Momen, piano

October 17, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
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$30.00

The first American in four decades and youngest musician ever to win First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition Cello Division, Zlatomir Fung is poised to become one of the preeminent cellists of our time. Astounding audiences with his boundless virtuosity, exquisite sensitivity, and impeccable technique, the 22-year-old demonstrates a mastery of the canon and an exceptional insight into contemporary repertoire in his PCMS recital debut. Mendelssohn: Variations Concertantes, Op. 17 Perkinson: Lamentations: Black/Folk Song Suite Bartók: Rhapsody for Cello and…

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ECCO Shai Wosner, piano

October 29, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Church of the Holy Trinity, 1904 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 United States
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$20.00

The eminent, Israeli-born pianist Shai Wosner joins forces with ECCO—an ensemble featuring 17 leading soloists and chamber musicians of today’s younger generation, many of whom are principals in major American orchestras as well as leaders of internationally renowned quartets. Their collaborative program melds the baroque and contemporary, interspersing Bach concertos with compelling new works by Brett Dean, Andrew Norman, and ECCO violinist Michi Wiancko.
Bach: Keyboard Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056
Dean: Approach: Prelude to a Canon Philadelphia Premiere
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, BWV 1051
Norman: Gran Turismo
Bach: Bourée from English Suite in A Minor, BWV 807
M. Wiancko: Blue Bourée
Bach: Keyboard Concerto in D Major, BWV 1054

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December 2021

Chrystal E. Williams, mezzo Laurent Philippe, piano

December 17, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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$20.00

A singer of rare power and clarity, Astral laureate and Academy of Vocal Arts graduate Chrystal E. Williams is acclaimed for her poise, polish, and complete command of a wide range of repertoire. “When you think of what makes singers memorable, it’s this idea of personalizing the material. Williams has it…” (Philadelphia Inquirer). Schumann: Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42 Braga: Cinco Canções Nordestinas do Folclore Brasileiro C. E. Williams: They Stand Alone Boykin: Moments in Sonder Selection of spirituals by…

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January 2022

Demarre McGill, flute Anthony McGill, clarinet Aizuri Quartet

January 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
American Philosophical Society, 427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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$20.00

Brothers Anthony and Demarre McGill have achieved a phenomenal level of success in the classical music world. The only siblings ever to win the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Anthony was appointed the principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, and Demarre is the principal flutist of the Seattle Symphony. The “elegant, inquisitive” (The New Yorker) Aizuri Quartet joins these two outstanding wind musicians for a program that ranges from Amy Beach’s Native American-inspired Theme and Variations to Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s masterful, Dvořák-inspired Quintet and the world premiere of a new sextet by David Serkin Ludwig.
Beach: Theme and Variations, Op. 80
Serkin Ludwig: Sextet World Premiere/PCMS Commission
Beecher: Song in Mistranslation
Coleridge-Taylor: Clarinet Quintet in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 10

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