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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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$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, 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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November 2018

Philadelphia Legends

November 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Settlement Music School, 416 Queen Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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Free

Two legendary Philadelphia pianists, Charles Abramovic and Marcantonio Barone, with artistic director James Freeman, in works for solo piano by six legendary Philadelphia composers...and Mozart!

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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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A French Noel

December 21, 2018 @ 12:00 am - December 23, 2018 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 12:00 am - February 3 @ 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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Millennial Music

February 17 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Rose Hall, Univ of Pennsylvania, 3340 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, 19104 United States
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$5 – $20

Network for New Music showcases the music of the Millennial generation featuring five works by some of the most talented composers of this generation.

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Rediscoveries: Festival of American Chamber Music I

February 20 @ 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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