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Rediscoveries: Festival of American Chamber Music II

Trinity Center for Urban Life 22nd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, United States

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.

$10 – $30

Carol of Words ~ Walt Whitman in Song

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. 

Mavericks of Minimalism

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

The enchanting final concert of the season, centered around a commissioned work by post-minimalist cross-culturalist, Evan Ziporyn, for string quartet and 4 gamelan players.

$5 – $20

Cynthia Raim, piano

American Philosophical Society 427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, United States

The Chamber Music Society proudly opens their 34th Season with a world-class artist making her 42nd appearance on our series. Cynthia Raim’s wonderfully-crafted recital concludes with Schumann’s early masterpiece: Carnaval, Op. 9, a colorful suite that Franz Liszt assessed as “one of the greatest works I know.”


Marina Piccinini, flute; Tessa Lark, violin/viola; & Michael Thurber, double bass

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 118 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States

“The Heifetz of the flute” (Gramophone), Marina Piccinini, joins the high-energy duo of Lark and Thurber for a genre-bending blend of classical and international folk sounds. Of particular note on this program is the world premiere of a piece by Paul Wiancko whose music the Washington Post lauds as “fresh and full blooded.”


A Czech Christmas

A vocal quartet, trumpets, recorders, strings, organ and theorbo usher in the season with glorious 17th-century music collected by Bishop-Prince Karl II von Liechtenstein-Kastelkorn.

$30 – $40

Vera Quartet & Roberto Díaz, viola

American Philosophical Society 427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, United States

In just three years as an ensemble, the Vera Quartet has earned top prizes at several competitions and is currently part of Astral and quartet-in-residence at the Curtis Institute. Featuring esteemed violist and Curtis President Roberto Díaz, their PCMS debut program showcases Mendelssohn’s late masterpiece: his B-flat Major String Quintet, a work that melds the exuberance of the composer’s celebrated String Octet with the technical and emotive growth of the intervening years.


Mending Wall

Bryn Mawr College: Goodhard Hall, McPherson Auditorium 150 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA, United States

Mending Wall is a fully staged concert exploring the meaning of walls in our world by giving musical form to questions about identity, community, division, and freedom.


Jasper Quartet & Amy Yang, piano

American Philosophical Society 427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, United States

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 Yang) are highlighted in this creative program dedicated to works by living female composers.


Marcantonio Barone, piano

American Philosophical Society 427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, United States

We are delighted to welcome back to our series a pianist well known for his consummate musicianship and brilliant technique. Marcantonio Barone’s recital features the world premiere of George Crumb’s Metamorphoses (Book II), a work written specifically for him that offers a broad palette of coloristic effects along with Crumb’s unmistakable musical gestures, and an inherent sense of drama coupled with a magical, suspenseful atmosphere.