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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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
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 […]
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
On Monday, February 28, the Musical Fund Society and friends will gather on Zoom to share memories of the work and life of George Crumb. His colleagues, presenters, performers and students will be represented by - James Freeman - Founder, Orchestra 2001 Jennifer Higdon - Composer, student of George Crumb Marcantonio ("Tony") Barone - […]
2019 Musical Fund Society Award Winner James Reese has been praised for the “intensity and sensitivity…spirituality and eloquence” (Chestnut Hill Local) of his singing. His PCMS recital debut program culminates in Hugo Wolf’s masterly Mörike-Lieder, a cycle that encompasses the full range of human experience and includes some of Wolf’s most popular and enduring songs. […]