Aizuri Quartet
Kim Kashkashian, viola
Marcy Rosen, cello

Sunday, March 24, 2024 - 3:00 PM
American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall,
427 Chestnut Street
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$30.00 per ticket

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About This Performance

The Alexander Schneider Concert

In its annual PCMS concert, the “genuinely exciting” (New York Times) Aizuri Quartet presents a program that explores the idea of community in a multi-faceted way. It features works by four female composers, including Indian American composer Reena Esmail, whose raag-influenced Fantasie layers the voices of the string quartet to create a beautiful, swirling world that invites players and audience into the concert experience.

Esmail: Fantasie (Bihag) from Ragamala
Fe. Mendelssohn: Capriccio from Quartet, Op. 81
Ran: Lyre of Orpheus
Strauss: Sextet from Capriccio, Op. 85
C. Schumann: Die stille Lotosblume from Sechs Lieder, Op. 13, No. 6
Fa. Mendelssohn: Quartet in E-flat Major

Running time: 1 hour and 35 minutes (including intermission) 

Watch the livestreamed concert via the video player below.

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The Artist(s)

Aizuri Quartet
The Aizuri Quartet has established a unique position within today’s musical landscape, infusing all of its music-making with infectious energy, joy, and warmth, cultivating curiosity in listeners while inviting audiences into the concert experience through its innovative programming and the depth and fire of its performances.  Praised by The Washington Post for “astounding” and “captivating” performances that draw from its notable “meld of intellect,… Read More
Kim Kashkashian, viola
Kim Kashkashian, internationally recognized as a unique voice on the viola, was born of Armenian parents in Michigan. She studied the viola with Karen Tuttle and legendary violist Walter Trampler at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Since fall 2000 she has taught viola and chamber music at New England Conservatory. Following Grammy Award nominations for several previous recordings,… Read More
Marcy Rosen, cello
Marcy Rosen has established herself as one of the most important and respected artists of our day. Los Angeles Times music critic Herbert Glass has called her "one of the intimate art's abiding treasures." She has performed in recital and with orchestra throughout Canada, England, France, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, and all fifty of the United States.… Read More


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