Simon Barrad, baritone
Hsin-Yun Huang, viola
Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano

Friday, February 11, 2022 - 7:30 PM
American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall,
427 Chestnut Street
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$20.00 per ticket

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About This Performance

The Alexander Schneider Concert

Experience the brooding majesty of Shostakovich’s last works in this collaboration between the commanding Solzhenitsyn, master violist Huang, and Grammy-nominated baritone Barrad. Containing profoundly personal meditations on love, creativity, and mortality, Shostakovich’s song cycle leads into the extraordinary atmosphere and tension of the Viola Sonata, Op. 147, the composer’s final musical utterance.

Shostakovich: Michelangelo Songs, Op. 145
Shostakovich: Viola Sonata, Op. 147

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The Artist(s)

Simon Barrad
Simon Barrad, baritone
The versatility of Grammy-nominated baritone, Simon Barrad, has been heard across the United States and Europe in opera, Lieder, and oratorio concerts. Upcoming highlights include debuts at Wigmore Hall, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Detroit Symphony. His favorite performed roles and pieces include Dandini (La Cenerentola), Robert (Iolanta), … Read More
Hsin-Yun Huang, viola
Violist Hsin-Yun Huang has forged a career performing on international concert stages, commissioning and recording new works, and nurturing young musicians. Recent highlights include performances for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Chamber Music Columbus, and the Seoul Spring Festival. Ms. Huang has commissioned compositions from Steven Mackey, Shih-Hui Chen,… Read More
Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano
Recognized as one of today's most gifted artists, and enjoying an active career as both conductor and pianist, Ignat Solzhenitsyn's lyrical and poignant interpretations have won him critical acclaim throughout the world. Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Ignat Solzhenitsyn is much in demand as a guest conductor,… Read More


Simon Barrad, baritone | Stille Liebe - Schumann
Ignat Solzhenitsyn plays Prokofiev's Piano Sonata No. 8, 2nd Movement