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Friday, February 09, 2018 - 8:00 PM (Add to calendar)

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

  • ECCO - Elgar

This concert is part of the Donald and Dorothy Kardon Chamber Music Series

PCMS’s annual collaboration with ECCO features seventeen 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). This “exciting, conductor-less band of strings” (New Yorker) combines the power and expansiveness of a great orchestral ensemble with the personal involvement and spontaneity of chamber music. Of note on this program is Bartók’s Divertimento for Strings, which marries the style of the Baroque concerto grosso to Hungarian folksong melodies. Written in 1939, its sunny disposition does not reflect the troubled political context of its composition; the piece was written two weeks before Nazi Germany invaded Poland, which signaled the beginning of World War II.

Bermel: Murmurations [Philadelphia Premiere]
Shostakovich: Quartet No. 8, Op. 110a [Arr.]
Dvořák: Nocturne in B Major, Op. 40
Bartók: Divertimento for Strings


In 2001, a group of musicians — colleagues and friends from leading conservatories and music festivals across the country collectively — envisioned the creation of a democratically-run, self-conducted chamber orchestra that would thrive on the pure joy and camaraderie of classical music-making. This organic approach and high level of passion and commitment resulted in ECCO (East Coast.

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Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center

Address: 300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Perelman Theater is part of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, located on the southwest corner of Broad and Spruce Streets in Center City Philadelphia. The smaller of the two concert halls in the Kimmel Center, the Perelman Theater is a 627-seat auditorium with seating on the plaza, plaza tier, first balcony, and second balcony levels.  All…more info