Johnny Gandelsman, violin

Thursday, January 06, 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

This concert is part of the Susan Giesecke Bloom & A. Charles Winkelman Artist Debut Series and the Laurie Wagman Century Series.

As we live through a time of disruption and disconnection, with COVID-19, the recent US election, deep polarization and most of all, entrenched systemic racism and police brutality, it is clear that the years 2020 and 2021 will be seared in our collective memories for a long time. In response to this turbulent period in history, Grammy-award winning violinist and producer Johnny Gandelsman developed This Is America, a new commissioning and recording project featuring over 20 new works for solo violin, written by American and US-based artists. The program will include new works by Christina Courtin, Olivia Davis*, Rhiannon Giddens, Angelica Negron, Tomeka Reid*,  Tyshawn Sorey, and Conrad Tao.

Commissioned by 20 presenters in 11 states and Washington DC, This is America celebrates America’s rich cultural tapestry and its myriad perspectives, thoughts, and ideas, while offering a vivid counterpoint to the idea that this land can be understood through a singular, dominant point of view.

* PCMS Commission / World Premiere

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Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom, MD and A. Charles Winkelman, MD, and to The Presser Foundation, for their support of our livestream programming.

The Artist(s)

Johnny Gandelsman
Johnny Gandelsman, violin
Grammy award winning violinist and producer Johnny Gandelsman's musical voice reflects the artistic collaborations he has been a part of since moving to the United States in 1995. Richard Brody of The New Yorker has called Johnny Gandelsman “revelatory” in concert, placing him in the company of“radically transformative” performers like Maurizio Pollini, Peter Serkin,… Read More


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