Kim Kashkashian, viola
Robert Levin, piano

Thursday, October 26, 2023 - 7:30 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

Internationally recognized as a unique voice on the viola, Kim Kashkashian is an artist who combines a probing, restless intellect with enormous beauty of tone. For her first PCMS recital since 2015, the Grammy Award winner is joined by her long-standing duo partner, Robert Levin, for a performance of repertoire originally written for other instruments. The program culminates in Kashkashian’s version of Stravinsky’s neoclassical masterpiece Suite Italienne, a show-stopping addition to the repertory of modern viola music.

Beethoven: Seven Variations on aria from Mozart’s Magic Flute, WoO 46
DebussyFêtes Galantes
BrittenLachrymae, Op. 48
RavelCinq Mélodies Populaires Grecques
Beethoven: Twelve Variations on aria from Mozart’s Magic Flute, Op. 66
StravinskySuite Italienne

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

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The Artist(s)

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
Robert Levin
Robert Levin, piano
Pianist and Conductor Robert Levin has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. His solo engagements include the orchestras of Atlanta, Berlin, Birmingham, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Montreal, Utah and Vienna on the Steinway with such conductors as Semyon Bychkov, James Conlon, Bernard Haitink, Sir Neville Marriner, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle and Esa-Pekka Salonen.… Read More


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