Melissa White, violin
Pallavi Mahidhara, piano

Tuesday, January 14, 2025 - 7:30 PM
American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall,
427 Chestnut Street
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This concert is part of the Giesecke Bloom/Winkelman Artist Debut Series, the Wagman Century Series, and the Musical Fund Society Series. You can subscribe to these series, Build Your Own subscription, or purchase a Season Pass. Individual tickets go on sale August 1.

About This Performance

A founding member of the Grammy Award-winning Harlem Quartet, violinist Melissa White is recognized for her “warmly expressive and lyrical” playing (Chicago Classical Review). Her PCMS recital debut with pianist Pallavi Mahidhara highlights works by American women composers Amy Beach and Nokuthula Ngwenyama. Mahidhara explains, “We are performing works by composers who represent a diversity of backgrounds, much like the two of us.”

Brahms: Violin Sonata in D Minor, Op. 108
Beach: Romance, Op. 23
Ngwenyama: A Bishop’s Processional
Heifetz: Porgy and Bess Transcriptions
Still: Suite for Violin and Piano
Kreisler: Praeludium and Allegro

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The Artist(s)

Melissa White
Melissa White, violin
American violinist Melissa White has enchanted audiences and critics around the world for her “warmly expressive and lyrical…glittering” playing (Chicago Classical Review) and for “making her violin sing elegantly” (Aspen Times). Ms. White’s rapid rise as a soloist has captured the attention of orchestras and audiences worldwide, many of whom already know her for her successes as a founding member of the Grammy-winning,… Read More
Pallavi Mahidhara
Pallavi Mahidhara, piano
Indian-American pianist Pallavi Mahidhara made her orchestral debut at the age of 10, performing at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. She is the Second Prize winner and Young Audience Award winner of the 69th Geneva International Piano Competition, and of the VI International Prokofiev Competition in Saint Petersburg, Russia. She has appeared in solo and orchestral concerts across five continents,… Read More


Melissa White & Pallavi Mahidhara | Still: Mother and Child
Melissa White | Beach: Romance