PCMS Players Ensemble

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 - 7:30 PM
American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall,
427 Chestnut Street
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About This Performance

The Society concludes its 34th Season with a sextet of chamber music all-stars who have played or currently play in the Johannes, Mendelssohn, Orion, and St. Lawrence Quartets. At the heart of the program is Schoenberg’s early hyper-Romantic tone poem for strings, Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), which uses ripe Wagnerian harmonies and shimmering colors to tell a tale of love, betrayal, and forgiveness.

Carmit Zori & Todd Phillips, violins; Scott St. John & Beth Guterman Chu, violas; Marcy Rosen & Peter Stumpf, cellos

Mozart: String Quintet in B-flat Major, K. 174
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht
Brahms: String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36

This concert is supported by Elaine Kligerman

The Artist(s)

Carmit Zori, violin
At the recommendation of Isaac Stern and Alexander Schneider, violinist Carmit Zori came to the United States from her native Israel at the age of fifteen to study with Ivan Galamian, Jaime Laredo and Arnold Steinhardt at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.  Ms. Zori is the recipient of a Levintritt Foundation Award, a Pro Musicis International Award,… Read More
Todd Phillips, violin
Todd Phillips is a member of the highly acclaimed Orion String Quartet. He made his solo debut at age 13 with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and has since performed as guest artist with leading orchestras throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. Mr. Phillips has appeared at the Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Santa Fe, and Spoleto music festivals, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center,… Read More
Scott St. John, violin/viola
Violinist Scott St. John is the Director of Chamber Music at The Colburn School in Los Angeles. He leads the chamber music programs in the Colburn School’s degree-granting Conservatory of Music and pre-college Music Academy. He is also Concertmaster of the innovative ROCO Chamber Orchestra in Houston, Texas, and returns frequently to the summertime Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont.… Read More
Beth Guterman Chu, viola
Beth Guterman Chu is one of the most sought after young violists of her generation. Before joining the St. Louis Symphony in 2013 as Principal, she was a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and enjoyed a varied career as a chamber musician and recitalist. Playing chamber music, Chu collaborates with many artists including Gil Shaham,… Read More
Marcy Rosen, cello
Marcy Rosen has established herself as one of the most important and respected artists of our day. Los Angeles Times music critic Herbert Glass has called her "one of the intimate art's abiding treasures." She has performed in recital and with orchestra throughout Canada, England, France, Japan, Italy, Switzerland, and all fifty of the United States.… Read More
Peter Stumpf, cello
Peter Stumpf is professor of cello at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Prior to his appointment, he was principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Stumpf's tenure in Los Angeles followed 12 years as associate principal cellist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. His professional orchestral career began at the age of 16 when he joined the cello section of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.… Read More


Mozart: Quartet in F major, K 590 "Prussian," IV. Allegro
Israeli Chamber Project | Mendelssohn: String Quartet in A minor, Op. 13, 1st Mvt.
Master Classes

Peter Stumpf will give a master class for students at Temple Music Prep on Tuesday, May 12, 4-6 pm.