About Departure & Discovery

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society will present a trio of concerts from the world-acclaimed pianist Jonathan Biss, tenor Mark Padmore, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, and the Brentano String Quartet that will provide audiences with new insights into the forms of expression found in the late stages of the lives of nine great composers. The three programs will feature works by Bach, Kurtág, Britten, Beethoven, Schumann, Gesualdo, Brahms, Mozart, and Schubert. Together, the concerts will highlight the dramatic new directions that are taken and fresh discoveries that are made by these great composers while at the height of their creative powers. Prior to the first concert, an interdisciplinary panel discussion featuring musical thought leaders Christoph Wolff and Allan Kozinn, writer Lewis Lapham, and behavioral scientist Dr. Daniel Gottlieb will discuss the effect that years of accumulated knowledge and experience have on creativity, innovation, and fresh thinking. The project will be accompanied by a podcast series produced by David Osenberg examining the ways in which composers’ voices evolved into new realms in their final works; a new Amazon Kindle Single by Jonathan Biss; and a series of interviews on exploring creative departures from other angles and disciplines.

Departure and Discovery has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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