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Artist Interview: Sarah Shafer, soprano

Praised by the New York Times for her “luminous voice” and “intensely expressive interpretations,” and named “remarkable, artistically mature … a singer to watch” by Opera News, soprano Sarah Shafer has earned ever greater accolades since her PCMS debut with Richard Goode back in 2012. Returning next month for her eighth appearance with the Society, this time with the Gamut.

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Artist Interview: Sarah Shafer, soprano

Praised by the New York Times for her “luminous voice” and “intensely expressive interpretations,” and named “remarkable, artistically mature … a singer to watch” by Opera News, soprano Sarah Shafer has earned ever greater accolades since her PCMS debut with Richard Goode back in 2012. Returning next month for her eighth appearance with the Society, this time with the Gamut.

Staff Pick: Barbara Hannigan

“Hannigan is, for those in the know, a marvel.” So begins Anne Midgette’s Washington Post review of the Canadian soprano’s “remarkable” D.C. recital debut last night. At PCMS, we’re proud to present one of the nation’s premier vocal recital series — yet seldom has a singer come to the Perelman Theater riding quite the level of.

Artist Interview: Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin

Emilie-Anne Gendron, violin, returns to the PCMS stage on November 19—this time debuting with Momenta Quartet. Previously seen with Musicians from Marlboro and the Gamut Bach Ensemble, Ms. Gendron’s appearance next month will be quite different. The Quartet is devoted to the development of new works by emerging composers, and the program you’ll hear remains.

Reflections on Chamber Music

Simon Housner is one of our Unlimited Student Pass holders that attends numerous concerts every season and as a cellist, he has participated in a number of our master classes with the artists that appear with us. In preparation for his application for Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra, he created a video essay about his experiences.

Artist Interview: Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano

Ieva Jokubaviciute is a pianist who returns to our series frequently. Her first appearance this season is with Musicians from Marlboro I in November; her second is a solo recital in February. Recently, we spoke with her about the second program, which is devoted to the exploration of sound landscapes and fantasy. Erik Petersons: Your first.

Artist Interview: Daniel Matsukawa, bassoon

Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Bassoon Daniel Matsukawa performs with PCMS on Tuesday, October 17 with three of his Orchestra colleagues—violinist Juliette Kang, violist Burchard Tang, and cellist Yumi Kendall—and Curtis student guitarist Hao Yang. In addition to performing with the Orchestra, Mr. Matsukawa is on the faculty at Curtis and Temple and has performed with orchestras and festivals.

Artist Interview: Nathan Hughes, oboe

Nathan Hughes, oboe, performs with PCMS on Sunday, May 14 in concert with mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, cellist Rafael Figueroa, and pianist Ken Noda. The four artists perform with the Metropolitan Opera, where Mr. Hughes is Principal Oboe. In addition to the Met, he serves on the faculty at Juilliard and is an avid chamber musician who performs at.

Artist Interview: Ayane Kozasa, viola

Violist Ayane Kozasa makes her PCMS recital debut on Friday, May 5 with pianist Amy Yang. The 2011 Primrose International Viola Competition Winner enjoys a unique career that has taken her to festivals around the world. She maintains a busy schedule as a member of the Aizuri Quartet and as a soloist—both which provide opportunities to play.

Artist Interview: Sivan Magen, harp

On Friday, April 21, world-renowned harpist Sivan Magen joins PCMS favorite ECCO for a unique program that features the Philadelphia premiere of Christopher Theofanidis’s A Thousand Cranes. Mr. Magen graciously spoke with me about his musical upbringing, his collaboration with ECCO, his upcoming projects, and his prize harp. Jessica Wolford: You come from a musical family. Could you talk.

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