Xavier Foley is a musician “who hears borders between styles as limitation best ignored” (Peter Dobrin). This double bassist is already steeped in the classical music tradition, having graduated from Curtis in 2016, but he strives to be a world artist, taking anything he hears and making something new. His debut recital with the Society.
The Musicians from Marlboro concerts are always a great way to catch a glimpse of young artists who are on the rise—many of whom are already recognized for their musical creativity and emotional depth. Their tours introduce many of them to Philadelphia audiences for the first time. The Marlboro concert on November 13 features an artist.
Our 33rd Season opens with a musician whose sound is familiar to many in Philadelphia—whether its the pure tones that break through in Beethoven’s Leonore Overture, the triumph of Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, or the lilt of Gershwin’s An American in Paris. David Bilger’s trumpet playing has supported the Philadelphia Orchestra, and risen high above.
David Ludwig is a composer and chair of the composition faculty at the Curtis Institute. PCMS has presented his works numerous times over the years, and a concert during our opening week showcases three of his pieces. We took time to connect with David to hear his thoughts about this program, particularly the world premiere.
When we first had the pleasure of hearing Julia Bullock in 2013—first in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle at the Perelman Theater and later at that summer’s Marlboro Music Festival—it was immediately apparent that here was a star in the making. That the Society would present her Philadelphia recital debut was merely a question of when. Fast.
Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Trombone Nitzan Haroz presents the first-ever PCMS concert to feature the trombone on Sunday, May 6. But Mr. Haroz is no newcomer to the chamber-music repertoire, having begun at an early age growing up in Israel with his harpist mother. While the concert on May 6 will not include the harp, it.
Bassoonist Brad Balliett is more than a musician; he is quite the well-rounded artist with a uniquely creative mind and one who finds inspiration from classical texts, his community involvement, and his earliest musical memories. In our interview below, Mr. Balliett shares with us his many passions: bassoon, composition, social and community impact, teaching, and.
Composer György Kurtág describes cellist Christoph Richter as “one of the best musicians and chamber musicians of all the outstanding cellists I’ve known.” As you’ll read in our interview below, his approach to performance and education is rooted in the early influence of his musical family and his wealth of knowledge of and deep respect.
Violinist Erin Keefe began her education and career focused on chamber music, then eventually landed the position of Concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra in 2011. She successfully integrates her passion for chamber music into her role as Concertmaster while continuing to perform in the chamber music world. In our interview below, we discuss this blend.