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.

Musical Exchanges

The Master Class Series this season was filled with a wonderful diversity of experiences for the students that were involved.  And any audience members who attended these classes were offered an enhanced understanding of how sound is formed and shaped through the distinct techniques that various instruments employ to communicate ideas.  In fact, this was.

Inspiring Curiosity: Aizuri Quartet at the...

Last Thursday, the Aizuri Quartet traveled out to the Coleman Northwest Regional Library and presented a program to nearly 100 Germantown residents.  While children took front row seats in the lower level of the library, the music traveled through the two floors above it, drawing attention from many others who watched from the balconies that overlook the.


An artist once said that master classes create a space for students to “come to understand their place within a growing community, value differences as well as similarities, feel connected to others, accept and love their own musical traditions, and [become] empowered to change those things that should be changed and embrace new perspectives.”  For.

Education and Outreach: New & Review

After PCMS’ opening concert this season with Musicians from Marlboro, we received the following from a teacher who brought a group of her students for the evening. I just wanted to thank you again for the tickets to the concert last night. The students had a great time and it was a new experience for.

The Science of Music

This spring, PCMS recognized sixteen students for research science achievements with their music-themed projects at the 2015 Delaware Valley Science Fair.  Richard Greene, a PCMS board member who has served for many years as a Senior Medals Judge at the annual Science Fair, emphasized that for these 5th to 12th grade students, “this regional event is highly competitive.” These.

Dover and Daedalus Quartets Participate in...

Last week, two Philadelphia-based quartets worked with and performed for students before and after their concerts at the American Philosophical Society. The Daedalus Quartet worked with ensembles from Temple Music Prep, discussing how risk-taking in performance is what gives life to the music. They encouraged the musicians working on Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor (Op. 10).

Chestnut Brass – Childrens Concerts in...

Last week the Chestnut Brass Company presented a children’s concert at the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Through a new partnership with the Library, PCMS continued its tradition of inviting area schools for an interactive concert.  The Quintet brought their entertaining program entitled, “Hot Air:  The Story of Brass Instruments”, showing the development from the shells and.

PCMS Music Education Program – 2013-14...

Having grown over the past few decades, PCMS’ Education Program has evolved to serve audiences of all ages. Amassing nearly the same number of events as our main concert series, it supports our mission of bringing great music to all people in Philadelphia and fostering community around the shared experience. No matter their experience or.

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