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.

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.

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.

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.

Art. Optics. Microscopy. Invention.

Our friends at the American Philosophical Society are opening their doors for a special pre-concert tour of their newest exhibition Through the Looking Lens Cornelius Varley’s Wondrous Images of Art and Science, 1800-1860. The tour will take place from 6:30-7:30pm at Philosophical Hall before our concerts on November 21 and December 12. For more information, check out the APS Museum website here.

New Music Happenings Around Town

New music lovers take note — a pair of upcoming events at Penn and Temple will shine a light on some of the more interesting contemporary music happening around town. This Wednesday night, the University of Pennsylvania presents a concert entitled “Penn Musical Traditions:  Wail of the Voice!” featuring music by faculty composers past and present. Artists will.

Collaborating with Play on Philly!

Our Julian and Lois Brodsky Education Program is a robust collection of events that serve all ages, and we are always looking for new ways to expand our outreach in the Philadelphia community. This year, through the generous support of the Brodskys and a recommendation from another of our board members, Carole Haas Gravagno, PCMS collaborated.

Artist as Music Critic

Anne Midgette has written an interesting piece on her blog — The Classical Beat — in the Washington Post.  Citing Jeremy Denk’s recent New Yorker article and the Kindle e-book by Jonathan Biss among others, Midgette explores the ever blurring lines between artist and critic.  She doesn’t stop at noting how artists are increasingly crossing.

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