Musicians From Marlboro Not to Be...

It can be challenging to sell a chamber concert for a group that is not well-known. Ensembles like the Tokyo, Juilliard, Emerson and Orion Quartets yield instant responses. Each has a clear artistic profile and is readily identifiable. Yet, some of the most outstanding music is made by artists who may be less prominent. Consider.

Recent Reviews

Another nice batch of reviews to share this week — here’s what the press (and one local composer) had to say about three of our most recent concerts: The audience deserves a hand, too:  Tom Purdom of The Broad Street Review talks about the “three tough pieces” performed by the Brentano Quartet and Ignat Solzhenitsyn (February 19th)..

Jerusalem Quartet En Route to PA

Charles Downey had high praise for the Jerusalem Quartet’s concert at the Barnes at Wolf Trap (Vienna, VA) on Friday. His review in the Washington Post lingered over their performance of Shostakovich’s ninth quartet — one that will also be heard next Wednesday, March 14th at the Independence Seaport Museum in an all-Shostakovich program that also.

Social Series presents Hillacres Pride

This coming Sunday afternoon, PCMS will present Hillacres Pride aged cheese with music that has also matured well over 100 years — Weber, Schumann and Respighi. The Johannes Quartet will be joined by Ricardo Morales of the Philadelphia Orchestra for a program at the American Philosophical Society at 3pm. Prior to the concert and at.

Artist Interview: Violinist Benjamin Beilman

For our next artist interview, violinist Benjamin Beilman was gracious enough to sit down and answer a few questions about his upcoming performance with pianist Yekwon Sunwoo on Sunday, March 18th at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Juliet Woods:  How did this program come together? Why did you choose these particular pieces? Benjamin Beilman:  This program.

The Johannes Quartet in Columbus

The Johannes Quartet performed in Columbus just this past Saturday en route to their concert this Sunday, March 4th, at the American Philosophical Society. Their program with the Chamber Music Columbus was highlighted in The Columbus Dispatch as “among the finest” and “exemplified the most elite level of musicianship and artistry.” The critic, Lynn Green,.

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.

What They’re Saying: Eric Owens

It’s been an explosive last few weeks of media coverage for Eric Owens. The local bass-baritone turned international opera star has enjoyed one lavish feature after another lately due to his star turn as Alberich in Wagner’s Götterdämerung at the MET and his recitals this month in both New York in Philadelphia. To whet your appetite.

Concert Reflections: Tokyo Quartet

Last Tuesday I had the privilege of attending the Tokyo Quartet’s first PCMS performance this year, which was performed with just the amount of mastery and energetic grace that I would expect from this ensemble. I found their program — pieces by Haydn, Grieg, and Franck — particularly intriguing, especially the Grieg string quartet, a.

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