Dvořák and the American Connection

As a prelude to the Modigliani Quartet’s performance of Dvořák’s “American” quartet, guest blogger Adam Gingery of Backstage Podcast considers the composer’s musical and cultural influence on the U.S.   Dvořák came to the U.S. a simple man. He loved music, he loved his family, and he loved pigeons. He also loved his Bohemian homeland, from.

Artist Interview: Lydia Artymiw, piano

Pianist Lydia Artymiw is no stranger to the PCMS family. After growing up and studying in Philadelphia, she has had an exceptional career performing all over the world. Ms. Artymiw is a Distinguished McKnight Professor of Piano at the University of Minnesota, where she was granted the 2015 “Excellence in Graduate Teaching” Award. Amidst her teaching and performance schedule,.

Artist Interview: Anna Polonsky, piano

Anna Polonsky returns with her husband, Orion Weiss, piano, marking their duo-recital debut with PCMS on Sunday, October 23rd. Ms. Polonsky is a recipient of a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2003 and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award in 2011. I recently spoke with her about the duo’s upcoming program, her experience at Curtis, upcoming.

From the Intern’s Desk

Being immersed in the daily work at PCMS, I have begun to memorize the artists, programs, dates and venues of the 2016/17 Season. In becoming familiar with these concerts, there are a number that I am particularly excited about.  As a cellist, I am looking forward to a recital by one of my favorite artists,.

Spring 2016 Concert Reviews

To help you revisit your favorite spring performances, following is a listing of PCMS concert reviews from late March through May. Read what our area critics had to say about no less than 13 memorable events.   A deft pairing of voice and guitar: David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer on Isabel Leonard and Sharon Isbin (March 29.

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.

Artist Interview: Karen Ouzounian, cello

The Aizuri Quartet, currently the Quartet in Residence at the Curtis Institute of Music, makes their PCMS debut on Wednesday, May 18. This sold-out performance features guest pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn performing the Philadelphia premiere of Anatoly Drozdov’s Piano Quintet in A Minor. I spoke with the Aizuri’s cellist, Karen Ouzounian (center left), about their upcoming.

String Theory: Recap of PCMS’ Project...

Audiences often come to concerts to hear a string quartet or recitalist of great renown, relishing their masterful technique, expressivity and interpretation of the music.  While the focus often remains on the interaction between performer and composer, the third element of this musical trinity that gets overlooked is the instrument. One reason may be that.

Artist Interview: Hélène Clément, viola

Joining us on April 5, the Doric String Quartet is described by the Yorkshire Post as “today’s finest UK Quartet at a time when we are inundated with brilliant young ensembles.”  I spoke with violist (and Marlboro Music alumna) Hélène Clément about the group’s recording schedule, their work with composer John Adams, and their upcoming PCMS debut..

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