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Christopher Costanza (St. Lawrence Quartet) Responds...

As part of our initiative exploring how artists choose the program they present, we asked Christopher Costanza (St. Lawrence String Quartet) the following questions: PCMS: Why did you choose this particular repertoire for your concert?  Why perform these pieces at this time?   Christopher Costanza: Generally, the choice of programs is a joint effort between.

PCMS on the Road

If you drive in to Philadelphia on concert nights, you may have noticed a PCMS artist looking down on you from above.  That’s Mitsuko Uchida (top) and Arnaldo Cohen (bottom) who were spotlighted on our most recent set of PCMS billboards. Keep your eyes peeled for the lovely Joyce DiDonato coming to a billboard near.

Haiye Ni responds to questions: Why...

PCMS:  Why did you choose this particular repertoire for your concert?  Why perform these pieces at this time?   Hai-Ye Ni: (as edited by Peggy L. Curchack, Education Director) “I chose this repertoire because I wanted a lot of variety in the program.  I want to offer a recital that combines virtuosity — as is.

Interview with Soovin Kim

In a few weeks, the Johannes Quartet will join us at the American Philosophical Society with a program of Mozart, Kurtág and Webern.  Months ago, during the annual Marlboro festival in Vermont, I had the opportunity to interview violinist Soovin Kim about the musical relationships between the quartet members as they perform, their relationship with.

Richard Goode’s Speech in Honor of...

As Miles promised in his weekly e-mail, I wanted to share with you this transcript of Richard Goode’s speech at the Chamber Music America banquet in honor of Tony Checchia and Frank Salomon. Dear Tony, Frank and assembled lovers of chamber music, We’re all gathered here to honor Frank and Tony–not only the many fine.

Introducing a New Partner: PINOT Boutique

For our second Social Series event in February, I’m delighted to announce that PINOT Boutique will be joining us for a special wine tasting on February 9th when we present harpist Elizabeth Hainen and Friends at the Philosophical Society.  PINOT staff will be on hand pouring their award winning “Wines in a Paintcan” from the Paradox.

In Their Own Words: Robert Levin...

As part of our ongoing series of artist interviews, pianist Robert Levin recently shared with me some thoughts on his PCMS recital program.  Here are some excerpts from our conversation: “The program I shall be playing resulted from an invitation from the International Mozarteum Foundation to perform in its annual Mozart Week (Mozartwoche), which is.

The Week in Review

I have an especially robust collection of reviews and links for you this week, so without further ado… Surprise:  Bach on the accordion:  The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Peter Dobrin reviews Lidia Kaminska’s January 21st recital at the Art Museum Curtis’ Jonathan Biss is a thrilling piano talent:   Peter Dobrin reviews Jonathan Biss’s January 25th recital.

St. Lawrence + iPad = innovative…but...

The St. Lawrence String Quartet is possibly the first chamber ensemble to perform a work…on an iPad!  Following Lang Lang’s lead, the quartet aired an online performance of Pachelbel’s Canon — each member holding an iPad in the same way they would their own instrument and having to actually finger a virtual string in the.

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