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PCMS Collaborates with Jonathan Biss on 3-Concert “Departure & Discovery” Project

In February-March 2017, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society will present a trio of concerts from world-acclaimed pianist Jonathan Biss, tenor Mark Padmore, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, and the Brentano String Quartet that will provide audiences with new insights into the forms of expression found in the late stages of the lives of nine great composers.

The three Perelman Theater concerts will feature works by Bach, Kurtág, Britten, Beethoven, Schumann, Gesualdo, Brahms, Mozart, and Schubert. Together, the concerts will highlight the dramatic new directions that are taken and fresh discoveries that are made by these great composers while at the height of their creative powers.

Prior to the first concert, an interdisciplinary panel discussion featuring musical thought leaders Christoph Wolff and Allan Kozinn, writer Lewis Lapham, and behavioral scientist Dr. Daniel Gottlieb will discuss the effect that years of accumulated knowledge and experience have on creativity, innovation, and fresh thinking.

The project is accompanied by a podcast series examining the ways in which composers’ voices evolved into new realms in their final works; a new Amazon Kindle Single by Jonathan Biss, to be released in early 2017; a blog series of interviews exploring creative departures from other angles and disciplines; and master classes for students. See below for more details.

Blog Series
Departure & Discovery has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Concerts

Brentano Quartet
Brentano Quartet
Jonathan Biss, piano

Thursday, February 16, 8 PM
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center
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Biss/Huang
Brentano Quartet
Hsin-Yun Huang, viola
Jonathan Biss, piano

Monday, March 6, 8 PM
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center
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Padmore/Biss
Mark Padmore, tenor
Jonathan Biss, piano

Monday, March 13, 8 PM
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center
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Podcast

Podcast

A series of six podcasts produced by WWFM’s David Osenberg will examine the way in which composers’ voices evolved into new realms in their final works. The series features Jonathan Biss, Mark Steinberg (of the Brentano Quartet), and Mark Padmore, along with panelists Lewis Lapham, Daniel Gottlieb, and others.
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Blog Series

Blog Series

What does late style look like in other disciplines? To broaden the perspective, PCMS commissioned Leah Hood to interview a wide spectrum of people in the arts and beyond in order to explore creative departures from other angles. The subjects of these 20 weekly profiles include graphic designer Milton Glaser; choreographer Elizabeth Streb; jazz trumpeter Terell Stafford; Mural Arts founder Jane Golden; and potter/sculptor Malcolm Wright. LEARN MORE

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