In 1958, Matthew Meselson, now a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University, and his colleague Franklin Stahl demonstrated the semi-conservative replication of DNA in an experiment heralded as “the most beautiful experiment in biology.” That beauty inspired Augusta Read Thomas, widely considered one of today’s foremost composers, to compose Helix Sprials, which is dedicated to Meselson, Stahl and their most beautiful experiment.
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Due to the imminent birth of his child, Christian Tetzlaff has had to cancel his upcoming U.S. tour and cannot appear for us as planned this Friday. However, we are very pleased to report that violinist Benjamin Beilman and pianist Andrew Tyson will instead present a recital of works by Mozart and Janacek.
PCMS partners with acclaimed pianist Jonathan Biss, tenor Mark Padmore, violist Hsin-Yun Huang and the Brentano String Quartet to present a trio of curated concerts exploring the concept of “late style.” The musical programs feature the final, compelling works of important composers and promise to take listeners on an intellectual, cultural and even spiritual journey..
A unique collaboration between young, exceptional, modern musicians and a historically informed Bach specialist, the Gamut Bach Ensemble prides itself on stylistically sensitive, earnest, and insightful Bach performances. Having impressed both our chamber music and early music audiences in each of the last two seasons, the Ensemble, directed by Koji Otsuki, presents an evening of Bach cantatas in the luminous Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square.
Winner of the 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano is recognized for her naturally lustrous sound and fresh, appealing stage presence. Her voice is a voluminous one that’s characterized by “remarkable agility in her higher range and a molten contralto lower down, gliding between these registers with seeming ease” (Washington Post). Widely fêted for her work at the Met—particularly in Robert LePage’s Ring cycle—Cano is joined by a trio of MET luminaries—orchestra principals Nathan Hughes and Rafael Figueroa, and pianist Ken Noda, musical assistant to James Levine—for an intimate recital of vocal and instrumental chamber music.
Since winning the silver medal at the Warsaw Chopin competition 14 years ago, Argentinian pianist Ingrid Fliter has established a reputation as one of the pre-eminent interpreters of Chopin. Her 2014 Preludes disc made Gramophone’s list of 10 “Must Have” Chopin recordings, and she performs the Complete Preludes here in a PCMS debut recital that promises “Chopin playing in the great tradition: rich-toned, generous though never profligate with its rubato, and invested with a vast range of keyboard color” (The Guardian).