Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève leads two weeks of concerts inspired by the glorious art of the Barnes Foundation. The Festival will include a panel discussion on the impact of Barnes and Stokowski on the American art scene, chamber performances of contemporary repertoire, composer workshops, and fully-scripted vignettes entitled "The Artful Titans" during the Orchestra performances written and directed by Didi Balle and based on the text of letters between Albert Barnes and Leopold Stokowski, as well as historical accounts of their interactions. The second concert inspired by the Barnes Foundation includes "The Creation of the World" Frenchman Darius Milhaud, who was energized by the jazz he heard on a visit to Harlem. Francis Poulenc's Organ Concerto is a dazzling showpiece for the marvelous Fred. J. Cooper Memorial Organ. The Rite of Spring--first brought to America by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphians-- remains a primal, shattering musical masterpiece. Albert Barnes once wrote about the strong link he saw between the works of Henri Matisse and Stravinsky's compositions. This program reveals the intellectual and artistic zeal Barnes and Stokowski shared, which resonates to this day.
Lyric Fest commemorates the centennial of the birth of an extraordinary American composer and personality, Leonard Bernstein, in the latest in its Biography in Music series. With special guest Jamie Bernstein reading from her father's letters, this life-retrospective is told through music, anecdotes, and the composer's own words. Jennifer Aylmer, soprano; Elizabeth Shammash, mezzo-soprano; Jonas Hacker, tenor; Randall Scarlata, baritone; Laura Ward, piano; Jamie Bernstein, narrator; Suzanne DuPlantis, narrator
The Brentano and Biss unite for a program highlighting Antonín Dvorák. For inspiration, Dvorák often returned to the legends and folklore of his homeland, reveling in the intimate spirit of storytelling. Such qualities abound in his Piano Quintet and enliven it with resplendent rhythms and color. Dvorák: Two Slavonic Dances [Arr.], Janácek: On an Overgrown Path [Selection], Dvorák: Miniatures, Op. 75a, Smetana: Aus der Heimat, Dvorák: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81.
Louis Langrée returns to lead this feast of French favorites, some of them especially attuned to the spooky season! Dukas's The Sorcerer's Apprentice, immortalized in Fantasia, returns on subscription. The Saint-Saëns is delightfully macabre. And Franck's Accursed Huntsman tells the cautionary tale of a hunter who broke the Sabbath, to his eternal regret. Kirill Gerstein ("Flat out fabulous!"--Cleveland Classical) solos in Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major, another European work inspired by American jazz. And that composer's lush, passionate Daphnis and Chloé provides a romantic glow concluding with its famously raucous bacchanal.
The Johnny Shortcake Show is a charming children's musical that is fun for the whole family. Themed around celebrating silliness, the show features soul music for children, teaches important life lessons, and feels like one big disco party. With fun, engaging, and relatable songs such as "Cupcake Tuesday," "Brushing your Teeth," and "Grandma's Whiskers," the show truly celebrates childhood in a way that will have parents grooving and laughing along.
Pianist Gary Graffman joined the Curtis family at the tender age of seven, when he was accepted as a student. Throughout a celebrated career as soloist, teacher, and administrator, he has left his mark on music through his own performances and those of his students. In celebration of Mr. Graffman's 90th birthday, alumnus Haochen Zhang ('12) returns to perform Sergei Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto, a romantic powerhouse and staple of the Graffman legacy. The program also features Igor Stravinsky's beloved ballet Petrushka, a house specialty since the days when conductor Leopold Stokowski led the Curtis orchestra; and Brio, a 2018 work exuding vitality and virtuosity by this year's composer in residence, Augusta Read Thomas. The dynamic Giancarlo Guerrero, a Curtis favorite, returns to conduct.
Join the Orchestra in costume for this fun and irreverent night with the Philadelphians and the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ. Spooky highlights include Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Gounod's Funeral March of a Marionette. Stick around after the concert for our signature "organ pump" experience--come up and lie down on stage to feel the vibrations from this king of instruments!
Music stands out in the fine arts for its ability to convey movement in time. It even manages to express the fluidity of the minutes passing. On this inventive program, the funeral march in Tchaikovsky's lush, romantic third quartet brings an immediately palpable sense of passage. From Amber Frozen follows a changing world through the endurance of a preserved insect. And Brahms's Clarinet Quintet is among the great autumnal masterworks--a piece of extraordinary emotional depth, which seems to bring us to the very end of time. The Ripple of Time: Tchaikovsky: Quartet in E-flat Minor, Op. 30, Bates: From Amber Frozen [Philadelphia Premiere], Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115.
Four PCMS favorites come together for an all-encompassing concert of Johannes Brahms that highlights works from his early, middle, and late periods. Of particular note is his G Minor Piano Quartet--a poised and lyrical conception, laid out on a broad, symphonic-like scale. Brahms: Piano Trio in C Major, Op. 87, Brahms: Piano Pieces, Op. 119, Brahms: Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 25.
"I try for a story to be told and to bring much color and difference of material to the sound in the piano," Cooper says of her PCMS recital, which explores the audacious late sonatas of Haydn, Schubert, and Beethoven. The visionary intensity of the latter's radiant Op. 110 sonata is prefaced here by Adès's exploration of Dowland's tormented song "In Darkness Let Me Dwell." Haydn: Piano Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:50, Adès: Darknesse Visible, Beethoven: Piano Sonata in A-fl at Major, Op. 110, Schubert: Piano Sonata in C Minor, D. 958.
Acclaimed for her expressive intensity, impeccable technique, and charisma, Grammy Award-winning Isabel Leonard has thrilled audiences around the globe. An audience favorite at the Metropolitan Opera, the celebrated mezzo-soprano moves to the intimate space of Perelman Theater for a program of beloved songs and lesser-known gems by Leonard Bernstein in celebration of the centenary of his birth.
After its stunning PCMS debut in 2016, the Horszowski Trio returns with the current Curtis Institute President and former Principal Violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra: Roberto Díaz. Following Schumann's triumphant D Minor Trio and the world premiere of Milwaukee native Daron Hagen's Trio No. 6, the Horszowski and Díaz journey through Fauré's Piano Quartet in C Minor--a remarkable achievement in instrumental color, formal clarity, and melodic richness. Schumann: Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 63, Hagen: Piano Trio No. 6 [World Premiere], Fauré: Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 15.
For over two decades, the Curtis Chamber Orchestra has been appearing with PCMS, spotlighting this esteemed conservatory's best and brightest talent in large-ensemble repertoire. A program of classical and romantic works offers Mendelssohn's Midsummer's Night Dream Overture, Haydn's singular Drumroll Symphony, and a late, unfinished masterpiece by Schubert. Mendelssohn: A Midsummers Night's Dream Overture, Schubert: Symphony in B Minor, D. 759, Unfinished Symphony, Haydn: Symphony in E-flat Major, Hob. 1:103, The Drumroll.
The eloquent baritone Simon Keenlyside brings his "singular gifts" (Opera News) as a Lieder interpreter to an evening of art song. The London-born Keenlyside's program will showcase his unforced directness and astonishingly lithe, expressive voice--floating ethereally one moment, bellowing with focused power the next. Keenlyside and longtime collaborator Malcolm Martineau are very much a partnership of equals. Be sure to experience how they respond to each other's insights with effortless elegance. Program to include works by Schubert, Wolf, Poulenc, Fauré, Vaughan Williams, Ireland, and Grainger.
A trio of outstanding violinists joins Jeremy Denk--"a pianist you want to hear, no matter what he performs" (New York Times)--on a three-hour-plus journey (three hour-long performances with two 15-minute breaks) that Jeremy has titled: A Feast of Mozart Violin Sonatas with Assorted Musical Sorbets. A Feast of Mozart Violin Sonatas with Assorted Musical Sorbets. Please note this concert begins at 7:00 PM, featuring three hour-long performances with two 15-minute breaks.