Enjoy a themed tour focusing on the history of the Kimmel Center and architectural and construction highlights. You'll see the Commonwealth Plaza, Perelman Theater, Verizon Hall, Merck Arts Education Center and the Dorrance H. Hamilton Garden. First Saturday tours will also include an organ demonstration.
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia welcomes the new year with a salute to American music. The featured works range in genre from classical style to film music and even some award winning music written for award winning video games. Featuring violinist Michael Ludwig and Dirk Brossé on the podium, this concert offers something for everyone.
Comprised of three siblings and the violinist Rainer Schmidt, this Salzburg quartet makes "music that challenges convention... with a beauty that brings you to your knees" (Hamburger Abendblatt). Having recorded the Beethoven quartets over the better part of three decades, the Hagens apply their singular sound-lean and direct, with fleet tempos and less vibrato-to the master's graceful Quartet in G Major, Op. 18, No. 2 and foundational works by Bartók and Brahms. This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Steven Kreinberg.
At the dawn of the nuclear age, scientists at Los Alamos prepare to test the first atomic bomb while pondering the massive destructive power of the force they will soon unleash. "A moving and compelling work of moral, as well as musical, grandeur" (Daily Telegraph), this compelling drama by John Adams captures the conflicted soul of an era.
Indulge in Yannick's passion for opera in these three evenings of pure spine-tingling drama. Yannick pairs some surprising selections from Tchaikovsky's dark and gorgeous "Swan Lake" score with Bartók's sinister one-act opera. If you think the Black Swan is harrowing, wait until you see what happens when Bluebeard's suspicious bride insists on seeing what's behind seven locked doors in her new husband's castle. The electrifying mezzo-soprano and frequent Metropolitan Opera performer Michelle DeYoung is the newlywed Judith, whose high C will give you chills; Metropolitan Opera regular John Relyea sings the brooding Duke Bluebeard. Spoiler alert: Judith might not want to open that last door.
The Brewer's Plate is premier local beer and food pairing festival movement in Philadelphia--one of the first to introduce the region's blossoming throngs of foodies and beer geeks to the concept. And, like most things, it continues to get better with age. No other annual event maintains such an unwavering commitment to "buy fresh, buy local" while bringing together our region's outstanding chefs, farmers, food artisans, brewers, distillers, and winemakers for the benefit of the most discerning critics, bloggers and guests.
The second of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society's three programs on "late style" focuses on the theme of waywardness. The Schumann--the last piece he wrote before his suicide attempt and institutionalization--contains stunningly oblique music that is daringly static yet deeply moving. The Madrigals of Gesualdo, from the 1500's, offer harmonic schemes as unhinged as Gesualdo was himself when he wrote them. These timelessly unconventional pieces sound like they might have been written yesterday. Brahms wrote his Op. 118 piano pieces years after he had resolved to give up composing. They have a remarkable emotional and structural concentration and have had a profound influence on most "modern" composers. And the Mozart offers a stunning contrast. His final chamber piece enriches the question of late style through all it is not: monumental, morose, valedictory. Instead, it is festive, virtuosic, and life-affirming. Tonight's program: Schumann - Gesänge der Frühe, Op. 133; Gesualdo - Selected Madrigals; Brahms - Klavierstücke, Op. 118; and Mozart - String Quintet in E-flat Major, K. 614.
Il Volo ("The Flight") is a trio of Italian pop-opera teenage singers, consisting of Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble. In May 2009, they appeared on the popular Italian talent show 'Ti Lascio Una Canzone' and dazzled television viewers with their flawless rendition of the Neapolitan standard 'O Sole Mio.' They won the competition. "Il Volo," meaning "flight," was chosen as their name to signify the feeling that these three young tenors were about to spread their wings and fly. Already certified platinum in their homeland and several other countries, Il Volo has captured the hearts of Americans of all ages following their 'American Idol' debut and appearances on 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,' 'Good Morning America' and 'Ellen.' They take on a range of both new and traditional, classically-influenced pop songs.
Widely regarded as heir to the mantle of his teacher Rudolf Serkin in the Mozart-Beethoven-Schubert-Brahms repertory, pianist Richard Goode is acclaimed for the tremendous emotional power, depth, and sensitivity of his playing--a rare combination of grandness and humility, boldness, and depth. "Every time we hear him, he impresses us as better than we remembered, surprising us, surpassing our expectations, and communicating perceptions that stay in the mind" (Gramophone). Today he'll be performing works by Bach and Chopin. The performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Elizabeth Morgan.
"There is no finer ensemble in the world, expressively and technically" than the Takács Quartet (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Formed in Budapest in 1975, it has become a Philadelphia favorite for its unique blend of drama, warmth and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. Program: Haydn - Quartet in F Major, Op. 77, No. 2, Hob. III:82; Beethoven - Quartet in F Major, Op. 135; and Ravel - Quartet in F Major. This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Jonathan Coopersmith.
The Philadelphia Young Artists Orchestra, companion ensemble to the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, is comprised of student musicians aged 12-18. Join them at the Kimmel Center this March for a program of works by J. Strauss, Borodin and Dvorak.
"One of the most pure and lyrical tenors in the business" (New York Times), Mark Padmore returns to the PCMS stage with Jonathan Biss--"an artistic voice like no other" (Philadelphia Inquirer)--for the third curated program on the theme of "late style." Both artists' profound understanding of Schubert will be immediately evident as they illuminate the composer's remarkable final works. The visionary quality in the music of Schubert's last year is unmistakable: there is a mix of feverish terror (in such songs as Der Doppelgänger) and consolation unlike anything else in music before or after. Program: Schubert's Piano Sonata in A Major, D. 959 and Schwanengesang, D. 957. This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Christine Anderson.
Visionary virtuoso Jennifer Koh's Bridge to Beethoven project explores the impact and significance of Beethoven on a diverse group of composers and musicians. Her longtime recital partner and contemporary, acclaimed pianist Shai Wosner, joins Koh for this reflection on influence, innovation, and originality by some of the most incisive minds of classical music's new generation. Iyer's Bridgetower Fantasy is a collection of imaginings about violinist George Bridgetower. It is not programmatic, but it takes on an episodic character assembled from contrasting fragments. The dance rhythms, recurring figures, and gestural contours are intended to feature the embodied expertise and expressivity of the performers. Program: Beethoven - Violin Sonata in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1; Iyer - Bridgetower Fantasy [Philadelphia Premiere]; and Beethoven - Violin Sonata in A Major, Op.47 "Kreutzer."
Bringing the "classical world's most coveted retreat" (The New Yorker) to national audiences, the Musicians from Marlboro touring program has been lauded as "a virtual guarantee of musical excellence" (Washington Post). The season's third and final Marlboro performance promises a program "so fresh and full-blooded, so full of earthly vitality and sheer sensual pleasure, that it made you happy to be alive." Featuring Alexi Kenney, violin; Robin Scott, violin; Shuangshuang Liu, viola; Peter Stumpf, cello; and Zoltán Fejérvári, piano. Program: Haydn - String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 74, No. 3, Hob. III:74, Rider; Weber - Langsamer Satz; and Brahms - Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26. This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Jonathan Coopersmith in the Innovation Studio.
Twenty-five year old Russian dynamo Daniil Trifonov brings his "scintillating technique and virtuosic flair" (New York Times) to the Perelman Theater in his hotly anticipated Piano Series debut. Trifonov is "a pianist for the rest of our lives... a major artist, phenomenally gifted and almost fully formed, with fresh ideas and a winning stage presence that is quite irresistible from the moment he bounds through the door and sits at the keyboard, unable to contain his need to share" (Norman Lebrecht).Program: Schumann's Kinderszenen, Op. 15, Toccata, Op. 7 and Kreisleriana, Op. 16; Shostakovich - 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 [Sel.]; and Stravinsky - Petrushka [Arr.]. This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with David Dubal in the Innovation Studio.
Join the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra at the Kimmel Center this March for a concert featuring all of its various ensembles, including the Young Artists Orchestra, Young Musicians Orchestra, PRYSM, Bravo Brass and Tune Up Philly.
This adventurous young French quartet brings a quintessentially Gallic élan to everything it plays--from its 2009 Gramophone Recording of the Year to occasional forays into the world of Left Bank jazz. Don't miss this group whose "rare degree of expressive subtlety, blended sonorities and electrifying joy" (Times, London) makes it one of the most exciting European quartets performing today. Tonight's program: Beethoven - Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6; Debussy - Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10; and Beethoven - Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132. This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Richard Freedman.
"A big, rich sound...phrasing breathes with great purpose. Even single notes don't leave the strings without meaning" (Philadelphia Inquirer). This assessment of Pamela Frank's artistry will ring true to her many fans who eagerly await this rare duo performance with Christian Tetzlaff, the Frankfurt-based violinist who has technique and charisma in spades--and the even rarer ability to immerse himself entirely in the world of the composer whose music he is recreating. Tonight's program: de Beriot - Sonata for Two Violins in E Minor, Op. 57, No. 2; de Beriot - Sonata for Two Violins in G Minor, Op. 57, No. 1; Bartok - Duos for Two Violins [Selections]; Leclair - Sonata for Two Violins, Op. 3; and Ysaye - Sonata for Two Violins. This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Heidi Lee.
One of the truly great pianists of our time, Emanuel Ax is revered for his poetic temperament and the unsurpassed virtuosity of his playing. Ax performances are "never less than spellbinding," raves The New York Times. His first PCMS solo recital program in three seasons features core repertoire by Schubert and Chopin alongside a Philadelphia premiere by Chicago-based composer Samuel Adams, son of John. Program: Schubert - Impromptu No. 1 in F Minor, D. 935; S. Adams - 10.17.2017*; Schubert - Impromptu No. 2 in A-flat Major, D. 935; S. Adams - After Franz Schubert*; Schubert - Impromptu No. 3 in B-flat Major, D. 935; S. Adams - After My Very Young Life*; Schubert - Impromptu No. 4 in F Minor, D. 935; Chopin - Impromptu in A-flat Major, Op. 29; Chopin - Impromptu in F-sharp Major, Op. 36; and Chopin - Piano Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58. (*Commissioned by Music Accord.) This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Heidi Lee.
Comprised of 17 leading soloists and chamber musicians of today's younger generation (many of whom are principals in major American orchestras), this "exciting, conductor-less band of strings" (The New Yorker) combines the power and expansiveness of a great orchestral ensemble with the personal involvement and spontaneity of chamber music. Of special note on this program is the Philadelphia premiere of Christopher Theofanidis' A Thousand Cranes, a symphony for strings and harp "inspired by the power of a child's innocence to transcend human tragedy." Tonight's program: Theofanidis - A Thousand Cranes [Philadelphia Premiere]; Caplet - Conte fantastique; Lutoslawski - Five Folk Melodies; and Suk - Serenade in E-flat Major. This performance features a free pre-concert lecture with Ross Amico starting at 6:45 PM.
To watch and hear Viennese pianist Rudolf Buchbinder in concert is to experience the totality of perfect phrasing, magnificent technique and an unparalleled love of his instrument. An evening of all-Beethoven with this singular artist promises Old World European tradition imbued with Buchbinder's trademark iconoclastic spirit. Tonight's program: Beethoven - Piano Sonata in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, Tempest; Beethoven - Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3; Beethoven - Piano Sonata in G Major, Op. 14, No. 2; and Beethoven - Piano Sonata in C Major, Op. 53, Waldstein. This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with Elizabeth Morgan.