I am delighted and proud to present to you the 2013/2014 concert season. Carefully fusing new ideas with cornerstones of the core repertoire, I have seen our audience base expand and diversify as new artists attract many new faces and very often a capacity house. The Phillips's commitment to partnerships has created new avenues for programming, and the co-commissioning of a new work this season has reinforced our credentials as a creative base. Leading European Composers—now celebrating its fifth season—has changed how the museum is perceived as a presenter of some of the greatest living composers of our time. Our ensemble-in-residence, The Phillips Camerata, continues to carry the Phillips name and remarkable musical history into the concert circuit.
Maintaining financial stability gives us the platform to encourage the flourishing of creative relationships with exciting new artists. We must nourish these relationships and not allow our cultural spaces to become marginal, tangential, or even abandoned. To this end, admission for concerts is now $30 for adults and $15 for members and students. Additionally, we have reinvigorated our music donor program, which becomes the Phillips Chamber Society season subscription with some outstanding new benefits.
It is gratifying to consider that the Phillips is now such an important buzzing international classical music landmark, and we owe those who support us an enormous debt of gratitude. I look forward to welcoming you to the Phillips Music Room during the year ahead.
World renowned cellist and teacher Amit Peled bring students from his cello studio at the Peabody Institute to the Phillips for a varied performance that includes works by Händel, Haydn, J. S. Bach, Boccherini, Ligeti, Mark Kopytmann, and the world premiere of a new work by the American composer Joel Friedman. In collaboration with the pianist Hui Chuan Chen.
Concertmaster of the Boston Philharmonic and Berkshire Symphony, Joanna Kurkowicz enjoys and active career as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She is joined by pianist Gloria Chien in a program of works by Schnittke, Lutoslawski, Szymanowski, and Vytautas Barkauskas.
Pianist Tanya Bannister performs a unique program featuring music by Händel, Beethoven‘s Piano Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110, No. 31, and new works by composers Harold Meltzer and Sidney Corbett, which draw inspiration directly from this penultimate Beethoven sonata.
The NYC-based Metropolis Ensemble, led by Grammy-nominated conductor Andrew Cyr, partner with The Phillips Camerata to perform the Washington premiere of Vivian Fung’s Harp Concerto with soloist and Camerata member Bridget Kibbey. Also on the program are works by American iconoclasts Steve Reich and Elliott Carter and talented young American composers Nathan Shields and Christopher Cerrone, featuring the acclaimed Quartet Senza Misura.
Renowned Estonian composer Arvo Pärt makes a rare trip to the US to take part in the Arvo Pärt Project which appears at The Phillips Collection in a program of the composer's chamber music performed by musicians from the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra.