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.
–Caroline Mousset, Director of Music
A celebrated soloist, chamber musician, and bastion of Hungary‘s rich musical tradition, Dénes Várjon performs works by Beethoven, Bartók, and Schumann.
Andreas Brantelid has established himself as one of Scandinavia‘s leading cellists, with performances throughout Europe and North America. He is joined by pianist Gloria Chien in a program of works by Schubert, Debussy, and Grieg.
William Barton is one of Australia‘s most notable didgeridoo players and a leading figure in the education and preservation of the rich cultural heritage surrounding this ancient instrument. He performs works by himself and music by fellow Australian composers.
Prolific percussionist Ian Rosenbaum performs a program of works for the marimba, including a work for marimba and string quartet by Japanese American composer Andy Akiho for which he will be joined by the renowned Mivos Quartet.
A group with a strong international presence, the Heath Quartet perform two towering works in the string quartet repertoire: the Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6 by Beethoven and Schubert‘s Quartet in D minor, D. 810, Death and the Maiden.
29-year-old Polish violinist Bartosz Woroch makes his US debut with works by Poulenc, Elgar, and Karol Szymanowski. He is joined by British pianist Sam Armstrong.
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. Both composers will be in attendance for this performance.