Center City Concerts feature Astral’s brilliant artists in recital and chamber music performances. Be the first to hear classical music’s rising stars.

 

2018 National Auditions Winners Concert

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 7:00pm
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia

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The capstone of the 2018 National Auditions. Astral’s newest artists debut at the Winners Concert, in a showcase of masterful artistry.

Be the first to discover the finest rising-star classical musicians of their generation in the splendid surroundings of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

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Zhenni Li, piano - “Debussy On The Orient Express”

Sunday, October 28, 2018, 3:00pm
American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

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PERFORMING ARTISTS
  • Zhenni Li, piano
  • Matthew Cohen, viola
PROGRAM
  • Ludwig van Beethoven 32 Variations in C minor, Wo0 80
  • Claude Debussy Selections from Préludes, Book II 
  • Claude Debussy Poisson d’or from Images II
  • York Bowen Phantasy for Viola & Piano, Op. 54
  • Isaac Albéniz Navarra
  • Samuel Zyman Restless, for solo piano (World Premiere made possible by Astral’s Micro-Commissioning program)
  • Modest Mussorgsky Pictures at An Exhibition
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Rolston String Quartet

Saturday, December 8, 2018, 7:30pm
Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square
1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Join us for a pre-concert conversation with Artistic Director Dan Visconti at 6:45pm.

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PROGRAM
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart String Quartet No. 18 in A Major, K. 464
  • György Ligeti String Quartet No. 1 “Métamorphoses nocturnes”
  • Ludwig van Beethoven String Quartet No. 13 in B-flat Major, Op. 130 (ohne Grosse Fuge)
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Danbi Um, violin

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 3:00pm
American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

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PERFORMING ARTISTS
  • Danbi Um, violin
  • Amy Yang, piano
PROGRAM
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold Much Ado About Nothing Suite, Op. II
  • George Enescu Violin Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 25, “dans le caractère populaire roumain” 
  • Richard Strauss Violin Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 18
  • Ernest Bloch Avodah
  • Jenő Hubay Scènes de la Csárda, No. 3, Op. 18
  • Fritz Kreisler Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta
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Timotheos Petrin, cello

Sunday, February 24, 2019, 3:00pm
American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

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PERFORMING ARTISTS
  • Timotheos Petrin, cello
  • Maria Ioudenitch, violin
  • Chelsea Wang, piano
PROGRAM
  • Claude Debussy Cello Sonata in D minor, L. 135
  • Johann Sebastian Bach Sonata in G minor for Viola da gamba & Harpsichord, BWV 1029
  • Riho Esko Maimets World premiere for piano trio (made possible by Astral’s Micro-Commissioning program)
  • Igor Stravinsky Suite italienne from “Pulcinella”
  • Olivier Messiaen Louange a l’Éternité de Jesus for Cello & Piano
  •  Sergei Prokofiev Cello Sonata in C Major, Op. 119
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Viktor Valkov, piano

Sunday, March 24, 2019, 3:00pm
American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

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PROGRAM
  • Claude Debussy Selections from Préludes, Books I & II 
  • Dimitar Nenov Miniatures
  • Béla Bartók Out of Doors, Sz. 81
  • Arnold Schoenberg Six Little Piano Pieces, Op. 19
  • Sergei Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major, Op. 84
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String Consort: Brahms, Sibelius & Mustonen

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 7:30pm
Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square
1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Join us for a pre-concert conversation with Artistic Director Dan Visconti at 6:45pm.

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This exploration of strings in varying numbers begins with the String Sextet No. 2, in which the richness of string sonority is unrivaled in Brahms’s chamber music writing. Sibelius’s “Voces Intimae” string quartet is just that—an intimate exchange of the string voices. The concert culminates with Olli Mustonen’s second Nonet (two quartets and double bass), a thrilling work that brings the season to a close in an explosive vivacissimo!

PERFORMING ARTISTS
  • Nikki Chooi, violin
  • J Freivogel, violin
  • Katie Hyun, violin
  • Hannah Tarley, violin
  • Ayane Kozasa, viola
  • Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
  • Zlatomir Fung, cello
  • Thomas Mesa, cello
  • Xavier Foley, double bass
PROGRAM
  • Johannes Brahms String Sextet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 36 
  • Jean Sibelius String Quartet, “Voces Intimae”, Op. 56 
  • Olli Mustonen Nonet for Strings No. 2

 

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