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

 

 

VOICE & VISION

Saturday, September 16, 2017 7:30pm
Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square
1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

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“Luminous” (The New York Times) soprano Sarah Shafer gives voice to the opening concert of Astral’s 25th-anniversary season, in Debussy’s sensuous Ariettes oubliées and in Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2 for soprano and string quartet – the visionary work that pointed the way to the composer’s new world of self expression.  Also drawing inspiration from his own vocal works, the music builds from one virtuoso sequence to the next in Korngold’s effusively romantic Piano Quintet.

PERFORMING ARTISTS
  • Sarah Shafer, soprano
  • Timothy Chooi, violin
  • Katie Hyun, violin
  • Ayane Kozasa, viola
  • Gabriel Cabezas, cello
  • Zhenni Li, piano
PROGRAM
  • Claude Debussy Ariettes oubliées
  • Arnold Schoenberg String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold Piano Quintet in E Major, Op. 15
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THE 2017 NATIONAL AUDITIONS WINNERS CONCERT

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 7:00pm
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

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The capstone of the 2017 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.

PERFORMING ARTISTS
  • Zlatomir Fung, cello
  • Rachel Lee Hall, harp
  • Beomjae Kim, flute
  • Brittany Lasch, trombone
  • Thomas Mesa, cello
  • Ronaldo Rolim, piano
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NIKKI CHOOI, violin

Sunday, October 22, 2017 3:00pm
American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

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PERFORMING ARTISTS
  • Nikki Chooi, violin
  • Timothy Chooi, violin
  • Sejoon Park, piano
PROGRAM
  • Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata No. 3, Op. 12 in E-Flat Major for Violin & Piano
  • César Franck Sonata in A Major for Violin & Piano
  • Daniel Temkin World premiere for two violins (made possible by Astral’s Micro-Commissioning program)
  • Moritz Moszkowski Suite in G minor for Two Violins & Piano, Op. 71
  • Pablo de Sarasate Navarra for Two Violins & Piano, Op. 33
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PROJECT FUSION, saxophone quartet

Saturday, December 9, 2017 7:30pm
Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square
1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

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PERFORMING ARTISTS
  • Project Fusion, saxophone quartet
  • Kristina Finch, harp
  • Wei-Han Wu, piano
PROGRAM
  • Johann Sebastian Bach Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 18
  • Béla Bartók/Matthew Evans Six Romanian Dances
  • Stephen Dankner Second Saxophone Quartet (World premiere, made possible by Astral’s Micro-Commissioning program)
  • Paul Creston Suite for Saxophone Quartet, Op. 111
  • Astor Piazzolla/Jun Nagao Invierno Porteño
  • Joaquín Rodrigo/Dannel Espinoza Intermezzo, from Concierto serenata
  • A. J. McCaffrey World premiere, made possible by Astral’s Micro-Commissioning program
  • David Maslanka from Recitation Book
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XAVIER FOLEY, double bass

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

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PERFORMING ARTISTS
  • Xavier Foley, double bass
  • Kelly Lin, piano
PROGRAM
  • Johann Matthias Sperger Sonate h-Moll, T 36 for Double Bass & Piano
  • César Franck/Stuart Sankey Sonata in A Major for Double Bass & Piano
  • Xavier Foley “Star” Sonata for Double Bass & Piano (World premiere)

 

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CHRYSTAL E. WILLIAMS, mezzo-soprano

Sunday, February 11, 2018 3:00pm
American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

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PERFORMING ARTISTS
  • Chrystal E. Williams, mezzo-soprano
  • Laurent Philippe, piano
  • Felipe Hostins, accordion
PROGRAM
  • Claude Debussy mélodies
  • Federico García Lorca from Canciones populares españolas
  • Felipe Hostins World premiere, made possible by Astral’s Micro-Commissioning program
  • Margaret Bonds Troubled Water & The Negro Speaks of Rivers
  • H. Leslie Adams from Nightsongs
  • Richard Teaster spirituals
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HENRY KRAMER, piano

Sunday, March 11, 2018 3:00pm
American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

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PERFORMING ARTISTS
  • Henry Kramer, piano
PROGRAM
  • Robert Schumann  Arabeske in C Major, Op.18; Toccata in C Major, Op. 7; & Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6
  • Maurice Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte & Miroirs
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ENCORE! 25th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Saturday, April 21, 20178 7:30pm
Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square
1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

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Astral’s 25th-anniversary season closes with a fitting celebration of Astral artists past and present, in a rousing chamber program. The clarinet shows off its colors and virtuosity in Schumann and Weber. Clara Schumann herself wrote in her diary of her husband’s “inexhaustible genius!” in his fascinating choice of clarinet, viola, and piano for his lively “Fairy Tales,” and Weber’s Clarinet Quintet remains a favorite in the repertory. Astral’s landmark season comes to an on-your-feet close with Dvorák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 – easily one of the finest and most exuberant examples of late Romantic chamber music.

PERFORMING ARTISTS
  • Soovin Kim, violin
  • Ayano Ninomiya, violin
  • Teng Li, viola
  • Timotheos Petrin, cello
  • Igor Begelman, clarinet
  • Sejoon Park, piano
PROGRAM
  • Robert Schumann Märchenerzählungen, “Fairy Tales,” Op. 132
  • Carl Maria von Weber Clarinet Quintet, Op. 34
  • Antonín Dvorák Piano Quintet No. 2, Op. 81
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