We are pleased to announce Astral’s 2016-2017 “Center City Concerts” – a season of chamber music masterpieces alongside innovative recital programs.
Astral’s “Center City Concerts” is acclaimed for presenting memorable and imaginative performances by some of the finest musicians of their generation. Subscription and single tickets available by June 1.

“…the exuberance glowed from the stage…That’s been the Astral experience…” – The Philadelphia Inquirer

Bach Varied

Saturday, September 17, 2016, 7:30pm
Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square
1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Luosha Fang, violin
Danbi Um, violin
Ayane Kozasa, viola
Gabriel Cabezas, cello
Andrius Žlabys, piano

Bach Keyboard – Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052
Bach/Dmitry Sitkovetsky – Goldberg Variations for String Trio, BWV 988

Variations on the great master’s originals compose the opening concert of the Astral In Concert season. With its virtuosity and aria-like melodies, Bach’s Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor was likely created as a transcription from an earlier violin concerto. The Goldberg Variations stand as one of the greatest keyboard works ever written, making it a popular subject for arrangements. Sitkovetsky’s arrangement, for string trio, opens up new dimensions for the listener with its luxurious string sound.

 

Jordan Dodson, guitar

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 3:00pm

American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

 

Gabriel Cabezas, cello

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 3:00pm

American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

 

Encore! (New Program)

Friday, January 27, 2017, 7:30pm

American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

 

Kodály, Penderecki & Taneyev

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 7:30pm

Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square
1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Ayano Ninomiya, violin
Danbi Um, violin
Maurycy Banaszek, viola
Timotheos Petrin, cello
Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet
Viktor Valkov, piano

Kodály – Duo for Violin & Cello, Op. 7
Penderecki – Clarinet Quartet
Taneyev – Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 30

Violin and cello exchange a variety of dance tunes recalling the folkloric influences in Kodály’s rhapsodic Duo, and Penderecki’s haunting Clarinet Quartet makes full use of the clarinet and string trio’s tonal palette. And the addictive energy of Sergei Taneyev’s seldom-heard Piano Quintet is clear in the show-stopping close of this expressive and dramatic chamber music program.

 

Sejoon Park, piano

Sunday, March 5, 2017, 3:00pm

American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

 

The Art Of The Quartet

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 7:30pm

Church of the Holy Trinity, Rittenhouse Square
1904 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Eunice Kim, violin
Kristin Lee, violin
Born Lau, viola
Christine Lamprea, cello
Henry Kramer, piano

Schubert – Quartettsatz, D. 703
Schumann – Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 47
Mendelssohn – String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80

One of chamber music’s most beloved formations, the quartet comes in all manner of compelling combinations of instruments and repertoire. It is suspected that Schubert’s Quartettsatz remained a single movement simply because Schubert couldn’t match the thrilling inspiration of the first movement in what was to follow. Schumann’s Piano Quartet, less one instrument than the more well-known piano quintet form, is filled with characteristic Schumannesque gestures and founts of lush, romantic melodies, and Mendelssohn’s ultra-passionate String Quartet in F minor is the composer’s last, and arguably greatest, piece of chamber music.

Program, artists, dates, times, and venues are subject to change.