Join us as we embark on a season of empowering the next generation of artists to create in a digital space. Astral Nova features seven digital events over the course of the 2020/2021 season, highlighting performances, discussions, artistic collaborations, and plenty of surprises.

While our Center City Concerts and Astral Circle series are on hold due to the current pandemic, we can’t wait to rejoin our audiences in-person once it’s safe to do so.

Astral Nova

Astral Nova March 13, 2021 7pm Ronaldo Rolim piano

Pianist Ronaldo Rolim presents Watershed, an evening of music and poetry mapping out the trajectory that American society has been collectively traversing since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. At the heart of the program are three variation sets in D minor, a key notorious for its pathos, evoking three different stages of this journey: a stark warning (Mendelssohn's Variations Sérieuses), a march to darkness (Rachmaninoff's Corelli Variations), and a path to redemption (Bach-Busoni's Chaconne). Ronaldo is joined by mezzo-soprano Chrystal E. Williams in this soul-searching program.

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Astral Nova April 10, 2021 7pm Thomas Mesa cello

Recent STRINGS Magazine cover artist Thomas Mesa explores an unconventional duo designed with social distancing in mind - a collaboration with organist Greg Zelek - performed from the magnificent setting of Longwood Gardens. Repertoire includes works by Beethoven, Dvořák, Lecuona, and more.

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Astral Nova May 8, 2021 7pm Brittany Lasch trombone

Trailblazing trombonist Brittany Lasch has been creating a new body of work for her instrument in the 21st century. Join us for a program of all new works written especially for Brittany and hear from some of the composers as they join in on a discussion of how collaboration drives creativity.

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Center City Concerts

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

All in-person concert events have been suspended due to the ongoing pandemic. Please check back for updates!

Astral Circle

A distinct classical music experience in Philadelphia, the Astral Circle is a series of elegant salon performances in beautiful homes and venues in and around the city. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres before the concerts, then share a delectable dinner with fellow music lovers, and be among the first to meet the newest members of the Astral roster. Enjoy one or enjoy them all-each Circle is a one-of-a-kind experience.

All in-person concert events have been suspended due to the ongoing pandemic. Please check back for updates!