Top Upcoming Classical Music Performances In Philadelphia

August 20, 2012 4:00 AM

Philadelphia is a great place to see world-class musical performances. Philly is not only home to one of the “Big Five” American orchestras, it has a thriving chamber music society, a classical symphony and many renowned soloists that come here to play concerts. Whether you’re interested in strings, winds, piano, an ensemble or a full orchestra, there’s something amazing in store for you this fall.

“West Side Story” presented by The Philadelphia Orchestra
Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
260 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 893-1999

Dates: October 6 and 7

The Philadelphia Orchestra was founded in 1900 and is one of the “Big Five” American orchestras. This October, it will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic film “West Side Story” by playing its electrifying score live while the film shows on a huge screen with original vocals and dialogue. This event is perfect for people who are interested in hearing the orchestra but also want a night with a little bit more action. Young and old will enjoy “West Side Story” like never before. This performance truly has something for everyone.

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Shanghai Quartet with Peter Serkin presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center
260 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 569-8080

Date: October 19

The Shanghai Quartet was formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983. The quartet is now one of the world’s preeminent chamber ensembles. It has toured the major music centers of the world, from the Beijing International Music Festival to Lincoln Center. Pianist Peter Serkin entered the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia at age 11. Aside from solo performances and orchestra collaborations at Carnegie Hall, he has collaborated with the best—Yo-Yo Ma, Alexander Schneider and Pamela Frank, to name a few. The combination of the Shanghai Quartet and pianist Peter Serkin will be something to behold.

Colin Carr and Thomas Sauer presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
American Philosophical Society
105 S 5th St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 569-8080

Date: October 21

Colin Carr is a British cellist who has played across the world as both a soloist and chamber musician. He has toured and recorded for 20 years. Carr has won many international awards, and his recordings of the cello works of Britten, Crumb and Schuller as well as his Bach Suites are spectacular. He has been touring with duo partner Thomas Sauer, a pianist, throughout the United States and Europe. Sauer frequently collaborates with world-renowned instrumentalists Midori as well as Colin Carr. These two are a duo not to be missed.

Winds Outdoors and Alive presented by Philadelphia Classical Symphony
Church of the Holy Trinity
1904 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 228-2224

Date: October 23

The Winds Outdoors and Alive program highlights the beauty of woodwind instruments. The program ranges from Rautavaara’s folk melodies to Richard Strauss’ take on “Beauty and the Beast.” Winds Outdoors and Alive features two double concertos for the clarinet, bassoon and strings, with two first-chair musicians of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. Moreover, the program introduces Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, soprano and alto saxophonist for his professional concerto debut. If you love woodwinds, this is the program for you.

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Jeremy Denk presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center
260 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 569-8080

Date: October 30

Jeremy Denk is an American pianist who is one of today’s most compelling musicians. He has a broad repertoire and has appeared as a soloist with numerous major orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the London Philharmonia and the Atlanta Symphony. Denk has both a “master’s degree in music from Indiana University as well as a doctorate in piano performance from the Juilliard School where he worked with Herbert Stessin.” If you are interested in a stunning piano recital, this is for you.

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