Departure and Discovery: New Directions at the Apex of Creativity

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society



On faculty at the Yale School of Music, the Brentano String Quartet is widely considered as one of the most thoughtful and musically accomplished string quartets performing today. The New York Times described their music making as “private, delicate, and fresh, but by its very intimacy and importance it seizes attention.”


Lewis Lapham, the former editor of Harper’s Magazine will discuss creativity, aging, and reinvention as part of a public panel moderated by classical music radio host Gregg Whiteside and featuring Harvard musicologist Christoph Wolff, former New York Times music critic Allan Kozinn, and behavorial scientist Dr. Daniel Gottlieb.


Jonathan Biss and Yilin Liu in performance for Departure and Discovery. Photo by Fadi Kheir.


The acclaimed English tenor Mark Padmore will continue his artistic collaboration with Jonathan Biss in the final of three project performances, featuring Schubert's Schwanengesang.


World-renowned pianist Jonathan Biss extends his deep musical and intellectual curiosity from the keyboard to classical music lovers in the concert hall and beyond. For this project, he will serve not only as pianist in three high-profile performances, but also as co-curator and the author of a Kindle Single.


Jonathan Biss and Soohong Park. Photo by Fadi Kheir.

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presented a trio of concerts from the world-acclaimed pianist Jonathan Biss, tenor Mark Padmore, violist Hsin-Yun Huang, and the Brentano String Quartet that provided audiences new insights into the forms of expression found in the late stages of the lives of nine great composers. The three programs were structured around the themes of "farewell," featuring work by Bach, Kurtág, Britten, and Beethoven; "waywardness," with music by Schumann, Gesualdo, Brahms, and Mozart; and "the voice of a visionary," featuring two works by Schubert. Together, the concerts highlighted the dramatic new directions taken and fresh discoveries made by these great composers while at the height of their creative powers. The series was accompanied by an interdisciplinary panel discussion featuring musical thought leaders Christoph Wolff and Allan Kozinn, writer Lewis Lapham, and behavioral scientist Dr. Daniel Gottlieb. A podcast series produced by David Osenberg utilized music and interviews to illustrate the ways in which composers' voices evolved into new realms in their final works. An accompanying Kindle Single by Biss is available online.

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