The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (PCMS) presents a rich and compelling variety of chamber music and recital programs performed by exceptional international and Philadelphia-based artists at affordable prices. Founded in 1986, PCMS is a resident company of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and has presented more than 1,500 concerts, including 65 commissions and world premieres.
The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society presented First Soundings, a series of ten concerts featuring eight Philadelphia premieres and two world premieres. The program included the Emerson, Orion, Muir, Brentano, Juilliard, and Daedalus String Quartets, as well as violinist James Ehnes, the New York Philharmonic wind ensemble, principal harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra Elizabeth Hainen, pianist Lydia Artymiw, and flutist Carol Wincenc. Together, they performed works by composers Thomas Adès, Lukas Foss, David Horne, Lee Hyla, Aaron Kernis, Lowell Lieberman, Melinda Wagner, Robert Capanna, Richard Wernick, and David Maslanka.