First Soundings

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society



Clarinetist Anthony McGill and the Brentano Quartet perform during an open rehearsal. Photo by Langdon Photography. Courtesy of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

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.