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 the Next Generation Project: a series of concerts intended to forge connections between the world's preeminent chamber musicians and the next generation of classical music audiences. The series premiered 13 works, performed by the ensembles and artists that inspired each: the Takács, Emerson, Juilliard, St. Lawrence, Daedalus, and Belcea quartets; violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn; flutists Jeffrey Khaner and Marina Piccinini; pianist Jonathan Biss; and the New York Wind Quintet. Works by Ingrid Arauco, Curt Cacioppo, David Finko, Jan Krzywicki, and Adam Wernick received world premieres. Audiences also heard the Philadelphia premieres of works by Elliott Carter, Lawrence Dillon, Osvaldo Golijov, Daniel Kellogg, David Ludwig, Donald Martino, Bernard Rands, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and Richard Wernick. Piccinini, Biss, and the Emerson, St. Lawrence, and Daedalus quartets conducted master classes at Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music.