We are excited to announce our Musical JewelBox series to connect you to the great artists that bring your favorite composers to life. Throughout the Fall, you can find performances and conversations with our extraordinary guests, composers, conductors, and musicians live-streamed to our YouTube channel.
Explore Mozart’s Violin Concerti and how his violin writing matured over two decades with Bella Hristova. David Hayes dives into Shostakovich and Schubert, and why he’s looking forward to pairing them in his Death and the Maiden program. Embrace the essential English sound of The Lark Ascending with Elena Urioste, and how it sits along the other towering British violin works of its time.
Our artists are true musical treasures, and we can’t wait to present them both on the stage and in your home.
Sunday, February 21 | 4:00pm
Michelle Johnson‘s singing has “magnetic immediacy thanks to clean vocal lines and word coloring that made her singing speak in beautifully formed musical sentences” –The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Hear her sing Verdi, Strauss, and Burleigh and tell us why she’s excited to be performing Beethoven’s “Ah! perfido” with the Chamber Orchestra.
Sunday, March 21 | 4:00pm
Jeffrey Brillhart is an American organist, improviser, and conductor. He has served as director of music and fine arts at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church since January 1983. He is music director of Philadelphia’s Singing City Choir, one of the first racially and religiously integrated symphonic choirs in America.
Sunday, April 11 | 4:00pm
Dirk Brossé, an internationally acclaimed conductor and composer, is currently Music Director of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia whose body of some 400 works encompasses concertos, oratorios, lieder, chamber music and symphonic pieces, as well as scores for cinema, television and stage.
Sunday, April 25 | 4:00pm
Called “[a]n uncommonly thoughtful, communicative musician” by The New York Times, Ignat Solzhenitsyn is a world renowned concert pianist and was the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia’s Music Director from 2004 to 2010. He is currently the ensemble’s conductor laureate.
Sunday, May 16 | 4:00pm
Acting Concertmaster for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Luigi Mazzocchi was born in Venezuela, where he studied in the El Sistema Youth Orchestras with José F. del Castillo. He is a prizewinner in solo competitions in Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the United States and has performed with nearly every professional orchestra in the region.
Sunday, June 6 | 4:00pm
Principal Cello Branson Yeast is a native of Houston, Texas and a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. While at Curtis, he was the last student of the late David Soyer of the Guarneri Quartet, a Jacqueline du Pré Memorial Fellow, and his graduation recital aired on WHYY Television.
Sunday, September 13 | 4:00pm
Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, violinist Bella Hristova was described by The Washington Post as “a player of impressive power and control”.
She talks with us about Mozart’s violin concerti and how they reflect his youthful style in comparison to his later works.
Thursday, September 24 | 7pm
David Hayes is music director of NYChoral, former director of The Philadelphia Singers, and professor at Mannes School of Music, where he also serves as music director of the Mannes Orchestra and heads orchestral and conducting studies.
Sunday, October 11 | 4:00pm
Recently selected as a BBC New Generation Artist, Urioste has been hailed by critics and audiences alike for her lush tone, the nuanced lyricism of her playing and her commanding stage presence.
She shares with us a performance Elgar, Britten, and Phyllis Tate and discusses her upcoming “The Lark Ascending” with the Chamber Orchestra.
Sunday, October 25 | 4:00pm
Join Music Director Dirk Brossé, Composer-in-Residence Nathan Bales for a discussion on writing music as both a young and established composer in our ever-changing world.
Sunday, November 8 | 4:00pm
Violinist Francisco Fullana, winner of the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, has been hailed as a “rising star” (BBC Music Magazine). His Carnegie Hall recital debut was noted for its “joy and playfulness in collaboration … it was perfection” (New York Concert Review).
Writing for Film with Dirk
Sunday, December 6 | 4:00pm
With an Emmy nomination for his work on HBO and BBC’s “Parade’s End”, Brossé is passionate about music for film. Learn more about his process, and why he finds it such a vibrant and important artform.
COP Holiday Party
Sunday, December 20 | 4:00pm
Relax with the Chamber Orchestra and your favorite holiday beverage as we listen to an amazing performance from soprano Michelle Johnson and talk about our favorite holiday masterpieces