Under the auspices of Grammy and ECHO Klassik Award-winner Fabio Luisi, now serving in his third season as General Music Director of the Zurich Opera, the New Year brings the launch of Philharmonia Records, the new recording label of the Philharmonia Zurich. Released on the heels of the orchestra’s 30th-anniversary celebrations this month, the first three titles all feature the Italian conductor in repertory for which he has been justly celebrated.

“Awake At Night” is the first commission I’ve received to write for string quartet, which for a violinist, may be the purest form of composition. I’m excited especially that it is for the highly regarded ALIAS ensemble. —Composer-musician Conni Ellisor, on her World Premiere String Quartet for the Winter concert



We began the New Year on a high note, at APAP | NYC 2015, and then at the Chamber Music America 2015. 

We will be giving away a pair of tickets for Gregory Port's Friday, January 23rd performance as bart of the Deloitte Jazz Series at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center during Afternoon Classics.  Gregory Porter is a Grammy Award winning jazz vocalist who is making his first appearance at the Schermerhorn for a night of soulful music. With his rich baritone and poetic delivery, Porter has been compared to the greatest of the greats, from Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers to Nat King Cole. NPR has called him the next great male jazz singer.” 

Pianist Amy Dorfman and cellist Michael Samis will perform a recital at the Blair School of Music’s Turner Hall, Thursday, February 12, at 8 pm. Aptly scheduled on Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, the performance explores music by composers who had a voice in human rights, standing for equality in their daily lives and through their music.