The Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society was established in 1961 by a group of civic leaders committed to providing Pittsburgh audiences with the opportunity to hear the world's finest chamber music artists. Over the past five decades the Society has continued to realize that vision by presenting an impressive array of the most renowned chamber musicians. These include the Julliard, Guarneri, Emerson, Pacifica, Artemis, Takács, Orion, Tokyo, and Hagen Quartets, the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson, Eroica, and Beaux Arts Trios, world-class brass and woodwind ensembles, and groups of mixed instrumentation. The many distinguished soloists that have appeared on PCMS's series include Yefim Bronfman, Peter Serkin, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Richard Stoltzman, and Dawn Upshaw.
In carrying out its mandate, PCMS has been guided consistently by two basic principles: quality and variety. Each year's program is a carefully balanced menu of acclaimed chamber ensembles along with the most brilliant emerging groups. The programs also reflect a balance of traditional musical masterpieces as well as contemporary, intercultural, or crossover compositions.
Consonant with its mission to present extraordinary chamber music, PCMS is committed to cultivating an appreciation for the art in students and adults throughout the Pittsburgh community. To this end, PCMS has offered educational programs and experiences including masterclasses and coachings with visiting artists, plays and musical programs in Pittsburgh schools, workshops, lectures, scholarships, and multi-faceted outreach projects including the Beethoven Project, the Percussion Effect, the Guitar Effect, and the Mendelssohn Project. Since 2010, PCMS has collaborated with the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School to offer "Poco a Poco," an educational strings program bringing instruments and musical instruction to the students of the ULGP Charter School.
The Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society is a vital element of the cultural life in Pittsburgh and is recognized throughout the classical music world. It is one of the most respected chamber music organizations in North America.
To present world-class chamber music ensembles and soloists, promising emerging artists, and innovative programs; and to foster an appreciation for chamber music in the Pittsburgh community by offering educational programs and experiences.
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