CHAMBER music series
Fishin’ in C presents chamber music of the highest standard performed by extraordinary young artists sharing their fresh interpretations of some of the world’s greatest music. We perform in intimate and exciting spaces, explore all genres of music, and promote cross-disciplinary collaboration among artists.
We are more than a concert series; we are an artistic haven that encourages dialogue between players and audiences. Through a combination of innovative programming, salon-style intimacy and dynamic artistry, Fishin' in C represents the future of chamber music while honoring its past: beauty and art shared between friends.
All concerts take place at:
Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Atonement
1542 E. Montgomery
Philadelphia, PA 19125
All concerts are open to the public. We are a donation-based series (average donation $20, students $10) but all are welcome to attend, regardless of donation.
01/26 SATURDAY 2pm
“Keyboard à la carte”
Join us for Fishin’s season opener! Featuring a scintillating selection of keyboard delicacies in this musical tasting menu guaranteed to dazzle and delight. Program to include works by Scarlatti, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, and Earl Wild.
Featuring special guest pianist Carlos Avila
02/16 SATURDAY 2pm
“Valentine - from my heart”
Romance is the flavor of the day in this concert of amorous chamber music for two. Enjoy Romanza by Andrea Clearfield, Sean Hickey's heartfelt Reckoning, Paul Coletti’s soulful From my Heart, and Franz Liszt’s transcription of the timeless Libestod, or “Love-death” from Wagner’s beloved opera Tristan und Isolde.
Featuring Fishin's co-founders, Zhenni Li, Piano & Matthew Cohen, Viola
03/09 SATURDAY 2pm
Featuring Fishin's co-founder Matthew Cohen, Viola
Experience the viola like never before! This recital of enchanting character pieces and dramatic tours-de-force will take you on a voyage of virtuosity! The program culminates with Cesar Franck’s soaring Sonata in A major, a wedding present to the legendary violinist Eugene Ysaye bursting with romantic yearning and poignant melodies.
03/30 SATURDAY 2pm
“J’ADORE PARIS AU PRINTEMPS”
Dive into the beauty of French impressionism in this colorful program of sonatas for cello and piano - featuring works by Francis Poulenc and Cesar Franck.
Featuring special guest cellist Ari Evan
04/13 SATURDAY 2pm
“a letter by candlelight” - music by sergei bortkiewicz
Described by one reviewer as “the Frank Sinatra of the romantic era”, Sergei Bortkiewicz’ works for piano are put on display by Fishin’ Co-founder Zhenni Li in an intimate, candlelit setting as Li prepares them for her second album with Steinway & Sons.
Featuring Fishin's co-founder Astral Artist Zhenni Li
04/27 SATURDAY 2pm
“Baroque to bluegrass”
Plucked strings reign supreme in the exotic duo combination of Domra and Mandolin! Enjoy a diverse program from Scarlatti sonatas to Tennessee Waltz and Astor Piazzolla.
Featuring Ekaterina Skliar, Domra & Alexey Alexandrov, Mandolin
05/25* SATURDay 2pm
SEASON FINALE - “Quintet extravaganza” - BoheMia’s most famous composer meets bohemian rhapsody
The piano joins the string quartet to create an unstoppable force! Come and experience two masterworks by two titans of their respective genres: Antonin Dvorak’s incredible Piano Quintet is paired with Freddie Mercury’s classic Bohemian Rhapsody arranged for Piano Quintet in this explosive season finale.
“FiShin’ in C 2020 Young artists competition” - final round
Announcing the debut of the first ever Fishin’ in C Young Artists Competition! Come watch talented youth compete for cash prizes and performance opportunities in the first of Fishin’s ventures to support young artists and provide educational offerings.
Deadline for application is April 1, 2020
09/09 Sunday 2pm
“PictureS” - music with projected IMAGES pictures by Hartmann AND FOOTAGE BY PIXAR
Music and art join forces in this colorful program of works inspired by paintings and scenes! Mussorgsky's famous Pictures at an Exhibition is presented here in its original version for solo piano with the paintings that inspired it projected in the background. Debussy's iconic Poisson d'Or is juxtaposed with footage from Pixar's classic Finding Nemo.
Featuring Fishin's co-founders, Astral Artist Zhenni Li.
09/30 Sunday 2pm
“Mysteries of the Orient” - music of the exotic, paired with silent film
Slip into a fever-dream of the far East. Explore the land that captured so many composers' imagination as we take you to Java, Sumatra, Borneo, China, and Spain. This scintillating journey features Ernest Bloch's massive Suite depicting travels in the Orient, excerpts from Debussy's Preludes and Images inspired by the Javanese Gamelan, and Albeniz' journey to the summer nights of Spain in the darkly gleaming Navarra.
10/07 Sunday 2pm
“Fishin' in the North Sea” - music of England and Germany
Join us in Northern Europe as we go fishing for a musical feast in the North Sea, the body of water connecting England and Germany! Enjoy such masterworks as Bach's 3rd Gamba Sonata, Schumann's Fantasiestücke, Rebecca Clarke's Viola Sonata, York Bowen's Phantasy, and Beethoven's 32 Variations.
Featuring Fishin's co-founders, Zhenni Li, Piano & Matthew Cohen, Viola
10/21 Sunday 2pm
"Towards the Flame” - a modern take on the salon concert
A Concert in the Salon. Program featuring music either written for or arranged for performance in the salon.
Featuring special guest pianist Jessica Osbourne
10/26 Friday 7pm
"Heifetz on tour"- music of string family
"Fishin' in C" presents Heifetz International Music Institute, with all things strings featured in this special program! This full-length, two part concert includes solo works for violin, viola, cello and piano in the first half as well as chamber works by Piazzolla and Fauré in the second.
Featuring special guests Melody Yuan, violin, Matthew Cohen, viola, Noémie Raymond-Friset, cello, Zhenni Li, piano
11/04 Sunday 2pm
“Bach to the Beatles” - The fab four meet the grandfather of western music
Enjoy classics of both the classical and rock world in this special crossover concert!
Featuring special arrangement by Carson Cohen
11/18 Sunday 2pm
“Three's Company” - featuring the thrilling trio of violin, viola and piano
Join us for an afternoon of incredible trios, including the electrifying Oblivion and Winter by the Argentinian tango master Astor Piazzolla, Brahms' Trio in B Major, Op. 8, and Max Bruch's Eight Pieces.
Featuring special guest violinist Bela Horvath; Matthew Cohen, viola & Zhenni Li, piano
12/02 Sunday 2pm
“100 years of Debussy” - featuring chamber music with Saxophone and Viola
A celebration of the centenary of Debussy's passing! Debussy waxes rhapsodic in the two Rhapsodies for saxophone and viola, accompanied by selections from his rarely performed Trio in G major and his celebrated Preludes.
Featuring special guest saxophonist Jonathan Wintringham
12/16 Sunday 2pm
“Classical meets DJ” - featuring Corey Duncan
Special guest DJ Corey Duncan of the Philadelphia Art Dept. guides us through an exciting vinyl tour juxtaposed with carefully selected classical pairings
Stay tuned for FALL 2019
Allegro Music Consultants
Jonathen Ezra, Stage Manager
Pastor Noah Hepler, Adjunct Stage and Lighting Manager
Nicole Palmquist, Media and Marketing Director
Carson Cohen, Arranger/Artistic Consultant
Benjamin K Roe, Adjunct Artistic Advisor
Matthew Cohen, Violist, Co-founder of Fishin' in C
Zhenni Li, Pianist, Co-founder of Fishin' in C
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org