Philadelphia Student Composers Project with the PRISM Quartet

Dec 6, 2021 at -


Philadelphia Student Composers Project

with the PRISM Quartet

December 6, 2021 (Monday) — 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Rose Recital Hall
Fisher-Bennett Hall, Room 419
3340 Walnut Street

The inaugural concert of the Philadelphia Student Composers Project features world premieres by four rising stars in Philadelphia, performed by the eminent PRISM Quartet. The program includes new works by: 


Elise Arancio, Curtis Institute of Music

Brendan McMullen, University of Pennsylvania

Sepehr Pirasteh, Temple University 

Gloria Quinn, University of the Arts


...plus music written for PRISM by three acclaimed composers with deep ties to Philadelphia:


David Serkin Ludwig

James Primosch

Julia Wolfe


David Lugwig will lead a brief talk-back with the four commissioned composers after the concert. The concert is free and open to the public, no reservations required. Penn OpenPass and proof of vaccination required to attend. 

This concert is sponsored by a generous grant from the Sachs Program for Arts Innovation and the University of Pennsylvania Music Department.


The Philadelphia Student Composers Project (PSCP) brings together student composers from the four major music institutions in Philadelphia (Penn, Curtis, Temple, and UArts) to offer two collaborative concerts per year, each of which will feature a world premiere student commission from each school. In creating PSCP, the four schools hope to offer students the chance to connect and share their works with those outside of their programs, helping them to feel more grounded in their community. Learn more about this exciting new program here.


The PRISM Quartet seeks to place the saxophone in unexpected contexts, chart fresh musical territory, and to challenge, inspire, and move audiences. “A bold ensemble that set the standard for contemporary-classical saxophone quartets” (The New York Times), PRISM has been presented by Carnegie Hall and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; appeared as soloists with the Detroit Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra, and conducted residencies at the nation’s leading conservatories, including the Curtis Institute and the Oberlin Conservatory. PRISM has commissioned hundreds of works, from talented students to recipients of the Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Fellowship. PRISM’s discography is extensive, with releases on Albany, BMOP/Sound, ECM, innova, Koch International, Naxos, and its own label, XAS Records.