McGill Brothers team with exciting new pianist
Siblings in chamber music have extra mystique: In an art form that thrives on the freedom that comes with familiarity between performers, siblings often bring an extra telepathy to their concerts, allowing two musical voices to act as one. So the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society audience that packed the American Philosophical Society had a right to have special expectations for the flute/clarinet duo of Demarre and Anthony McGill on Tuesday, as have others before them: As kids, the two accomplished McGills were featured on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Now, they come together amid busy schedules, Demarre from the Metropolitan Opera and Anthony from the New York Philharmonic. But their musical kinship is so obvious you could have been listening with a blindfold on and know that something unusual was happening.
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