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The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performs the greatest works of chamber music in NYC’s Alice Tully Hall and in concert halls across the world.

When CMS was founded, live performance of chamber music was dominated by the string quartet. CMS drew together a small repertory company, nine of the finest string, wind, and keyboard artists, and started performing a rich array of repertoire not often heard on the concert stages of New York City. Since that time, the world of chamber music has grown and changed dramatically, with large numbers of

When CMS was founded, live performance of chamber music was dominated by the string quartet. CMS drew together a small repertory company, nine of the finest string, wind, and keyboard artists, and started performing a rich array of repertoire not often heard on the concert stages of New York City. Since that time, the world of chamber music has grown and changed dramatically, with large numbers of

Operating as usual

05/30/2022

In honor of Memorial Day, here is a moment of inspiration from American composer Aaron Copland's Pulitzer Prize-winning work, Appalachian Spring.

Take a moment today to spend time with this work in its entirety: https://bit.ly/3Gjmx4z

Artists: Gloria Chien , Kristin Lee, violinist , Chad Hoopes, Arnaud Sussmann, Angelo Xiang Yu, Matthew Lipman, Paul Neubauer, David Finckel, Nicholas Canellakis, Anthony Manzo, Ransom Wilson, David Shifrin, and Mark Goldberg.

05/27/2022

Take a day trip of sorts with CMS musician and violist extraordinaire Matthew Lipman as he shares insight from our tour to Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, this Saturday.

Matt will share behind the scenes views of the music, food, atmosphere, and serenity of this quaint village and chamber music mini-festival via our Instagram page in the Stories section. Don't miss out-- follow us on Instagram at @chambermusicsociety

05/26/2022

📝Here's a quick recipe for a perfect Summer Evening for just $20:

1.) Start with this charming quartet in g minor for piano, violin, viola and cello by Mozart...
2.) Add six world-renowned chamber musicians...
3.) Finish with complimentary wine sponsored by Clos du Val Wine Co...

Voila! An evening to remember at Lincoln Center. 😎 🥂

Our first Summer Evenings concert of 2022 will feature pianist Michael Stephen Brown, violinist Chad Hoopes, Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu 吳天心, cellist Keith Robinson, clarinetist Tommaso Lonquich, and horn player Kevin Rivard, Wednesday, July 6th.

$20 Tickets on sale now: https://bit.ly/3PFNOmb

(This video features Mozart's Quartet in G Minor for Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello with Gilles Vonsattle, Arnaud Sussmann, David Requiro, and Matthew Lipman.)

Did you miss The Innovators: Debussy to Crumb earlier this month? You've still got three days to purchase access to this...
05/25/2022
Digital Encore: The Innovators: Debussy to Crumb | The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Did you miss The Innovators: Debussy to Crumb earlier this month? You've still got three days to purchase access to this incredible concert, and once purchased you can enjoy the full performance until July 12th.

“Going out on a limb” is an adventure taken by artists seeking to break through to new levels. When they have done so, the world has typically received much of the most exciting and memorable art ever created. This program unites four of music’s most innovative composers, each building bridges...

05/24/2022

“It is like the last sentence of a fairy tale: 'And they lived happily ever after.' The story leaves a memory and you cannot tell if it all happened in a dream or reality. This story is composed as homage to a great master, and is dedicated to him.” Estonian composer Arvo Pärt described his "Darf ich ..." for solo violin, bell in C sharp (ad lib.) and strings, dedicated to Yehudi Menuhin.

Featuring: violinists Benny Kim, Jessica Lee, Bella Hristova, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Daniel Hope, Danbi Um, Violinist, violists Mark Holloway and Hsin-Yun Huang, Violist, cellists Danial McDonough and Keith Robinson, double bassist Anthony Manzo, and percussionist Ian David Rosenbaum.

Find the full #YouTubeTuesday video on our Youtube Channel!
https://www.youtube.com/c/chambermusicsociety/videos

05/23/2022

Every composer deserves a holiday!

Check out the full performance of this exciting work-- "Composer's Holiday" from Three American Pieces by Lukas Foss on our website and enjoy your own mini musical getaway. 😉

Full performance: https://bit.ly/384josQ

Artists: Cho-Liang Lin and Jon Kimura Parker

05/22/2022

Celebrate World Fiddle Day the CMS way with Kristin Lee, violinist and violist Matthew Lipman playing a rhapsodic Passacaglia in g minor by Norwegian composer Johan Halvorsen based on the final movement from the harpsichord suite in G minor by George Frideric Handel.

05/20/2022

Spend a minute with composer Caroline Shaw and the Calidore String Quartet, and then catch them in the full Composers in Focus event, available now, on demand. 🎬

More info: https://bit.ly/3wCrQI6

05/18/2022

And that’s how you close a season. 🙌
Congratulations to all of this season’s artists, thank you to every audience member, and thank you to each patron and donor who help us make moments like this one. Here’s to many more!

Artists from Carnival of the Animals: @miroquartet @ayano.kataoka @tarahelenoconnor Stephen Taylor, @erikabaikoff @josefranchballester @lucillechung @michaelbrownpiano and Ian David Rosenbaum

#cmslc #chambermusic #classicalmusic #classicalmusicians #musiciansofig #onstage #nycmusic #violinists #piano #pianists #winds #windplayer #flute

05/16/2022

We stopped by rehearsals last week to ask a few of the musicians from the season finale-- Carnival of the Animals-- which animal/movement from the work they love the most... check out their answers and comment below with your own!

There's still one more concert, Tuesday evening at 7:30PM! https://bit.ly/3LllWAl

Featuring: pianist Michael Stephen Brown, Miró Quartet, and pianist Lucille Chung

Tomorrow night's concert includes these artists as well as oboist Stephen Taylor, double bassist Scott Pingel, soprano Erika Baikoff, flutist Tara Helen O'Connor, clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester, and percussionists Ayano Kataoka and Ian David Rosenbaum.

Trios, quartets, quintets, and duos from high schools throughout the tri-state area were invited to perform at Alice Tul...
05/16/2022

Trios, quartets, quintets, and duos from high schools throughout the tri-state area were invited to perform at Alice Tully Hall May 14th at our 38th Annual Young Musicians Concert. Ensembles were selected from 4 regional concerts presented earlier this season.

We could not be more proud of each of these ensembles. Follow along in our Stories as we highlight the dedicated young musicians who took part in this year's incredible concert.

Artists featured: a trio from Bergen County Academies playing Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op. 83 by Max Bruch,

Learn more about the Young Musicians Competition and Program here: https://www.chambermusicsociety.org/nyc/education-programs/school-programs/young-musicians-program/

05/13/2022

Celebrate Friday the 13th with a little music of mystery... Our Digital Encore of The Innovators: Debussy to Crumb is available online now!

Watch today: https://bit.ly/3McS0rf

Artists include: Tony Arnold, Gloria Chien, Gilbert Kalish, Juho Pohjonen, William Anderson, Bridget Kibbey, James Austin Smith, Daniel Druckman, Ayano Kataoka, Ian David Rosenbaum

Camille Saint-Saëns was so worried that he would not be taken seriously due to the humor of Carnival of the Animals that...
05/12/2022

Camille Saint-Saëns was so worried that he would not be taken seriously due to the humor of Carnival of the Animals that he ensured that the full work was not published until after his death. He even tried to limit its performances.

Thankfully, his friends were so enchanted with the music that they begged the otherwise serious Saint-Saëns to approve one movement for publication as a freestanding solo: The Swan.

Discover what his contemporaries and generations since have loved about all 14 movements of this timeless and enchanting work, May 15 and 17 in Alice Tully Hall

Tickets available now: https://bit.ly/3w5dMaS

(Image courtesy of Chris Ang)

Tonight’s gala honors our Co-Artistic Directors, David Finckel and Wu Han. Their work inspires everyone at CMS to focus ...
05/10/2022

Tonight’s gala honors our Co-Artistic Directors, David Finckel and Wu Han. Their work inspires everyone at CMS to focus on chamber music and community. Here they are— listening— backstage. #cmslc #lincolncenter #chambermusic #cello #piano #musicatlincolncenter

In 1950, composer/pianist Benjamin Britten and tenor Peter Pears commissioned composer Aaron Copland to arrange a set of...
05/10/2022

In 1950, composer/pianist Benjamin Britten and tenor Peter Pears commissioned composer Aaron Copland to arrange a set of American folk songs for the two to perform at Britten’s Music and Arts Festival in Aldeburgh, England.

Hear one of these beloved pieces, "I Bought Me A Cat," from Copland's Old American Songs as part of our Carnival of Animals concert, May 15 and 17, with soprano Erika Baikoff and pianist Michael Stephen Brown.

Tickets available now: https://bit.ly/3w07jOE

(Picture copyright: Britten-Pears Library)

"Sweet bird, that shun’st the noise of folly,Most musical, most melancholy!"It's not an opera, not an oratorio, not even...
05/09/2022

"Sweet bird, that shun’st the noise of folly,
Most musical, most melancholy!"

It's not an opera, not an oratorio, not even an ode, but George Frideric Handel's "Sweet Bird," from his L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Concerto Grosso in G was described in his time as, "an entertainment." From the enchanting opening flute passage to the gentle lyrics for the soprano; it's the poetry of Milton perfectly coupled with the drama and lyricism of Handel.

May 15 and 17, experience the beauty of this work with flutist Tara Helen O'Connor and soprano Erika Baikoff.

Tickets: https://bit.ly/3KXh83Z
(Photo of the Malachite Kingfisher: Chris Ang )

How would you like a pre-concert champagne reception, prime orchestra seats, and then a private dinner with The Danish S...
05/09/2022

How would you like a pre-concert champagne reception, prime orchestra seats, and then a private dinner with The Danish String Quartet after their concert in Alice Tully Hall this October?

Sounds like quite the evening!

Bid on this experience and more in our gala auction today: https://bit.ly/3FrV1l8

In the meantime, our annual gala is tomorrow, May 10th, and concert-only tickets are still available for just $50! https://bit.ly/39ClK2m

What inspires you? Bird warbles, cat sounds, and even frog croaks came to mind for 17th Century Bohemian-Austrian compos...
05/06/2022

What inspires you?

Bird warbles, cat sounds, and even frog croaks came to mind for 17th Century Bohemian-Austrian composer Heinrich Biber when his employer, the Count of Kromeriz in Moravia requested programmatic music. Biber let his imagination roam wild and mimicked the natural sounds of the forest, barnyard, and fields with uncanny accuracy in his Sonata representativa in A major for Violin and Continuo, C. 146.

Hear this work --played for the first time in Alice Tully Hall in over a decade-- along with music by Handel, Haydn, Copeland, Debussy, and Saint-Saëns, May 15 and 17 as we celebrate the natural world for our season finale: Carnival of The Animals.

Tickets on sale now: https://bit.ly/3MMNHTy

(Photo: Chris Ang Photography)

Applications for The Bowers Program for Individual Artists and Ensembles is now open! Apply today for this career-changi...
05/05/2022

Applications for The Bowers Program for Individual Artists and Ensembles is now open! Apply today for this career-changing residency.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/38873Uv

(Photos feature current Bowers Program Artists: James Thompson, Stella Chen, and Sihao He)

Even at the age of 25, Beethoven was both ambitious and practical in his first publication; his Trio in G major for Pian...
05/04/2022

Even at the age of 25, Beethoven was both ambitious and practical in his first publication; his Trio in G major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 1. This set of three piano trios gave him the opportunity to display his remarkable skills at the keyboard while also pushing the boundaries of how his predecessors had treated the piano trio's lighter form and expressivity.

Join us tomorrow evening as CMS Artistic Director Wu Han, violinist James Thompson, and cellist Nicholas Canellakis perform one of the works that set the stage for Beethoven's expansive repertoire.

More information and tickets available now: https://www.chambermusicsociety.org/nyc/events/upcoming/rose-studio-samuel-coleridge-taylor-louise-farrenc/

Ecstatic. Solemn. Timeless.Experience how music can move you with tonight's program, The Innovators: Debussy to Crumb. W...
05/03/2022

Ecstatic. Solemn. Timeless.

Experience how music can move you with tonight's program, The Innovators: Debussy to Crumb.

With vocal works from Charles Ives, George Crumb, and Claude Debussy sung by critically-acclaimed soprano Tony Arnold, as well as Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring for Piano, Four Hands." This is music to remember.

Tonight, 7:30PM in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center : https://bit.ly/3FcvVX5

Artists: Gloria Chien, Gilbert Kalish, Juho Pohjonen, William Anderson, Bridget Kibbey, James Austin Smith, Daniel Druckman, Ayano Kataoka, Ian David Rosenbaum
(Photos: Cherylynn Tsushima)

05/02/2022

Chamber music often highlights our ability to adapt and collaborate. In that light, we are adjusting the concert for May 5th in the Rose Studio due to an illness. Our updated program includes Franz Schubert's "Trout" Quintet for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass in A Major with pianist Michael Stephen Brown, violinist Arnaud Sussmann, violist Matthew Lipman, cellist Nicholas Canellakis, and double bassist Anthony Manzo.

We'll also enjoy Beethoven's Trio in G Major for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 1, No. 2 featuring pianist and Artistic Director Wu Han, violinist James Thompson, and cellist Nicholas Canellakis.

Tickets available now: https://bit.ly/3LFea5o

(Here's a moment of Schubert's beloved "Trout" Quintet from 2015.)

05/01/2022

Percussionists are inventors, engineers, and imaginative artists by nature.

Help us welcome three incredible percussionists-- Daniel Druckman, Ayano Kataoka, and Ian David Rosenbaum-- to Alice Tully Hall Tuesday, May 3 for The Innovators: Debussy to Crumb as we celebrate composers who expanded the realm of chamber music.

Tickets available now: https://bit.ly/3OU7YIO

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“An exploding star in the musical firmament.” -Wall Street Journal

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, (CMS) is one of eleven constituents of the largest performing arts complex in the world, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, which includes the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center Theater, and The Metropolitan Opera. CMS has its home in Lincoln Center's magnificent Alice Tully Hall. Through its many performance, education, recording, and broadcast activities, it brings the exhilarating experience of great chamber music to more people than any other organization of its kind. Under the inspired leadership of Co-Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han, CMS presents a wide variety of concert series and educational events for listeners of all ages, appealing to both connoisseurs and newcomers. The performing artists constitute a revolving multi-generational and international roster of the world’s finest chamber musicians, enabling CMS to present chamber music of every instrumentation, style, and historical period. Annual activities include a full season in New York, an equally full season of national and international tours, nationally televised broadcasts on PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center, an international radio series, and regular broadcasts on SiriusXM and American Public Media’s Performance Today. Audiences worldwide enjoy an extensive selection of New York performances through live stream on the CMS website.

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In case you missed Jennifer Johnson Cano's riveting performance in Marc Neikrug's new chamber opera at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in February, you can see it online for free, beginning tonight at 7:30, for one week only. [It's the tragic story of a celebrated concert singer who develops early onset Alzheimer's, and the love between her and her husband/accompanist.] Co-starring Ryan Bradford. Haunting music performed by FLUX Quartet and David Shifrin.
David is named the 2022 recipient of the Elise L. Stoeger Prize awarded by the The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for "significant contributions to chamber music, excellence in composition, and musicianship" The Stoeger Prize for composers of chamber music was established by a generous gift from Milan Stoeger as a memorial to his wife, Elise, and in gratitude for the music that had been one of the principal joys of their lives. The Prize is awarded in recognition of achievement in the field of chamber music composition rather than for a specific work.
Last night we were thrilled to welcome the return of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to Hodgson Concert Hall after an absence of more than two years. The ensemble included returning favorites Wu Han (piano), David Finckel (cello), and Matthew Lipman (viola), along with James Thompson (violin) in his #UGAPresents debut. The musicians brought passion and vitality to music by Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms. What a performance!
Photos from our tour of "Big Blue" with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
🤩It's concert day again!!🤩 It's not too late to get your tickets for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center "Magical Schubert" TONIGHT at the Hunter Museum of American Art 5:30 Art Connections 6:30 Concert Tickets are available online until 3:00pm, then only at the door with a credit card only. https://www.stringtheorymusic.org/concerts/chamber-music-society-of-lincoln-center-on-tour-magical-schubert All guests will be required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test result within 24 hours. Masks required. #tickets #chambermusic #livemusic #concert #visitchattanooga #datenight
We’re excited to welcome back The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presented by Charles Schwab - Maureen Parker to Pitney Meadows Community Farm for another season of “CMS at the Meadows.” 🎉 In honor of Juneteenth, CMS celebrates humanity and the multi-layered traditions of Black music, past and present, highlighted by Msimelelo Mbali performing a moving tribute to the African American vocal tradition. Discover the CMS Summer 2022 program lineup here: https://bit.ly/SPAC22CMS
First Prize winner of the 2008 Naumburg International Violoncello Competition, David Requiro has emerged as one of today’s finest American cellists. After winning First Prize in both the Washington International and Irving M. Klein International String Competitions, he also captured a top prize at the Gaspar Cassadó International Violoncello Competition in Hachioji, Japan, coupled with the prize for the best performances of works by Cassadó. See David Requiro with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on tour at String Theory on March 1, 2022 at 6:30pm Tickets at https://www.stringtheorymusic.org/concerts/chamber-music-society-of-lincoln-center-on-tour-magical-schubert All guests required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 24 hours. Masks required.
I'm honored to be writing a new The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center-commissioned piano work for Gilbert Kalish to premiere on March 30, 2023 at Lincoln Center on his solo recital, alongside Bach, Janáček and Ives, as part of CMS' "Art of the Recital" series. I'm excited to be part of this season which features so many contemporary voices!
Just announced! The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center ‘s 22-23 season, featuring many performances with Stella Chen including a recital with Gilles Vonsattel. The program includes CMS premieres by #elinoralberga and #graznyabacewicz. #stellachen #violin #violinist
Just Announced! Paul will return to Lincoln Center on 11/13 for a recital evening at Alice Tully Hall with pianist Anne-Marie McDermott. As part of CMS 2022-23 season lineup, the duo will present music by Pärt, Prokofiev, Mozart, and Corigliano. More info: https://www.chambermusicsociety.org/nyc/events/upcoming/paul-huang-and-anne-marie-mcdermott-in-recital/ Arts Management Group Arabella Arts Musiespaña The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
David and Wu Han are thrilled to announce the 2022-23 season at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center!
The 2022-23 season at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center features more than 50 works new to the organization as well as music from over 30 living composers, including world premieres by Zosha Di Castri, Julia Adolphe, James Lee III, and Eric Nathan.