Ensemble | Public Relations
April 6, 2015

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will present the Emerson String Quartet in two concerts at Alice Tully Hall this May, performing works of Mozart, Tchaikovsky and the New York premiere of a work by Lowell Liebermann. On May 17 & 19, the Quartet is joined by CMS Artists - violist Paul Neubauer & cellist Colin Carr - to close the Chamber Music Society's impressive season.

The New York premiere of Lowell Liebermann’s String Quartet No. 5 was commissioned by a consortium of presenters through Music Accord, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Violinist Eugene Druckerdescribes Liebermann's quartet as having "a perceptible narrative arc, a sense of having come full circle by the time the opening material is evoked, transformed into something even more ethereal, at the end. Audiences seem to find the work accessible, meaningful and moving. That is no small achievement in today's varied musical landscape."

About the Emerson String Quartet

The Emerson String Quartet has an unparalleled list of achievements over three decades: more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys® (including two for Best Classical Album), three Gramophone Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s "Ensemble of the Year" and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time.

The arrival of Paul Watkins in 2013 has had a profound effect on the Emerson Quartet.   Mr. Watkins, a distinguished soloist, award-winning conductor, and devoted chamber musician, joined the ensemble in its 37th season, and his dedication and enthusiasm have infused the Quartet with a warm, rich tone and a palpable joy in the collaborative process.  The reconfigured group has been greeted with impressive accolades. 

Formed in 1976 and based in New York City, the Emerson continues its series at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. for its 35th season and is Quartet-in-Residence at Stony Brook University. In January 2015, the Quartet received the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award, Chamber Music America's highest honor, in recognition of its significant and lasting contribution to the chamber music field.

Eugene Drucker, violin
Philip Setzer, violin
Lawrence Dutton, viola
Paul Watkins, cello 

Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 5:00 PM 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at 7:30 PM
with Paul Neubauer, viola; Colin Carr, cello

MOZART: Quintet for Strings in E-flat 
LIEBERMANN: String Quartet No. 5 (New York Premiere)
TCHAIKOVSKY: Souvenir de Florence

Pre-concert discussion with composer Lowell Liebermann in the Rose Studio 
at 4:00 PM on 5/17 and 6:30 PM on 5/19

Single tickets starting at $30 — Click here for more information.

Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
1941 Broadway
New York, NY 10023


Emerson String Quartet website | digital press kit

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center website

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