November 6, 2023
CMS December Concerts
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center December 2023

Annual Baroque Festival

Friday, December 1, 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 3, 5:00 PM 
Alice Tully Hall
Curated and Performed by Harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss

Renowned harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss curates and performs a collection of rediscovered Baroque chamber works in a variety of different styles; most of the repertoire is being performed at CMS for the first time. This program also includes the rarely heard Les Élémens, a ballet inspired by elements of the natural world composed for instrumental ensemble in 1737 by Jean-Féry Rebel.  "He wrote the piece as a ballet-symphony, a new form at the time," says Weiss. "It explores the moment of creation, a 'big bang,' with a level of discord that was never written in music before. There’s chaos, and then a separation of the elements of earth, water, fire, and air, that all move throughout the piece."

  • Telemann Parisian Quartet No. 2 in A Minor from Nouveaux Quatours en Six Suites for Flute, Violin, and Continuo (1738)
  • C. P. E. Bach Trio Sonata in C Minor for Two Violins and Continuo, H.579, “Sanguineus et Melancholicus” (1749)
  • Buxtehude Trio Sonata in B-flat major for Violin and Continuo, Op. 1, No. 4 (1694)
  • Couperin Le Parnasse, ou L’Apotheose de Corelli, Grande Sonate en Trio for Two Violins and Continuo (1724)
  • Rameau Concert IV from Pièces de Clavecin en Concerts for Flute, Violin, and Continuo (1726–27)      
  • Rebel Les Élémens for Flute, Two Violins, and Continuo (1737)   

Kenneth Weiss, Harpsichord • Alexander Sitkovetsky, James Thompson, Violin • Dmitri Atapine, Cello • Sooyun Kim, Flute

Sunday December 10, 5:00 PM • Alice Tully Hall
Samuel Baron's Arrangement for String Quartet and Wind Quintet

CMS’s annual Bach program presents one of the seminal classical works of all time in a rarely-heard arrangement for nine-piece ensemble. That work is Bach's The Art of the Fugue, and the arrangement for string quartet and wind quintet is by the preeminent American flutist, conductor and pedagogue Samuel Baron (1925-1997). This is a rare opportunity to hear Baron's transcription (recorded with the New York Brass Ensemble), widely seen as one of his signature, legacy accomplishments. 

J.S. Bach The Art of Fugue for String Quartet and Wind Quintet, BWV 1080 (ARR. SAMUEL BARON) (1740–45, 1748–50; ARR. C. 1960)

Aaron Boyd, Sean Lee, Violin • Hsin-Yun Huang, Viola • David Requiro, Cello • Sooyun Kim, Flute • Hugo Souza, Oboe • Romie de Guise-Langlois, Clarinet • Julia Pilant, Horn • Marc Goldberg, Bassoon

The Brandenburg Concertos at CMS | Photo: Tristan Cook

Friday December 15, 7:30 PM
Sunday December 17, 5:00 PM
Tuesday December 19, 7:30 PM
Alice Tully Hall


The Chamber Music Society's hugely popular annual holiday presentation of the Brandenburg Concertos turns 30 this season. For the first time since 2005, CMS performs these masterpieces in numerical order. The intergenerational 21-artist ensemble includes Hyeyeon Park on harpsichord; violinist Daniel Phillips and cellist Timothy Eddy of the Orion Quartet; violist Lawrence Dutton of the Emerson Quartet; flutist Tara Helen O'Connor; and oboist James Austin Smith. 

J. S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 1-6
Hyeyeon Park, Harpsichord • Stella Chen, Ani Kavafian, Richard Lin, Daniel Phillips, Violin • Lawrence Dutton, Matthew Lipman, Arnaud Sussmann, Viola • Timothy Eddy, Mihai Marica, Keith Robinson, Cello • Anthony Manzo, Double Bass • Demarre McGill, Tara Helen O’Connor, Flute • Randall Ellis, James Austin Smith, Stephen Taylor, Oboe • Peter Kolkay, Bassoon • David Byrd-Marrow, Tanner West, Horn • David Washburn, Trumpet 


About the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

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. Through its many performance, education, recording, digital, and broadcast activities, CMS brings the experience of great chamber music to more people than any other organization of its kind with a full season in New York, as well as national and international tours. Under the artistic leadership of 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 best chamber musicians, enabling CMS to present chamber music of every instrumentation, style, and historical period. The CMS Bowers Program, its competitive three-season residency, is dedicated to developing the chamber music leaders of the future and integrates this selection of extraordinary early-career musicians into every facet of CMS activities. Its incomparable digital presence, which regularly enables CMS to reach hundreds of thousands of viewers and listeners around the globe annually, includes: a growing number of live-streamed programs; more than 1,000 hours of performance and education videos free to the public on its website; a 52-week public radio series across the US; radio programming in Taiwan and mainland China; appearances on American Public Media; the monthly program “In Concert with CMS” on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel;  the NY-Emmy-nominated documentary “Transcending: The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Celebrates 50 Years;” the PBS documentary film, "Chamber Music Society Returns;" and performances featured on, Tencent, and SiriusXM’s Symphony Hall channel.

Thousands of children, teens, and adults discover the joys of chamber music and deepen their knowledge and appreciation of this beautiful art form through CMS education and community engagement programs. CMS offers an extraordinary number of learning formats and experiences to engage and inform listeners of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of musical knowledge, and to provide unique educational opportunities for the most talented early career chamber musicians. This includes school-based programs for elementary school students, family concerts in both traditional and casual and accessible formats, teen-centered programs, master classes throughout the United States and internationally, pre-concert composer chats, and insightful lectures for adults on the season’s repertoire.

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