January 5, 2024
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center February 2024

Thursday February 1, 7:30 PM • Rose Studio at CMS
ART OF THE RECITAL: Timothy Ridout and Frank Dupree

Two young European artists present a duo recital of (mostly) 20th-century repertoire for piano and viola. The British violist Timothy Ridout is a BBC New Generation Artist, a Borletti-Buitoni Trust fellow, and a current member of CMS's Bowers Program; he also just won the 2023 Gramophone Award for Best Concerto recording. The German-born pianist Frank Dupree is winner of the International Classical Music Award and the Opus Klassik and leads his own jazz ensemble, the Frank Dupree Trio. 

George Enescu Concertstück for Viola and Piano (1906)
Gabriel Fauré Elégie for Viola and Piano, Op. 24 (1880)
Rebecca Clarke Sonata for Viola and Piano (1919)
Fritz Kreisler Praeludium and Allegro (in the Style of Pugnani) for Viola and Piano (1905)
York Bowen Sonata No. 1 for Viola and Piano, Op. 18 (1907) 
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Sunday February 4, 5:00 PM • Alice Tully Hall

An exploration of new approaches to composition that emerged in the early 20th century, with music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, one of the most renowned composers of his time; Venezuelan-born French composer Reynaldo Hahn; the violin virtuoso and pioneering composer Eugène Ysaÿe; and the Swiss-American Ernest Bloch, whose Quintet stands as one of his greatest and most inventive works.  

Samuel Coleridge Taylor Four African Dances for Violin and Piano, Op. 58 (1904)
Reynaldo Hahn Quintet in F-sharp minor for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello (1922)
Eugène Ysaÿe Sonata in D minor for Violin, Op. 27, No. 3, “Ballade” (1923)
Ernest Bloch Quintet No. 1 for Piano, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello (1921–23)

Gloria Chien, Piano • Kristin Lee, Violin • James Thompson, Violin • Yura Lee, Viola • Dmitri Atapine, Cello 
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Saturday February 10, 7:30 PM • Alice Tully Hall

Works by trailblazers Debussy and Ravel follow an elegant duo by the founder of the Baroque French violin school, Jean-Marie Leclair, and Olivier Messiaen’s The Blackbird, an extravagant example of the composer’s fascination with bird calls. Also on the program is a 1928 Suite by Marcel Tournier, the harpist and composer’s only chamber music work for harp. Performing artists include harpist Bridget Kibbey and flutist Tara Helen O'Connor.  

Jean-Marie Leclair Sonata in E minor for Two Violins, Op. 3, No. 5 (1730)
Olivier Messiaen Le Merle noir (The Blackbird) for Flute and Piano (1951)
Claude Debussy Danse sacrée et Danse profane for Harp, Two Violins, Viola, Cello, and Bass (1904)
Marcel Tournier Suite for Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Harp, Op. 34 (1928)
Maurice Ravel Sonatine for Flute, Cello, and Harp (arr Carlos Salzedo) (1903–05)
Maurice Ravel Trio in A minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello (1914)

Wu Qian, Piano • Alexander Sitkovetsky, Violin • Danbi Um, Violin • Paul Neubauer, Viola • Isang Enders, Cello • Blake Hinson, Double Bass • Bridget Kibbey, Harp • Tara Helen O'Connor, Flute 
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Sunday February 25, 5:00 PM • Alice Tully Hall

This varied program of vocal and instrumental works explores the music of French composers Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) and Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)—lifelong friends and colleagues—who advanced the cause and rich aesthetic of French music, laying the groundwork for the age of Impressionism with colorful soundscapes in a huge range of genres. 

Gabriel Fauré Dolly Suite for Piano, Four Hands, Op. 56 (1894–96)
Camille Saint-Saëns Sonata in E-flat major for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 167 (1921)
Gabriel Fauré La Bonne Chanson for Soprano, Two Violins, Viola, Cello, Bass, and Piano, Op. 61 (1892–94)
Camille Saint-Saëns Quartet in B-flat major for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 41 (1875) 

Meigui Zhang, Soprano • Gloria Chien, Piano • Anne-Marie McDermott, Piano • Paul Huang, Violin • Arnaud Sussmann, Violin • Matthew Lipman, Viola • David Requiro, Cello • Timothy Cobb, Double Bass • Anthony McGill, Clarinet 
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Calidore String Quartet

Tuesday February 27, 7:30 PM • Alice Tully Hall
Calidore String Quartet

With the retirement of two esteemed senior quartets this year (Emerson and Orion), CMS dedicates its Winter Festival to presenting four young ensembles whose artistry is setting the standard for quartet playing moving forward, showcasing the bright future of classical music.

The Calidore String Quartet, founded in 2010 at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, has garnered recognition as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the repertoire, winners of a 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the only American ensemble to win the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship. The Calidore offers a program stretching from Vienna to London, concluding with Britten’s powerful Second Quartet, composed as a commemoration of the death of Purcell. The Winter Festival continues in March with the Schumann Quartet, Quartetto di Cremona and Escher Quartet. 

Bach/Mozart Selections from The Well-Tempered Clavier, K. 405 (C. 1740, arr. 1782)
Felix Mendelssohn Quartet in E minor for Strings, Op. 44, No. 2 (1837)
Henry Purcell Chacony in G minor for String Quartet (arr. Britten) (C. 1678, arr. 1948, rev. 1963)
Benjamin Britten Quartet No. 2 in C major for Strings, Op. 36 (1945)
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Thursday February 29, 6:30 & 9:00 PM • Rose Studio at CMS

An ensemble of preeminent wind players—including the beloved clarinetist David Shifrin and the world-renowned French horn player Radovan Vlatković—join pianist Gilles Vonsattel for a varied program in this intimate concert in the Rose Studio at CMS. The 6:30 PM performance offers traditional seating, and the 9:00 PM performance, which is also available via livestream, offers cabaret-style seating with a complimentary glass of wine and snacks. 

Camille Saint-Saëns Romance for Horn and Piano in E major, Op. 67 (1862)
Mélanie Bonis Sonata for Flute and Piano (1904)
Francis Poulenc Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon (1922, rev. 1945)
Louis Spohr Quintet for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, and Piano, Op. 52 (1820) 

Gilles Vonsattel, Piano • Tara Helen O'Connor, Flute • David Shifrin, Clarinet • Marc Goldberg, Bassoon & Host • Radovan Vlatković, Horn 
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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 Medici.tv, 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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