February 22, 2024
CMS Concerts in March

Tuesday, February 27, 7:30 PM • Calidore Quartet
Sunday March 3, 5:00 PM • Schumann Quartett
Friday, March 8, 7:30 PM • Quartetto di Cremona
Sunday March 10, 3:00 pm • Escher String Quartet
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Tuesday March 12, 7:30 PM • Alice Tully Hall

With a focus on the intersection of unusual instrumentation, this program offers something for everyone -- piano, strings, woodwinds and brass -- performed by a roster of outstanding artists, including the internationally renowned French horn player Radovan Vlatkovićthe Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen, who is known for his "impeccable technique" (The Washington Post) and "elegant musicianship" (The New York Times); and the young bassist Nina Bernat, who was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant last year and is an incoming member of CMS's Bowers Program. The program begins with three airy duos by Rossini, Beethoven and Britten, moves on to a rare example of Duruflé’s instrumental chamber music, and concludes with all of the musicians coming together for Hummel's Septet in D minor, full of ingenious harmonies and musical flavors. 
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Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata for Horn and Piano, Op. 17 (1800)
Gioachino Rossini Duetto in D major for Cello and Bass (1824)
Benjamin Britten Two Insect Pieces for Oboe and Piano (1935)
Maurice Duruflé Prélude, Récitatif et Variations for Flute, Viola, and Piano, Op. 3 (1928)
Johann Hummel Septet in D minor for Flute, Oboe, Horn, Viola, Cello, Bass, and Piano, Op. 74 (1816)

Juho Pohjonen, Piano • Paul Neubauer, Viola • Nicholas Canellakis, Cello • Nina Bernat, Double Bass • Sooyun Kim, Flute • James Austin Smith, Oboe • Radovan Vlatković, Horn


Tuesday March 19, 7:30 PM • Alice Tully Hall

Rarely heard work by Delphine Von Schauroth 
Music by pianist-composers Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Debussy & Brown

Notwithstanding the technical demands and often-ferocious difficulties in the piano writing, Brown played glitteringly and with dazzling proficiency, demonstrating a keen understanding of the contemporary idiom that he undoubtedly utilizes as a composer.
— Bachtrack

Hailed by the New York Times for his “fearless performances,” pianist and composer Michael Stephen Brown devotes his first solo recital program with CMS to ""exploring how love, friendships, and connections to the past can light a creative spark for composers and propel their artistry into new directions."

The concert, in three parts, opens with Haydn's Fantasia in C Major followed by tributes to Haydn by Ravel, Debussy and Brown himself. This is followed by one of Ravel’s masterworks, Miroirs; Brown's recording of this work (First Hand Records) spurred the BBC Music Magazine to ask, "How many pianists realise the luminosity and the quietest dynamics [of Ravel] as well as Brown?"  After intermission, audiences are introduced to pianist-composer Delphine Von Schauroth, whose compositions are virtually unknown. Von Schauroth was Mendelssohn had an affection for each other, but ultimately wound up marrying other people; she wrote Songs without Words for him during their romantically inclined period. Brown also offers his own Breakup Etude for Right Hand Alone, a work he wrote in the midst of a relationship ending, a minor left hand injury, and pandemic isolation. Two transcriptions from  Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night’s Dream bring this survey of pianist-composers to a close. 

Program Note by Michael Brown


Joseph Haydn Fantasia in C major for Keyboard, Hob. XVII:4, “Capriccio” (1789)
Claude Debussy Hommage à Haydn for Piano (1909)
Maurice Ravel Menuet sur le nom d’Haydn for Piano (1909)
Michael Stephen Brown Etude-Fantasy on the name of Haydn for Piano (2020)

Maurice Ravel Miroirs for Piano (1904–05)
I. Noctuelles (Night Moths)
II. Oiseaux tristes (Sad Birds)
III. Une barque sur l'océan (A Boat on the Ocean)
IV. Alborada del gracioso (The Comedian’s Aubade)
V. La vallée des cloches (The Valley of Bells)


Delphine von Schauroth Selections from Songs Without Words for Piano, Op. 18 (1830)
Felix Mendelssohn Fantasie in F-sharp minor for Piano, Op. 28 (1830)
Michael Stephen Brown Breakup Etude for Right Hand Alone for Piano (2020)
Two transcriptions from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn
    Mendelssohn / Rachmaninoff Scherzo (1842, ARR. 1933)
    Mendelssohn / Liszt / Horowitz Wedding March (1842, ARR. BROWN) 


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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