March 20, 2024
CMS Concerts in April

Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 PM • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Alice Tully Hall

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The Orion Quartet, founded in 1987, and CMS artists since 1994 (having offered over 170 CMS performances over the years), have left an indelible mark on the organization and the quartet world. As they bid their final farewell from the CMS stage with  landmark quartets by Beethoven and Schubert, they will be honored with the CMS Award for Extraordinary Service to Chamber Music. The award is presented to individuals and institutions who have shown exceptional dedication to the art form of chamber music and have significantly changed the landscape of chamber music through their passionate commitment and exceptional vision.

Their 36-year career has included collaborations with legendary artists including Peter Serkin, Pablo Casals, Sir András Schiff, Rudolf Serkin, Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman and Leon Fleisher, as well as with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. The Quartet did the premiere recording of Wynton Marsalis's first String Quartet, At The Octoroon Balls (Sony, 1999) and recorded Leon Kirchner's complete string quartets (Albany Records, 2008). And -- for a memorable and hugely popular citywide celebration for the new millennium, "Beethoven 2000" -- the Quartet performed (without a fee) the complete Beethoven cycle as a series of six free concerts around New York City. 
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Franz Schubert Quartet in G major for Strings, D. 887, Op. 161 (1826)
Ludwig van Beethoven Quartet in B-flat major for Strings, Op. 130, with “Grosse Fuge,” Op. 133 (1825)


Sunday, April 7, 5:00 PM • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Alice Tully Hall

Top Row: John Rubinstein, narrator; Joseph Conyers, double bass
Bottom Row: Sebastian Manz, clarinet; Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano

Stravinsky’s masterful work The Soldier’s Tale, for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin and double bass is brought to life by an all-star ensemble.  Broadway and television star John Rubinstein narrates; he has previously appeared in orchestral versions of The Soldier's Tale with conductors Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert and Esa-Pekka Salonen. The cast also features Metropolitan Opera star, mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford, called “revelatory" by The New York Times; the incomparable, award-winning German clarinetist Sebastian Manz, who has been praised for his “enchantingly beautiful intonation and technical prowess” by Fono Forum; the brilliant percussionist Ayano Kataoka, known for her dynamic technique and the unique elegance of her movement on stage; and the young trumpeter Brandon Ridenour, who recently joined the venerable American Brass Quintet.  The program also features Telemann’s Gulliver Suite, songs by Ravel and Respighi’s Il Tramonto – all works with a dramatic flair.
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Georg Philipp Telemann Gulliver Suite from Der Getreue Musik-Meister (The Faithful Music Master) in D major for Two Violins (1728)
Maurice Ravel Chansons madécasses (Madagascan Songs) for Voice, Flute, Cello, and Piano (1925–26)
Ottorino Respighi Il Tramonto (The Sunset) for Mezzo-Soprano and String Quartet (1914)
Igor Stravinsky L’Histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) for Ensemble (1918) 

Tamara Mumford, Mezzo-Soprano • Ken Noda, Piano • Richard Lin, Violin • Alexander Sitkovetsky, Violin • Daniel Phillips, Violin/Viola • Mihai Marica, Cello • Joseph Conyers, Double Bass • Tara Helen O'Connor, Flute • Sebastian Manz, Clarinet • Peter Kolkay, Bassoon • Brandon Ridenour, Trumpet • Weston Sprott, Trombone • Ayano Kataoka, Percussion


Thursday, April 11, 7:30 PM • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Rose Studio at CMS
New York Premiere by David Serkin Ludwig

The third concert in the Sonic Spectrum series offers the New York premiere of a work by David Serkin Ludwig, winner of CMS's Elise. L. Stoeger Prize for composers of chamber music co-commissioned by CMS.  Also on the program are works by Brazilian-American composer Felipe Lara, whose Double Concerto with the New York Philharmonic was one of The New York Times' highlights of 2023; music by two Austrian composers of different generations, Kurt Schwertsik and Johannes Maria Staud; and a work inspired by the wire sculptures of Michael Gard, from the exciting young composer Viet Cuong, who counts Ludwig among his mentors. 
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Felipe Lara Livro dos Sonhos for Clarinet and Piano (2004)
Kurt Schwertsik Haydn lived in Eisenstadt for Viola and Piano, Op. 122 (2020)
Johannes Maria Staud Lagrein for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano (2008)
David Serkin Ludwig Trio No. 4 for Piano, Violin, and Cello, “Hashkiveinu” (2024) --
Viet Cuong Wax and Wire for Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano (2014) 

Wu Qian, Piano • Bella Hristova, Violin • Timothy Ridout, Viola • Jonathan Swensen, Cello • Sebastian Manz, Clarinet 


Friday, April 12, 7:30 PM • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Alice Tully Hall

Nathaniel Silberschlag, horn; David Shifrin, clarinet; Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

Robert Schumann’s works were composed for a wide variety of instruments and ensembles. The first half of the program explores some of Schumann’s more fanciful works for strings, horn, and clarinet; the second half is devoted to one of the composer’s classic piano trios. The ensemble includes pianist Anne-Marie McDermott; David Shifrin on clarinet and the CMS debut of Nathan Silberschlag, principal horn of The Cleveland Orchestra.
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Robert Schumann
Fantasiestücke (Fantasy Pieces) for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 73 (1849)
Adagio and Allegro in A-flat major for Horn and Piano, Op. 70 (1849)
Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales) for Clarinet, Viola, and Piano, Op. 132 (1853)
Andante and Variations for Horn, Two Cellos, and Two Pianos, WoO 10 (1843)
Trio No. 1 in D minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 63 (1847) 

Anne-Marie McDermott, Piano • Alessio Bax, Piano • Ida Kavafian, Violin • Daniel Phillips, Violin/Viola • Estelle Choi, Cello • Paul Watkins, Cello • David Shifrin, Clarinet • Nathaniel Silberschlag, Horn 


Thurs, April 18, 6:30 & 9:00 PM • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Rose Studio at CMS

6:30 PM Sold Out | 9 PM Available
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Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott hosts an evening of music by European composers who lived and wrote around the turn of the 20th century, Reinhold Glière (1875-1956), Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) and Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944), the first female composer to win the Légion d'Honneur.  
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Reinhold Glière Eight Pieces for Violin and Cello, Op. 39 (1909)
Francis Poulenc Sonata for Violin and Piano (1942-43, REV. 1949)
Cécile Chaminade Trio No. 2 in A minor for Piano, Violin, and Cello, Op. 34 (1887) 

Anne-Marie McDermott, Piano & Host • Paul Huang, Violin • Brook Speltz, Cello 


Sunday, April 21, 5:00 PM • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Alice Tully Hall

The deeply human voices of violins, violas, and cellos have inspired much of the greatest music ever composed. Spanning the 18th to 20th centuries, this program begins with Beethoven’s earliest all-string work, Françaix’s effervescent trio and Bridge’s Lament for two violas and concludes with Mendelssohn’s Quintet No. 2. 
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Ludwig van Beethoven Trio in E-flat major for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Op. 3 (BEFORE 1794)
Jean Françaix Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello (1933)
Frank Bridge Lament for Two Violas (1912)
Felix Mendelssohn Quintet No. 2 in B-flat major for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello, Op. 87 (1845) 

Chad Hoopes, Violin • Bella Hristova, Violin • Matthew Lipman, Viola • Timothy Ridout, Viola • Sihao He, Cello


Thursday, April 25, 7:30 PM • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Rose Studio at CMS
Bach's Sonatas for Violin and Piano

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The world renowned violinist Pamela Frank, who has established an outstanding international reputation across an unusually varied range of performing activity, is joined by pianist Stephen Prutsman for a concert of Bach’s six Sonatas for violin and piano. 
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Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata in A major for Violin and Keyboard, BWV 1015 (C. 1720)
Sonata in B minor for Violin and Keyboard, BWV 1014 (BEFORE 1725)
Sonata in E major for Violin and Keyboard, BWV 1016 (BEFORE 1725)
Sonata in C minor for Violin and Keyboard, BWV 1017 (BEFORE 1725)
Sonata in F minor for Violin and Keyboard, BWV 1018 (BEFORE 1725)
Sonata in G major for Violin and Keyboard, BWV 1019 (BEFORE 1725) 

Pamela Frank, Violin • Stephen Prutsman, Piano 

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