The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

 

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Wu Han and David Finckel. Photo credit: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) is one of eleven constituents of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the largest performing arts complex in the world. Along with other constituents such as the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center Theater, and The Metropolitan Opera, the Chamber Music Society has its home at Lincoln Center, in Alice Tully Hall. Through its performance, education, and recording/broadcast activities, it draws more people to chamber music than any other organization of its kind.

The partnership of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Drew University is happy to bring seasonal concerts to the Concert Hall. CMS has been a residency partner with Drew since the 2006-2007 season with the help and friendship of co-Artistic Directors, Wu Han and David Finckel.

Read About How the CMS residency at Drew came to be.

Our 2018-2019 Season

Pre-concert conversation with CMS artists at 7:15 PM

The Kreutzer Connection

Like Tolstoy’s shocking novella, The Kreutzer Sonata, this thrilling, theatrical program turns on Beethoven’s violin sonata. Janáček’s quartet vividly captures Tolstoy’s action. One of Kreutzer’s own beguiling Caprices and other highly-charged works complete this fascinating program.

JUHO POHJONEN, Piano
ANGELO XIANG YU, Violin
CALIDORE STRING QUARTET

RYAN MEEHAN, Violin
JEFFREY MYERS, Violin
JEREMY BERRY, Viola
ESTELLE CHOI, Cello

Beethoven Quartet in F minor for Strings, Op. 95, “Serioso” (1810-11)
Prokofiev Sarcasms, Five Pieces for Piano, Op. 17 (1912-14)
Janáček Quartet No. 1 for Strings, “The Kreutzer Sonata” (1923)
Kreutzer Caprice No. 35 in E-flat major for violin (1796)
Beethoven Sonata in A major for violin and piano, Op. 47, “Kreutzer” (1802–03)

Pre-concert conversation with CMS artists at 2:15 PM

International Collection

Debussy’s impressionist cello sonata and Brahms’s magisterial string sextet are accompanied by a colorful clarinet trio by the Armenian Aram Khachaturian and a significant addition to the piano quintet repertoire by Welshman Huw Watkins. A cast of powerhouse players promises an unforgettable performance.

GILLES VONSATTEL, Piano
PAUL HUANG, Violin
ALEXANDER SITKOVETSKY, Violin
MATTHEW LIPMAN, Viola
RICHARD O’NEILL, Viola
NICHOLAS TZAVARAS, Cello
PAUL WATKINS, Cello
DAVID SHIFRIN, Clarinet

Debussy Sonata for cello and piano (1915)
Khachaturian Trio for clarinet, violin, and piano (1932)
Watkins Quintet for piano, two violins, viola, and cello (CMS Co-Commission) (2017)
Brahms Sextet No. 2 in G major for two violins, two violas, and two cellos, Op. 36 (1864–65)

Pre-concert conversation with CMS artists at 7:15 PM

From Mendelssohn

Mendelssohn’s mastery of melody, form, counterpoint, and the chamber idiom were imitated for generations. Bookended by Mendelssohn’s own works, his admirers respond with their own Mendelssohnian gifts: Schumann’s piano trio; Brahms’s lyricism through the dark voice of the viola; and Tchaikovsky’s character pieces, combining Russian melancholy and splendor in selections from “The Seasons”.

INON BARNATAN, Piano
CHO-LIANG LIN, Violin
PAUL NEUBAUER, Viola
JAKOB KORANYI, Cello
ROMIE DE GUISE-LANGLOIS, Clarinet

Mendelssohn Lied ohne Worte in D major for cello and piano, Op. 109 (1845)
Schumann Märchenerzählungen (Fairy tales) for clarinet, viola and piano, Op. 132 (1853)
Brahms Sonata in E-flat major for viola and piano, Op. 120, No. 2 (1894)
Tchaikovsky Selections from Les saisons for piano, Op. 37b (1875–76)
Mendelssohn Trio No. 2 in C minor for piano, violin and cello, Op. 66 (1845)