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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.

Click here to read about how the CMS residency at Drew came to be.

2017 Season

Saturday, November 5, 2016

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

Destination Vienna

Vienna has likely produced more music beloved by more people than any city in the world. No Grand Tour would be complete without a stop in the Austrian capital, and on this visit listeners will experience Vienna during three of its definitive artistic eras. While Mozart represents Classical perfection, Brahms supplies Romantic fervor, and Arnold Schoenberg bids a nostalgic farewell to the nineteenth century while offering a tantalizing taste of music to come.

SEAN LEE, violin
ALEXANDER SITKOVETSKY, violin
MATTHEW LIPMAN, viola
RICHARD O’NEILL, viola
KEITH ROBINSON, cello
DAVID FINCKEL, cello, special profile

Mozart Quintet for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Cello in C minor, K. 406

Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht (“Transfigured Night”) for String Sextet, Op. 4

Brahms Sextet for Two Violins, Two Violas, and Two Cellos No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 18 ____________________________________________________

Saturday, March 18, 2017

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

Debussy and Ravel

The Paris that Mendelssohn visited for five months in 1831 seethed with artistic
and societal upheaval. France’s music, in the hands of natives Berlioz and
Gounod and the foreigners Liszt, Meyerbeer, and Chopin, would have to wait
until the end of the century for its true golden age. This program, celebrating
the zenith of French chamber music, gathers four works of unparalleled genius
by the two composers who have come to define, more than any others, the
musical essence of their country.

ANNE-MARIE MCDERMOTT, piano
NICOLAS DAUTRICOURT, violin
ESCHER STRING QUARTET:

ADAM BARNETT-HART, violin
AARON BOYD, violin
PIERRE LAPOINTE, viola
BROOK SPELTZ, cello

Debussy Quartet in G minor for Strings, Op. 10
Ravel Sonata for Violin and Piano
Debussy Sonata for Violin and Piano
Ravel Quartet in F major for Strings
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Saturday, April 29, 2017

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

Return To Mozart

Throughout history, people at life’s critical junctures have turned to the music of Mozart for sustenance and tranquility. This riveting listening experience mirrors life itself – the turbulence of Shostakovich and bracing ferocity of Bartók,culminating in the ideal peace that only Mozart can supply.

GLORIA CHIEN, piano
BELLA HRISTOVA, violin
DANBI UM, violin
MARK HOLLOWAY, viola
DMITRI ATAPINE, cello
DAVID SHIFRIN, clarinet

Bartók Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano, Sz. 111, BB 116
Shostakovich Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67
Mozart Quintet for Clarinet, Two Violins, Viola, and Cello in A major, K. 581
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